Antonio's Flying Pizza
2920 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 783-4854
Phone: (770) 607-4992
Fax: (713) 783-6089
Fax: (713) 783-4854
Antonios Flying Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Good for Kids: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
10/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
As a native Houstonian who has traveled the world (including New York and Chicago for the yanks who think the only good Italian food can be found there) ... well, Antonio's can hold it's own with the best. Why? Well, one thing is Mr. Antonio came from NY a zilliion years ago and is a perfectionist chef... 2) he hand picks his own produce and meats 3) the cheese vendors can't stand him ... as he he makes and ages his own mozarella on premise... 4) all bread and hand tossed pizza dough made on site and ... get this - no indigestion as he preboils acid out of the tomatoes before adding to homemade sauce. The pizza is awesome as are the pasta dishes ... salads always cold/fresh and not a sprig of imperfect vegetables. Good wine choices at reasonable prices. And if you have kids - well getting a big giant floppin pizza dough thrown on your heads is better than catching a fly ball at an Astros game. Any cons - you may have to wait in line if you get there late ... servers are a little slow at times. As far as the other comments where people said the owners or their daughters were rude ... well - if they were rude you probably deserved it as this family run restaurant is ""well run"" and has a great family ... get to know them! In case you think I am some Italian buddy of the Antonios ,.. I am not ... Scots-Irish/ German and he still greets my grown daughter with ""ciao bella"" and has since she was a little girl.
08/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to Antonio's for years because they do have good pizza and food. Unfortunately their service is pathetic. The hostess is rude and comes off as a snob. The owner is also about as bad. They've had many opportunities to prove otherwise but they're always the same - rude and snobby. They never apologize for their (hostess and/or waiter's) mistakes and always make it seem like it's the customer's fault when it's not. I know a few others who have gone there in the past with the same results and many just don't bother to return.
07/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I grew up eating home-cooked Italien food. Antonio's is the real deal. Its a cozy, family-style, unpretentious kind of place that feels homey. Antonio's is like coming home to family to me. Bring an appetite, you're gonna need it. Plan to spend some time nursing a glass of wine and enjoying the awesome food. Trust me, you won't be able to make up your mind what to eat. Strike up a conversation with Antonio and listen to his stories of the old days--you might learn a thing or two. While you're at it, check out the new wine room in back. Nice quiet room for a romantic date. His daughter Antonella is the best hostess in Houston and will make you feel right at home. You gotta problem wid dat? :) Make Antonio's your home too. Bring some friends, eat and then eat some more. You won't be disappointed--you'll be stuffed!--but coming back for more! Buon appetito!
06/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First, they are rude. Extremely rude. Second, they serve cheap French-style Vietnamese baguettes (available at Vietnamese bakeries for 10/$1) in place of authentic crusty Italian bread. Third, the waiters are CLUELESS and do not know anything about Italian cuisine much less the pronunciation of words. Fourth, a panini at Antonio's is not actually a panini and once again, is served on cheap Vietnamese baguettes. Fifth, their ingredients sit in their freezer for too long. Everything was stale or about to expire. Crab should not be served stale!!! Sixth, no one came to offer dish replacements when we said ""this is not fresh and tastes horrible"". We waited 15 minutes for a manager that never showed. Finally, we just left our uneaten plates on the table and got up to leave. The manager/hostess/owner's daughter finally said ""Oh I was just about to come over"". Then the owner came out and started yelling that we must have bad taste in food and ""Why don't you just let your mother cook for you!"" when all I was doing was trying to give constructive criticism like ""panini's should be made with italian bread, and crab should never be served after having freezer burn"". Also, my friend and I each had one bite of each other's dish before we decided they both dishes were inedible. The owner wanted us to pay for half the meal saying ""you can't just come in here for a free ride"". HORRIBLE experience. Anyone that likes this restaurant has never had good food. It looked like all their patrons were the kinds that don't know how to boil water.
01/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The owner was rude along with the hostess. We sat next to the bar. A server made a mistake and we spent the rest of our meal listening to the owner berate the server. My daughter learned some 4 letter words that night. NOT A FAMILY RESTAURANT.....Why give your business to someone that doesn't even care about the comfort of his patrons? The owner and hostess/cashier made our party of 8 feel like they were doing us a favor by coming to eat at this establishment. There are plenty of great places to eat in Houston....cross Antonio's off your list.
