pizzaThe results of our inaugural best pizza contest are in and Lake Highlands’ preferred pizza is neighborhood staple, family owned Primo Brothers Pizza and Pasta. Luan and Mirlinda Vraniqi run the restaurant, which opened in 1982. Their parents Jimmy and Julia, as well as niece Eva, are all involved in the business.

The family and their pizza-making philosophy hails from New York City — your Primo Brothers Pizza will be thin, crispy in the right spots with a light layer of cheese and tomato-y sauce that permeates the fresh toppings. In true New York style, they also offer it by the slice.

And not just pizza — the menu is chock full of subs, pastas, salads and desserts. Those subs – further evidence of the eatery’s northeastern lineage – are tops. The Philly cheese steak, for instance, comes with an impressive mound of thinly sliced steak, onions and peppers topped with a steaming layer of melted mozzarella – all stuffed loosely into a toasted Italian roll.

Luan, who says he’s very proud and excited to win Lake Highlands Advocate’s, by popular vote, Best Of: Pizza, says he knew he had the loyalty of many Lake Highlands customers.

“We are involved in the neighborhood and we know they support us,” he says.

Luan tells us that not too much about the restaurant has changed since the early days. “We keep things traditional and focus on quality, showing what we do well,” he says. However, he notes that they do update the menu periodically, something they likely will do in the next year.

Eat inside Primo Brothers cool NYC-inspired dining room, pick up or opt for delivery. You can also stay up-to-date on specials and events via Primo Brothers’ Facebook page.

Lake Highlands’ best pizza — honorable mentions:

Tony’s Pizza and Pasta claimed runner up and Atomic Pie was readers’ third choice for neighborhood’s best pizza.

1. Primo Brothers Pizza, 9310 Forest, 214.341.4414

2. Atomic Pie, 9660 Audelia, 214.553.5733

3. Tony’s Pizza, 10233 E. Northwest Highway, 214.503.0388

Next up in our reader’s choice contest: best breakfast/brunch. Go here to see the nominees and cast your vote.