A brand-new pizzeria is officially open in The Pizitz Food Hall, brought to us by Chef Erica Barrett, the master-mind behind popular SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar. We tried Dough Boy Pizza and its menu of unique toppings—here’s what to expect when you visit.
A new restaurant from acclaimed Chef Erica Barrett
In early 2022, Southern chef Erica Barrett opened SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar in The Pizitz Food Hall after opening other locations throughout the South.
After finding a pizza maker sitting in SOCU in The Pizitz, Erica’s new goal was opening the perfect pizza concept for the food hall. Enter: Dough Boy!
“I am impressed with the growth of Birmingham. I see so many repurposed buildings and new developments. I enjoy shaping what Birmingham is becoming.”Erica Barrett, Chef + Owner, Dough Boy Pizza
Dough Boy Pizza menu highlights
The menu at Dough Boy Pizza has something for everyone, from picky eaters to adventurous tasters. Build your own pizza, keep it simple with pepperoni or cheese or order one of the unique topping options.
Here’s what we got:
- Villa Christina: ham, pineapple, red onion, four white cheeses + cilantro
- Public Enemy No. 1: short rib, caramelized onions
Plus, if you like the finer things in life, Dough Boy even has a pizza with lobster and spicy aioli.
The Public Enemy No. 1 was my absolute favorite, and now I’m wondering why we didn’t put short rib on pizza sooner.
The Villa Christina was another standout, which was a surprise to me considering I don’t typically enjoy pineapple. Their take on the Hawaiian pizza offered just enough sweetness to make the ham and marinara even more savory, without tasting like dessert.
Wanna know Erica’s favorite? The Goodfella, a pizza with marinara, pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon.
Wanna know the best part? They cover the crust in garlic butter, so every single bite of pizza is as flavorful as the next. It’s a bit messy, but I’m not above licking my fingers.
Love sauce? Same. Add delish drizzles to any of their pizzas with options like:
- Bacon aioli
- Barbecue sauce
- Garlic butter
- Pesto aioli
Get a pizza this for yourself
Dough Boy Pizza doesn’t just have inventive flavor combos—they’re also changing the way they use technology for even speedier service.
You won’t find any cashiers at Dough Boy Pizza. Instead, you can check out the menu and order your pizza via a kiosk. Then, Dough Boy’s chefs get to work making your pizza immediately. You’ll get a text when your pizza’s ready so you can chow down.
Stay tuned—it looks like Birmingham is getting the first location of Dough Boy Pizza, but Erica has plans to expand. Plus, she wants to open even more restaurants in Birmingham.
“I am really loving Birmingham and the rich culture of the city. I plan to open more concepts over the next few years.”Erica Barrett, Chef + Owner, Dough Boy Pizza
- Location: 1821 2nd Ave N, #3112, Birmingham, AL 35203
- Hours: Monday-Saturday 11-8PM
- The Pizitz Food Hall website | Dough Boy Pizza Instagram