01/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First time customer and will not return. Hostess very rude and lectured our group. We were clearly not welcome there even if we had called ahead. They will not seat groups or split bills. They would have been happy if we would have walked right back out and not given them any of our business. How can any restaurant afford to turn down paying customers in today's economy and multiple venue choices?!!! They were not busy even during lunch hr. Could that be a sign?
06/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Being for the NYC/New Haven, CT area, I am beyond spoiled when it comes to pizza. I believe Houston has some of the best food in the U.S., but it was difficult to find good pizza.
However, Antonio's Flying pizza was fantastic. Service was excellent and the pizza reminded me of being back in NYC. Being a big fan of pizza I surely breathed a big sigh of relief after going Antonio's.
12/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was planning a birthday party to be held at this restaurant for 12 people. When I called to make the reservation, I was informed that they do not seat large parties (more than 8), and that we could come and wait for individual tables to become free if we wanted. They told me that the house would be busy at 6, and that it would be too hard to get a group table. The manager that I spoke with was not very friendly.
In addition, I also found out that they DO NOT DO SEPARATE CHECKS. Only one check would be given.
I had a party here about 6 years ago, and it seemed fine... I suppose things have changed since then.
ALL IN ALL- I would suggest not going here for a party of any sort, or a group function, unless you plan on waiting for a while and being separated, and paying in cash. This seems to be on par with the last several reviews regarding bad customer service....
09/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Antonios has good food, but their service needs some work. I do not understand why they go on a wait when they have seating areas in the middle and back of the restuarant. They could a least have a bartendar so one could enjoy a beverage whil waiting due to lack of good staff and good management. They should take notes from Carrabba's on Voss.
06/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am from the northeast so I consider myself familiar with good, New York style pizza. Unfortunately, Antonio's Flying Pizza was only able to capture the unpleasantness of New York city drivers. I took my girlfriend to this ""restaurant"" with the belief that we would at least be served. After a 45 minute wait, we were seated and ordered our drinks and food. (chicken francese, baked clams, and a large cheese pizza). Another 45 minutes later, we noticed the family that was seated after us had already been served. After complaining to our inattentive waiter, the chicken francese and baked clams showed up 15 minutes later without an apology, or an explanation. The pizza was MIA. The clams were mediocre and the chicken was soggy. The prices, however, were high. After complaining again for not receiving the pizza, it showed up with enough grease to lubricate an engine. We will never go back. For better food and prices, go to Romano's on West Gray.
02/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am reading some of the negative reviews and cannot believe it. I have eaten at Antonios probably 50 times and have never eaten a bad meal. If you are looking for fast, cheap food, then go eat drive thru junk. Antonios is fresh ingredients that take time to prepare. I never understand these people who go to restaurants and want everything ""fast"". What is the deal with that? Go eat fast food if you want your food in five minutes for under $5. The pizza, antipasto, pesto, and meatballs are some of the best around. Do not be discouraged by bad reviews - THIS PLACE IS LEGIT.
02/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
If you want to be insulted go there. I have heard very good things about this restaurant. I had a dinner over there and the food was ""AWEFUL"" but I had a close friend which I didn't want to ruin his night. So I called the manager the other day and they were supposed to call me back. After a while I called again just to follow up and the so called ""Manager"" was rudely said ""He wouldn't believe me and it was your problem!!"" I asked him to talk with Antonio and he mentioned that ""Antonio is busy and wouldn't talk with a customer!"" Well I was so frustrated that the manager (he wasn't Antonio I should mention). They think they have the best food ever and they can say whatever they want. But trust me I know very better place with cheaper price and definitely more respect.
11/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We drove out to Antonio's Flying Pizza because of the positive reviews here on citysearch. These reviews that claim anything good about the pizza must have been written by the owner's. The pizza is garbage. There is nothing special about this pizza that you couldn't get out of a frozen pizza pocket. Honestly, it may not be the worst pizza I've ever had, but it certainly comes close. Very uninspiring! I wasn't even upset that the couple that came after us were well into their salad before we even got our water, because I was hopeful that the pizza would be good. I didn't care that the hostess was unfriendly. Maybe she was having a bad night. Maybe her goldfish died...who knows? I didn't care, I was very hopeful of the pizza. So disappointing! Please don't go here for pizza unless all of the other pizza joints in town have been closed due to the strongarm of Antonio's mofia hitmen - weird, insider vibe in there. This place is terrible!