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.
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.

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.)

Austin Restaurants: University of Texas campus area

An interior view of Freedmen’s gorgeous bar located at 2402 San Gabriel St. in West Campus.
An interior view of Freedmen’s gorgeous bar located at 2402 San Gabriel St. in West Campus.

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Restaurants near the University of Texas. School’s out for summer, which means less traffic and smaller crowds around campus. More restaurants broken down by category here.

(*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.)

Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. Thoughtful execution and robust flavors come from chef Josh Watkins’ kitchen in this high-ceilinged restaurant on the University of Texas campus.

Clay Pit. 1601 Guadalupe St. 512-322-5131, ClayPit.com. Contemporary Indian food in a lively and warm space has made this restaurant located between the Capitol and the UT campus a hit for years. Try the khuroos-e-tursh (stuffed chicken breast in a cashew-almond cream sauce) and the palak paneer naan.

Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, CrownAndAnchorPub.com. The Crown and Anchor opened in 1987, and the gristle-edged burgers have a flavor that makes it possible the same flat-top has been in service for all 26 of the years. That’s a good thing. Get the double with bacon and cheese.

Dirty Martin’s Place. 2808 Guadalupe St. 512-477-3173, DirtyMartins.com. Greasy burger and a cold beer within a few steps of the UT campus. They’ve only been doing it for 87 years.

Dog and Duck Pub. 406 W. 17th St. 512-479-0598, DogAndDuckPub.com. A British pub in the heart of Austin with some international beer taps, dim lighting and dark wood.

FoodHeads. 616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400, foodheads.com. Excellent sandwiches with an array of interesting and bold flavor profiles, like lamb and feta or grilled pork with Tabasco and fried egg, at this bungalow that now serves dinner Thursday through Saturday.

Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. 512-220-0953, FreedmensBar.com. Sophistication and smoke rub elbows at this barbecue joint in a rough-hewn historic building.

Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, FricanosDeli.com. Huge sandwiches loaded with flavor led this deli to move from its small North Campus location to a much more comfortable space just west of campus. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is, just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.

Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, HopfieldsAustin.com. Who knows how much money I’d spend at this place if I were a UT college student? The French-inspired gastropub serves one of the city’s best burgers, topped with Camembert cheese, sweet and smoky caramelized onions and grain mustard, and a sinful French ham sandwich smeared with creamy butter. Vegetarians can take pleasure from the flaky mushroom-leek tart and the slippery crunch of ratatouille.

Kerbey Lane. 2606 Guadalupe St. 512-477-5717, kerbeylanecafe.com. An Austin original that has been interested in conscientious sourcing since before it was popular.

Madam Mam’s. 2514 Guadalupe St. 512-472-8306, MadamMam.com. Campus area favorite turns out spring rolls, noodle soup, stir-fries and curries. Some of these Thai dishes pack a pretty spicy punch.

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.

Sao Paulo’s. 2809 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-473-9988, saopaulos.net. Traditional Brazilian dishes such as the bobo de camarao, a shrimp stew served with rice.

Teji’s. 2100 Guadalupe St. 512- 215-0307, tejifoods.com. Teji’s started in Round Rock and now offer their solid Indian food on the Drag across from the UT campus. Try the goat korma — a sweet and creamy dish with mild spice featuring tender bone-in goat.

Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, TexasFrenchBread.com. Mild-mannered sunlit bakery by day, Texas French Bread turns down the lights and puts on some cool music at night (maybe Iron & Wine, maybe one of Radiohead’s mellower records) for a bistro that feels almost like a dinner party, which is how dinner service here originated.

Veggie Heaven. 1914 Guadalupe St. 512-457-1013, VeggieHeavenAustin.com. Good vibes and pan-Asian vegetarian food (oh, yea, and quesadillas) at this small UT campus-area restaurant. Try the basil tofu.