Donna Cooks

The Best Northern Carrollton Has to Offer? Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza
February 7, 2007, 1:52 pm
Filed under: DFW Restaurant Reviews

By this May, I will have been at my apartment for two years.  I flirted with the idea of moving to a house last year househunting in far north Dallas/southwest Plano, trying desperately to stay in an area that I’ve come to really appreciate with all its shopping and dining options (Nordstrom’s Rack, Central Market, Zorba’s, oh all the things I’m going to miss…).  Nothing suitable ever came up (well something did but that fell through) and the real estate prices in west Plano keep climbing.  This year I started looking in northern Carrollton, which is for the most part a pristine new area with all your suburban necessities.  But that’s just the problem, suburban necessities apparently mean the restaurant selection is all chain restaurants, no no, fast food chains.  I can’t remember which intersection it is (Old Denton and some street), but in that one intersection alone there’s an Arby’s, a McDonald’s, a Subway, a Wendy’s, a Panda Express, and a Pizza Hut/KFC/Taco Bell (the 3-in-1 variety).  What may be a college student’s idea of paradise is certainly a nightmare for me.

Last night, after meeting up with the real estate agent, I decided to try one of the only non-fast food places in northern Carrollton with promising publicity, Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta, with a friend who just moved that way last summer.  Goodfellas is located in a typical suburban red brick strip mall next to a Starbucks on the southeast corner of Frankford and Old Denton.  The little restaurant is clean and simple inside and out.


Goodfella’s is technically a chain, but with only 6 locations nationwide (3 in New York/New Jersey, one in Indiana, one in Puerto Rico, and randomly, one in Carrollton), it’s not exactly a suburban standard.

The menu is comprised of sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas (as the name of the restaurant indicates).  With three diners, we opted for a large specialty pizza, the Smokin’ Goodfella (17″ of pie topped with smoked mozzarella, roasted pepper cream sauce, roasted peppers, sausage and onions, and Pecorino cheese), which turned out to be enough to feed 4 (we had a couple of slices leftover).


With all the “roasted” and “smoked” toppings and the name of “Smokin” Goodfella, you would expect the pizza to have a distinct smokey flavor.  Such was not the case.  Though the crust was thin and chewey and the toppings fresh, there was really nothing special about this specialty pizza when it came to flavor.  All the building blocks of a good pizza were there (crust and toppings) but the combination we chose just didn’t stand out. 

We also had complimentary average crusty bread and olive oil dip before the pizza.

Goodfellas didn’t impress me in the way I had hoped (and my enthusiasm for possibly moving to this area is certainly not growing).  If I do end up moving here, I’ll definitely try it out again and order a different specialty pizza.  I was really hoping to find a reliable neighborhood favorite.  Anyone out there have suggestions for northern Carrollton?

Rating: 2.5 / 5 

Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta
3052 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75007


6 Comments so far
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The intersection with all the fast food chains is Hebron and Josey.

Supposedly, Italian Villa and Palio’s at the intersection of Hebron and Old Denton are really good as well.

Comment by RunTNG

Donna, check out Mena’s tex-mex on trinity mills and marsh (se corner) a gem of a tex-mex find in the burbs’. Also heard a lot about Sweet Basil. Might want to check that place out.

Comment by Anonymous

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have actually been to Sweet Basil a couple of times and enjoyed it. I will try out the other recs and report back!

Comment by donnaaries

Donna, i forgot to mention Seabose (SW corner marsh/trinity mills)

Comment by Anonymous

Palio’s and Italian Villa (Hebron & Old Denton) are excellent! Palio’s does great thin crust pizza. They do great with the basics (cheese, peperoni, sausage, etc), but they also have great signature pizzas. It’s BYOB and most do! Great place to hang out with other families. Italian Villa is also great. They’ll do more classic dishes (spaghetti, lazagna, and etc), but they have a killer NY style pizza. Try the Chicken Murphy!

Comment by Steve Cadigan

2 other good places are Cafe brazil
and Nico’s Cocina for good mexican

Comment by Anonymous

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