In September 2021, Tracey and Chris Nowlin bought Bada Bing Pizzeria in League City.

As locals, they frequented the restaurant, which has been in business since 2009, they said.

Although they had very little restaurant experience at the time of purchase, Chris said he had a passion for pizza, which included a pizza-related blog. A self-taught pizza chef, Chris received the book “The Pizza Bible” as a gift in 2015.

“That was how I started to make pizza,” Chris said. “I really started learning about the science behind the dough.”

By the time Bada Bing Pizzeria was for sale in 2021, Chris and Tracey were hosting pizza parties and researching how they could start their own business.

“We knew it was the right time, and we thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot,’” Chris said.

After 10 months of transition and renovations, the restaurant officially reopened last July. The pizzeria now offers new menu items, such as fried Alfredo balls; fried lasagna; and specialty pizzas with toppings such as Buffalo chicken, sliced prosciutto and chicken Alfredo.

“That is something we started doing with the entire menu,” Chris said. “How can we take something traditional and make it new?”

The 10-inch personal pizzas start at $10 and go up to 18-inch specialty pizzas for $24 or more.

“We want to keep our prices very reasonable because we want people to be able to afford it,” Tracey said.

With nearly 3,000 Facebook followers, the restaurant has connected with the community around them. Every Feb. 21, the restaurant celebrates Chris’ birthday by donating a pizza to charity for every pizza purchased that day.

This year, they handed 52 pizzas out to local nonprofits as a thank you to the community, the Nowlins said.

“People are so thankful, and it’s pizza!” Tracey said. “We love pizza, and it is so rewarding for us to give what we love to this community.”

Bada Bing Pizzeria

2925 S. Gulf Freeway, Ste. I, League City


Hours: Tue.-Thu., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; closed Mon.