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Austin restaurants: Pizza places 

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Austin restaurants: Pizza places
Mary Austin McKenna enjoys a huge slice of pizza with her family at Home Slice Pizza, the independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza.

By Matthew Odam

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Everybody loves pizza. Below are some local places that focus on pizza.*

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at modam@statesman.com and I will add it to our online listings.)

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360 Pizza. 6203 N. RM 620. 512-428-4788; 2107 Kinney Ave. 512-447-4992, atxpizza.com. This outfit recently expanded to the South Lamar area. In addition to pizzas and salads they also serve an Italian salumi platter and calzones. 

Austin Beer Garden Brewing. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, TheABGB.com. A casual, straightforward pizza-and-beer joint by two veterans of Austin’s beer scene.

Austin’s Pizza. Multiple locations, austinspizza.com. The local homegrown mini-empire that started in 1999 has grown to 12 locations, from South Lamar Boulevard to Round Rock.

The Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, thebackspace-austin.com. Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef Shawn Cirkiel’s small restaurant that also delivers charcuterie and a nice roster of antipasti.

Brick Oven Pizza. Multiple locations. brickovenaustin.com. Like the name says, pizzas from a brick oven (with strong gluten-free options) at three locations around town. And, yes, you can still visit the Red River Street location.

Bufalina Pizza. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523, BufalinaPizza.com. The best Neapolitan pizza in the city and a great Italian wine list at this little East Austin restaurant makes the wait worth it. Also try the hand-pulled mozzarella and charcuterie plate, sourced from places like Iowa’s La Quercia.

Conan’s Pizza. Multiple locations. Conanspizza.com. The deep dish is the thing at the three locations of this Austin original that has been around for almost 40 years.

Due Forni. 106 E. 6th St. 512-391-9300, dueforni.com. The restaurant, founded by chef Carlos Buscaglia and University of Texas alumnus Alex Taylor, serves Roman and Neapolitan pizzas, using two separate Napolitano ovens (hence the name). That means one group of pies with a thicker, fluffier edge and another with thin, cracker crust.

East Side Pies. Multiple locations. Eastsidepies.com. Cracker crust farm-to-pizza at three locations around town. Get the Girther (avocado, blue cheese and roasted onions) and add bacon.

Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, austinvespaio.com/enoteca. Vespaio’s kid sister next door serves a selection of about a half-dozen pies, including the excellent prosciutto with arugula and a truffled egg.

Frank and Angie’s. 508 West Ave. 512-472-3534, hutsfrankandangies.com. Flat pies and a 50s vibe at this throwback pizzeria that celebrates all things Italian-American.

Hoboken Pie. 718 Red River St. 512-477-4256, hobokenpie.com. Some of the best pizza downtown and one of the (sneaky) best delivery places, as well, from this rock-and-roll joint.

Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza. 511 E. 6th St. 512-810-1666, hoeksdeathmetalpizza.com. Loud pizza from a loud joint in the heart of the Sixth Street entertainment district.

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, homeslicepizza.com. The best New York City-style slices in Austin and one of the best Italian subs, as well. Hard to resist a Rice Krispies Treat for dessert.

House Pizzeria. 5111 Airport Blvd. 512-600-4999, housepizzeria.com. A nice mix of crunch and chew in these pizzas with great toppings like port reduction and bleu cheese.

Little Deli and Pizzeria. 7101 Woodrow Ave. 512-467-7402, littledelipizza.com. Excellent New Jersey-style pies from this quaint little deli that feels like a step back in time.

Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. MandolasMarket.com. Get classic Italian antipasti, daily specials and bubbling pizzas at one of three locations around town.

Pieous. 12005 U.S. 290 W. 512-394-7041, Facebook.com/Pieous. Family-owned and family-friendly pie place serves chewy Neapolitan pies and massive slices of sweet pie, along with quality homemade pastrami.

Pinthouse Pizza. 4729 Burnet Road. 512-436-9605, PinthousePizza.com. Pizza plus beer from a pedigreed Colorado brewer makes for a solid family-friendly outing.

Pizza Nizza. 2712 Bee Cave Rd. 512-474-7070, pizzanizza.com. This West Austin spot will sell you any size pizza with any number of toppings for $8.99. Great deal, and the pizza ain’t too bad, either.

Rockin’ Tomato. 3003 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-447-3351, servingfoodthatrocks.com. This colorful pizza joint serves four different styles of pie, and makes for a solid delivery option in South Austin.

Rounders Pizzeria. 1203 W. 6th St. 512-477-0404, rounderspizzeria.com. Enjoy big rounded sunglow crust and little circles of pepperoni while you take in a game or movie on the big screen.

Salvation Pizza. 624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076, salvationpizza.com. Thin, crunchy Connecticut-style pizzas at this restaurant that features a large deck out front for al fresco dining.

Southside Flying Pizza. 2206 S. Congress Ave. 512-442-4246; 1224 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-433-6695; southsideflyingpizza.com.

Spartan Pizza. 1104 E. 6th St. 512-484-0798, spartanpizzaaustin.com. Good NY-style slices from this silver bullet in a trailer park on the east side.

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. 13187 Fitzhugh Road. 512-900-9079, StanleysFarmhousePizza.com. Wood-fired pizzas in a natural setting on the edge of the Hill Country. Bonus points for being located next to Jester King Brewery.

Tony C’s. 12800 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-3473; 10526 W. Parmer Ln. 512-255-9463, tonycs.com. The coal fire leaves a nice char on the pizzas at these two locations. Try the prosciutto, mascarpone and honey pie.

Via 313. 1111 E. 6th St. 512-939-1927; 61 Rainey St. 512-609-9405, via313.com. The brothers behind Via 313 knew what they were doing when they opened these trailers outside of two bars. The deep, buttery, cheesy, gooey goodness could soak up a beer in record time. (The pizzas excellent when sober, as well.)

Matthew Odam

About Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam is the restaurant critic and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where he also covers the local film scene and writes film criticism.

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