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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Features Delivery, kid-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


5700 Legacy
Plano, TX
(972) 943-8600
Sun–Thu 10:30am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:30am–11:00pm

Northwest Dallas
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, TX
(214) 522-1828
Sat 4:00pm–9:00pm
Sun–Thu 10:30am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:30am–11:00pm
Sal’s Pizza
This place is stayin’ alive on the virtue of its simple, uncluttered pies

Back in the early 2000s, Dallas was a town divided into four camps. There was the Campisi’s crowd, centered around SMU and the Park Cities, near the Campisi family’s so-called “Egyptian” pizza place. Pizza by Marco drew another set of supporters. A third group favored Louie’s, the windowless dive on Henderson.

Younger folk who had traveled to New York with only enough money to sample street food à la Tony Manero gravitated to Sal’s, home of greasy, floppy Big Apple neighborhood pies. The big four have since been overshadowed by authentic Neapolitan parlors and steady gourmet ovens. Indeed, many pizza aficionados now wonder why we ever praised such places. But Sal’s remains a prime example of the storied New York crust. The toppings are inexpensive, the presentation careless, but the experience still reminds one of Saturday Night Fever’s famous opening scene. There’s no preening.

Even inside the Legacy storefront, Sal’s keeps things on the down-low, with inexpensive furnishings and relatively bare walls. But that’s about as good as it gets. While the rest of the pizza world invested in wood or coal ovens, artisanal cheese, tomatoes with a name attached, and imported meats, Sal’s remained a relative cheapskate. It’s just pizza—and not at all fancy pizza.

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