Joe Campisi's the Egyptian Italian Resturant is my favorite Italian resturant in the city. I was first taken there as a small child with my brother and my parent and a family friend and his family. I agree with what fcbx said about the reviewer getting the opening dates wrong, the original resturant has been open long before 1964, the Egyptian actually opened in 1946 as another critic rightly pointed out. My parents were first taken there by my grandparents when they were small children too. The pizza is by far the best in the metroplex. The person who said it doesn't even compare to New York pizza has probably never eaten New York pizza either. The other items on and the menu are just as good. The sauce is exceptional and the legendary appetizer of the crab claws scampi is to die for. One of my favorite orders there is a the crab claws scampi and salad as antipasto followed by the lasagne and meatballs with sauce, along with a good bottle of Italian red wine, and then of course you order the pizza as a take home item. The sauce reminds me of my grandfather's except he uses more wine in his sauce I believe. The pizza has rich and fullfilling flavors that start from the crispy crust and work their way up through a rich and delicious pizza sauce, good cheeses, and of course the toppings are spread on lavishly. While famous for the chunk pepperoni, you should also try the other toppings as well. I hope in the future the, ""reviewer"" will pay more attention to the actual history and true facts of this place. The Egyptian did get something of a bad reputation when a famous Major League Basebal Umpire was shot and hurt seriously just outside the resturant. It was a terrible thing, but don't let something like this stop you from going, because it is in a well patroled and relatively safe neighborhood. Please check out ""Campisi"" as it is affectionately called, even though it does have the unusual name of, The Egyptian, for an Italia Ristorante'. Molto deliciosos!
Pros: Try the crab claws scampi. It is among the top five antipasti dishes of any Italian resturant in the metroplex.
Cons: Parking is alway a problem at a small resturant in a deep urban environment as this. Be prepared to walk a little.