My day with the Junior Snob Squad, that is my son and nephew, began with a lunchtime visit to Nizza Pizza in Weatherford. I am happy to report that they still make one awesome slice of pizza. Since we needed to head over to Fort Worth for some business, we thought we’d check out Hysen’s Nizza Pizza while we were there. After all, what better way to follow up a pizza lunch than with an afternoon pizza snack!
Doing my homework, I learned that both the Fort Worth and Colleyville Nizza locations have different ownership than the Weatherford, Waco, and Granbury ones. The Fort Worth locations are owned by the brother. This didn’t concern me since I knew they were both New Yorkers who headed west bringing their classic pizza recipes with them. Hysen’s has been in Forth Worth now since 1997 after starting in the pizza biz in Manhattan in 1975.
Much like the Weatherford joint (I’ve yet to visit any of the others), Hysen’s works out of a free-standing building. They have a great location near a busy business district and not too far from Texas Christian University. Their spacious room has a cool pizza joint vibe, and there is plenty of parking out front–rare by Fort Worth standards. In addition to pizza, they offer a full Italian menu. If you are too tired to leave home, they will deliver.
Since I said that this would be a snack, the Squad and I each ordered a single plain cheese slice priced at a reasonable $2.25 a pop. The friendly fellow at the counter said they were fresh out of the oven, so he didn’t even need to reheat them. I would later disagree.
Despite being lukewarm, the slices were classic and tasted wonderful. They had a good balance of quality ingredients cooked just right. No doubt an oven refresh would have really helped to amp up the flavor. Nonetheless, we were very pleased and knew that we had discovered the best pizza joint in Cowtown.
In comparing it to Weatherford’s Nizza, we all thought that it was a notch below. Maybe it was just the lack of the refresh. My nephew, the Tay-ster, however, thought that the tomato sauce in Fort Worth wasn’t as rich as the one in Weatherford.
Minutia aside, we snobs loved it and will certainly return next time we are in town.
PIZZA SNOB RATING ****Near Perfection
Hysen’s Nizza Pizza
401 University Drive
Forth Worth, TX 76107