Leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and pizza season is upon us... no, wait, every season is pizza season! Here's a rundown of the best pizza spots in popular ATX 'hoods. From New York to Neapolitan, there's an imported 'za style to satisfy every taste. Now, make like a Ninja Turtle and... actually, don't make like a Ninja Turtle, they live in sewers. But DO eat these pizzas.
East Cesar Chavez
Bufalina (address and info)
It's one of the newest kids on the block, and it already has a (relatively modest) line most nights of the week. Bufalina's oven is heated to 1000 degrees and it takes only 60 seconds for each pizza to cook. The result is a lightly crispy, thin crust with bubbly edges, topped with classic and inspired Italian toppings. The service is great, and the space is modern, cozy, and buzzing with energy. The best move? The Fresca (prosciutto piccante, arugula, lemon, mozzarella, olive oil).
Home Slice Pizza (address and info)
Wait a bit for a table at Home Slice "proper", or scoot next door for a slice (or three!). Thin, crispy NY-style crust and high-quality toppings keep townies and tourists alike coming back for more. Try their White Pie with spinach, olive oil, garlic, ricotta, and mozzarella.
House Pizzeria (address and info)
House has nice dim-lighting (aka good for dates), a cool jukebox, and perfect Neapolitan-style pizza. Delicious crust, a rotating seasonal pie, and local brews on tap make this a neighborhood top pick. Try the Subterranean (caramelized onion, fontina, mushrooms, rosemary roasted potatoes, basil).
East Central Austin
Via 313 (address and info)
Thick, chewy, cheesy heaven is an apt description of Via 313's pizza. Nothing fancy here; just the most indulgent pizza in town made by your local, friendly metal enthusiast. Thank Detroit for these food-coma-inducing square slices of paradise.
Little Deli (address and info)
Always hopping and with a distinct mom-and-pop vibe, LIttle Deli may be known for their subs and sandwiches, but they've got a more than respectable NY-style pizza. Regulars rave about the Spicy Hawaiian (ham, pineapples, and jalapeños) and the Bacon Blue pizzas (bacon, Gorgonzola, and roasted red peppers).
Pinthouse Pizza (address and info)
Pinthouse combines the best of two worlds: pizza, and lots and lots of beer. Their meat-tastic "The Works" pie is loaded with Canadian bacon, sausage, pepperoni, red onions, garlic, green peppers, and mushrooms. Pair that bad boy with a Pinthouse specialty brew.
St. Philip (address and info)
St. Philip, named after the patron saint of baking, has been one of the most highly anticipated openings of the year. The crust is at once crunchy and chewy and slightly charred. Check out the sausage pizza, topped with fennel sausage, piquillo peppers, and shaved red onion over house-blend mozz and red sauce. Also worth noting: they have a full-on sweets bakeshop and 20+ beers on tap!
Aroma Italian Kitchen & Bar (address and info)
Another new spot on the list is Aroma, (finally!) hooking up South Austin with made-from-scratch, authentic Neapolitan pizza and handcrafted cocktails. They use Italian San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella from West Texas, for the perfect Italy-meets-Texas mashup.
Salvation Pizza (address and info)
Fresh, local toppings and crispy crusts are New Haven-style Salvation Pizza's signature move. One of their most popular pies is the White Pie with chicken, fresh garlic, prosciutto, red onion, and dried sage. AND get this: their daily lunch special is only eight bucks and includes two slices, a salad, and a drink!
Southside Flying Pizza (address and info)
There's a no frills, homey-neighborhood vibe here, and the cooks put on quite a show with their dough-tossing antics. Neapolitan-style pizza, gluten-free options, and local ingredients make this a South Austin go-to.
South West Austin
Pieous (address and info)
Located on the outskirts of Austin (almost to Dripping Springs), is Pieous, whose owners are hardcore about their from-scratch philosophy. Rustic Neapolitan pies made with sourdough crust and local meats & veggies make Pieous a major stand out. The House-Smoked Italian Pie is a go-to move.
Due Forni (address and info) and Hoboken Pie (address and info)
We decided on a tie for downtown because "different strokes". Due Forni covers those who want to si down and have a cocktail and some appetizers. They've got both Neapolitan and Roman-style crust to pick from -- get the Prosciutto e Rucola (prosciutto San Daniele, affumicata bufala mozzarella, arugula, vincotto). Hoboken Pie deserves a spot on this list because, despite being lumped in the 2am pizza category, they're actually really good -- even when your tastebuds aren't impaired. Classic pepperoni is the jam.
