Location: 2202 W Alabama, Houston TX 77098
Age Appropriate: All ages
Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 7-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.
This week, we went on a whim to try a new restaurant. As we were driving back from Trader Joe’s on W. Alabama, we noticed a bright red new sign: Bollo Woodfired Pizza. We all got excited about the wood fired pizza and we are glad we stopped. It is a new Italian (Neapolitan to be precise) restaurant with a made-in Italy oven that is as beautiful as incredibly hot!
Bollo has a great feel as soon as you open the door. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The left side is the dedicated bar area with counter space and a huge convivial table. The dining room to the right is centered along the open kitchen with the huge wood oven in the middle.
There is a great mix between casualness and sophistication in the details and service that attracts families. There were many children of all ages last Saturday night. They have some tables outside but there is not fence between the parking and the dining area. Their bathroom are ready for all!
The children menu is simple and my son chose the cheese pizza. Their menu is mostly pizza but also offers great alternatives such as pasta dishes, salads… My husband opted for a pizza too and built his own with sausage, pepperoni and olives.
Bollo split the pizza into two categories: bianco and rosse depending on the base ingredients: olive oil or tomatoes. I wanted to try something different from their menu so I picked the lamb shank with polenta. I have to say that service was really quick. The advantage of the wood fired oven is how quick it cooks!
The pizza was piping hot and delicious! The crust was thin but still doughy, not greasy at all (it reminded us of Luna Pizzeria). The size is great for one person and the ingredients are fresh and savory.
My plate was beautiful and the lamb was melting in my mouth! My son liked it and ate it while his pizza was cooling down. The meat was coming off the bone and the polenta was good too. The sauce was great and with the polenta it was delicious!
We really enjoyed our dinner, we felt well taken care of by the staff and our son felt at ease there. Bollo is a wonderful option for delicious pizza in a nice atmosphere conducive to happy family dinners! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did!
As I was writing the review, I realized I didn’t know what Bollo meant. A quick search later, I can tell you it means stamp in Italian. But now I think I need to go back to ask why they chose this name!!
See you next week for another culinary adventure!