Food & Drink

The 10 Best Pizza Spots in Austin, Right Now

Published On 09/03/2015 Published On 09/03/2015
East Side Pies
40 North
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Pinthouse PIzza
Via 313 Pizza
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1. East Side Pies 1401 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

With a rotating, seasonal menu and produce from local farmers, "ESP" offers unique, thin-crust pies (such as The Jamaican—jerk chicken, red onions, pineapple, habaneros, and jalapenos) and a variety of homemade sauces: spinach curry, hummus, chimichurri, tomatillo, pesto, and black bean).

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2. 40 North 1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The only thing better than fresh, wood-fired pizza is fresh, wood-fired pizza and the libation of your choice. At this BYOB trailer, patrons can pair their specialty pies with a glass (let's be real—bottle) of fine wine.

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3. House Pizzeria 5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (North Loop)

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.

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4. Little Deli & Pizzeria 7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757 (Crestview)

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.

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5. Pinthouse Pizza 4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (Rosedale)

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.

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6. Italic 123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

From the team behind 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro, plus Executive Chef Andrew Curren, is Italic. Housed in the former Bar Louie space, the seasonal menu includes roasted half chicken, Florence-style T-bone steak, and wood-fired pizzas. Italic’s weekday happy hour is from 4:30-6:30.

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7. Pieous 12005 HW 290 W, Austin, TX 78737 (West Austin)

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"?

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8. Via 313 61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

This brick-and-mortar trailer boasts Detroit-style pizza (arguably the lovechild of Chicago's deep-dish/casserole pizza and the Big Apple's traditional slice), made fresh by two brothers who visit Motown annually for new ideas.

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9. Spartan Pizza 1104 E 6th, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Formerly off Slaughter Lane behind Red Shed, Spartan just arrived at 6th and Waller to peddle mythologically inspired pies like the Apollo (roasted garlic spread, spinach, mushrooms, artichokes, Kalamata olives, herbed ricotta) and the Calypso (marinara, pineapple, red onion, bacon, an jalapeño).

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10. Bufalina 1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

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.