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1. Bufalina1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
2. Home Slice Pizza1415 S Congress Ave, Austin
3. House Pizzeria5111 Airport Blvd, Austin
4. Via 3131111 E 6th St, Austin
5. Little Deli & Pizzeria7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin
6. Pinthouse Pizza4729 Burnet Rd, Austin
7. St. Philip4715 S Lamar Blvd, Sunset Valley
8. aRoma Italian Kitchen & Bar3403 S Lamar , Austin
9. Salvation Pizza624 W 34th St, Austin
10. Southside Flying Pizza2206 S Congress Ave, Austin
11. Pieous12005 HW 290 W, Austin
12. Due Forni106 E Sixth St, Austin
13. Hoboken Pie718 Rred River St, Austin
All it takes is 90 seconds for one of Bufalina's delicate Neapolitan pizzas to bake in the 900-degree wood-burning oven. The East Cesar Chavez restaurant knows how to deliver delicate and charred 12-inch pies; some come in classic margherita and marinara varieties, while others, like the chorizo and potato variety, are truly experimental. No matter, Bufalina will satiate any and all thin crust cravings.
The Home Slice employee pilgrimages to New York's most iconic pizza shrines are the stuff of legend. The slices are large, homemade, and hand-tossed. All the classics are delicious, like the Margherita or pepperoni pizza with the perfect amount of grease, and the white pies are heaped with balloons of ricotta.
House Pizzeria, in Austin's North Loop, puts a sophisticated spin on your neighborhood parlor. A small but innovative selection of Neapolitan style slices are served at this sit-down pizzeria. Hit up the retro juke box while chowing on a goat cheese and rosemary potato slice.
Detroit-raised brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt are bringing their hometown's deep-dish pizza style to Austin at Via 313. The pizza is made the authentic Detroit way, which means square-shaped pies with Sicilian crust, a layer of pepperoni, cheesy edges, and a tangy red sauce. The pies come in slices of four, and if you'd like a more, er, mainstream pizza, thin-crust rounds are also available. Aside from pizza, Via 313's two full-service restaurants serve salads and a few appetizers, like cheese bread and house-made meatballs.
It doesn't get much more wholesome than Little Deli. Tucked into a quaint Crestview strip mall that's quizzically on an otherwise residential street, this sandwich shop excels at big northeast-style slices cooked in two inch stone hearth ovens. There's nothing fancy going on here, just an old-school dough recipe executed to perfection, plus gluten-free options.
Nothing pairs better with beer than a slice, so get doubly sauced at Pinthouse Pizza: a Rosedale brewery/pie shop whose character's expressed via long community tables and a mural inviting you to relax and have a whale of a good time, though technically that means you can still act like a Dick.
St. Philip, both pizzeria and bakery, serves up gourmet slices and meatballs. Special feature: build your own pizzas. Choose from a variety of toppings, like Idiazabal cheese or roasted red pepper. And try not to drool over the baked goods counter on your way out.
aRoma serves up authentic Neapolitan slices in South Austin, alongside a full bar. Mozzarella is made in-house and and pies are cooked in an brick oven shipped directly from Italy. And you thought you were passionate about pizza. Happy hour special: discounted pizzas and $4 Prosecco!
This casual, barn-like venue serves up reasonably priced, New Haven-style slices. Don't miss the #1 White Pie -- creamy white sauce with fresh basil and Roma tomatoes. The happy hour special features $2.50 pints of beer and cheap slices.
Southside Flying Pizza is king of the customizable pie. Customers first pick their crust (regular, whole wheat, or gluten free), then choose from a variety of meats, cheeses, veggies, fruits, and sauces to top. Crane your neck towards the kitchen to get a peak at some pizza dough-tossing action. In a hurry? Order a pie from your smartphone.
A classic Austin pizza joint serving up pies from the traditional, to one with BACON MARMALADE. They've also got local brews on tap and WHY HAVEN'T YOU LEFT YET AFTER READING "BACON MARMALADE"?
Due Forni is a casual pizza and wine spot where you can watch spaghetti Westerns and choose between pies from one of two ovens -- a Roman oven turning out thin and crispy-crusted 'zas, and another Neapolitan oven making a thicker, softer bread.
Hoboken Pie is a small, tucked away pizza joint in downtown Austin's Red River Cultural District. Customizable New York-style pizza with just the right amount of bend act as a transport for nostalgic East Coasters. This spot also boasts vegan options, plus great lunch specials that vary on a daily basis.