Catalano’s on Main Street in Cibolo, Texas, doesn’t look like much from the outside, and if you are looking for snazzy decor, the inside will not excite you. But if you are looking for the best hand-tossed pizza in the area, or for excellent pasta dishes — all at affordable prices — you will love Catalano’s!
This modest Italian eatery is a BYOB establishment — no liquor is served, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine or beer, if you wish. I usually stick with the excellent iced tea, which is happily and often refilled.
I love the pizza here! Available in personal, small, medium or large size, every pizza features fresh ingredients, excellent tomato sauce, and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. On a recent visit, we opted for the medium specialty pizza, which is enough for four eaters or for two hungry eaters who want to take home leftovers.
First came the side salad, ordered separately. The lettuce and grape tomatoes are made special through the addition of the house dressing — an excellent creamy Italian — and home croutons that I believe are made from the fresh focaccia bread made on the premises.
The specialty pizza features pepperoni, ham and really terrific Italian sausage, plus red onion, fresh mushroom, black olives, and red, green and yellow peppers. It is SO good! And it looks wonderful as well. The hand-tossed crust is wonderful — crisp and substantial, but not overpowering the toppings.
A single slice can almost fill you up, but somehow I always manage two or three.
The waitstaff is occasionally overwhelmed — at these prices and quality, you see lots of largish family parties, and there are always a lot of take-out orders. But they are always happy to box up your leftovers or make up to-go ice tea cups.
The last night I was there, a key lime pie was being offered for dessert. For $1.50, I tried a slice. It wasn’t made on site, but it was pretty good.
The food is always made fresh when you order it, so patience can be required when the place is busy. But it’s all good– the calzones! The stuffed pizzas! The pastas! I love the ravioli and the eggplant parmesan. Everything here is good and fresh. And the focaccia bread made on site is phenomenally good.
Each day there is a special, usually a pasta dish, bread and salad, for about $6.95. On Wednesday night there is a pizza buffet. Also, the place offers s military discount.
For quality, taste and value, Catalano’s can’t be beat! Even if you have to drive a bit to get to Cibolo, you will definitely think it’s worth the trip.