Since 1979, Isabel Wagenheim and her husband, Howard, have been serving thin pizza and thick cheesecake. He's from Brooklyn, New York, and she's from Spain. Together they formed and nurtured a Grand Prairie legend, Isabella's Pizzeria.
Now, after 31 years, they are selling their establishment. Herb Booth, a special contributor for The Dallas Morning News, quotes Isabel as saying, "It's time. I'm ready to step down. I'm tired." However, they are not just stepping away from it. They would like to see the restaurant continue on with the "Isabella's" name: "We've put too much sweat in it to give it away. We've got great and loyal customers. It's built-in success."
The pizza at Isabella's is just right. Thin crust doesn't mean "crispy" at this pizzeria. It is thin, but chewy, with just enough hardness to hold it together. The ingredients are layered under the cheese, as is the custom of Italian restaurants that know what they're doing. A 12-inch medium (cheese only) is priced around $12, while the 16-inch large is $15, unless you cut out that coupon from the Grand Prairie Yellow Pages (a phone book has a use in the 21st Century?), in which case a large two-topping pie is only $13.99.
Salads are made fresh daily. The tomatoes seem especially red and juicy. A regular house salad ($3.00) comes with crackers, and is plenty for two adults... which is probably why they make a small house salad ($2.25). Save some of that ranch dressing to dip your pizza crust.
Isabella's is known for Isabel's homemade cheesecake, sold by the slice or whole. Unfortunately, that was unavailable for review when the Grand Prairie Restaurant Examiner dined in. Lasagna, spaghetti, calzones, and subs are also on the menu.
617 W. Marshall Dr.
Tues.-Thu 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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