The best pepperoni pizzas in Austin

It’s another fake food holiday; I mean, really, #NationalPepperoniPizza day? Well, whatever. It is one of my favorite pizza orders, though I sometimes get creative.

A pizza from Home Slice Pizza with a large pepperoni heart design. 02/04/15 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In the spirit of this day of national recognition, here are my top four pepperoni pizza variations in Austin:

Pepperoni and green peppers at Home Slice (with a side of ranch): That vegetal snap of pepper is a nice balance to the pull of the pepperoni rounds and ooze of cheese.

The Fat Queen at Pieous: A mass of fatty Italian meats – hot sopresatta, savory Italian sausage and crispy pepperoni comingling for a spicy, salty and oily chorus.

The Detroiter at Via 313: So. Much. Cheese. So. Much. Pepperoni. Natural and smoked casings.

The Red Pie add pepperoni at Bufalina: I would say the pepperoni with jalapenos (for same vegetal snap as Home Slice, but with a kick, but since it doesn’t seem to be on the menu right now, I will go with the red pizza, which gets umami from Parmesan, spicy buzz from red pepper flakes, piquancy from garlic, sweetness from tomatoes and herbaceous complexity from oregano).

Take a look inside the new Home Slice Pizza on North Loop

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Home Slice Pizza has set May 30 as the grand opening date for its new location in Central Austin. In the meantime, the restaurant is having a “soft opening,” with limited seating and take-out service for the next two weeks. Check out the video for a look inside the new restaurant at 501 E. 53rd St.

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Exclusive: Home Slice Pizza on North Loop sets grand opening date

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Central Austin’s long wait for some of the best New York-style pizza in Texas is almost over.

The new Home Slice Pizza at 501 E. 53rd St. (Credit: Julia Keim)

Home Slice Pizza announced this morning that it would officially open its 501 E. 53rd St. location to the public on May 30. As previously reported, in addition to the menu items at the original location, the new Home Slice will serve square Sicilian-style pizza every night, along with Buffalo wings (co-founder Jen Strickland is a Western New York native) and a full bar. There is also ample parking, as anyone who has passed by the location has seen. Home Slice will offer dine-in and take-out service (512-707-7437) and be open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

While the restaurant won’t officially open until the end of May, the restaurant today started soft-open service, meaning the restaurant is open with limited seating and limited take-out as they perfect service in their new kitchen.


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Via 313 pizza opening restaurant in East Austin; original trailer moving

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Via 313, the beloved slingers of thick, cheesy Detroit-style pizza, is upgrading its presence in East Austin. Brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt will open Via 313 at 1802 East Sixth St. before the end of March.

Via 313 serves thick, cheesy, square slices of Detroit-style pizza.
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The new location, which takes the place of Collide (and previously Burn Pizza + Bar), will serve the same lunch and dinner menu as the other restaurant locations, along with a full bar. The restaurant will be open daily and offer call-in and online orders for take-away.

With the arrival of the first East Austin location, the original trailer at Violet Crown Social Club (1111 E. Sixth St.) that opened in December 2011 will relocate, though the Hunts are not set on the next spot.


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Russo’s New York Pizzeria opens today at Arboretum

Russo’s New York Pizzeria opened today at The Arboretum at 10721 Research Boulevard. It is local owner by Amin Esar’s second Austin-area location of the chain pizzeria (the first is in Pflugerville).

Started by chef Anthony Russo, Russo’s New York Pizzeria has 47 locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii.


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Pizza Press now open in West Campus

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California-based restaurant The Pizza Press opened earlier this month at 404 W. 26th St.  The West Campus location of the build-your-own pizza is the first outside of California. The restaurant features a print-media theme (oddly enough), and includes pizzas with names like The Tribune, The Herald and The Gazette, and its dessert section is titled The Daily Scoop.

The restaurant has already played an active role in supporting the University of Texas community, raising money for the Harrison Brown Memorial Fund after the UT student was killed in a stabbing attack.


Old Thousand team opening Italian restaurant with former 40 North pizza trailer owner

Clint Elmore made a name for himself in Austin serving Neapolitan pizzas from the 40 North trailer on South First Street. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Pizza lovers in Austin likely remember 40 North, the former South First Street pizza trailer that landed on my list of the best pizza in Austin in 2015. Chef Clint Elmore, who trained studied in Naples and worked at Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn before moving to Austin, said at the time of the trailer’s closure that he hoped to eventually be serving his pies from a brick-and-mortar restaurant and that time has arrived.

Elmore is moving his focus from Neapolitan pies to New York City-style pizzas at PS 35 in Round Rock, which opens Tuesday at 1500 N. I-35 in Round Rock. The restaurant will be operated by SMGB Hospitality Co., the group behind the successful East Austin casual Chinese restaurant Old Thousand. The name is a hybrid of the public school naming conventions of NYC (PS) and the location of I-35.

The menu will include some pizza stylings familiar to 40 North customers,  like the Hot Honey, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ricotta, parmesan and Mike’s Hot Honey. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant will serve thin-crust pizza, hot and cold sandwiches on fresh baked bread, a selection of pasta dishes, salads, soft-serve ice cream, craft beer, and cocktails. The family-friendly restaurant will feature classic video games and an outdoor pavilion for live music,yard games, dining and drinking.

PS 35 is initially open only for dinner, from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.


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The Pizza Press to raise money for slain UT student’s memorial fund

In the wake of a stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus that left one dead and three injured, a new campus-area restaurant is holding a fundraiser to benefit a memorial fund for the student that died.

A portrait of Harrison Brown is on display at the University Catholic Center before the start of a memorial Mass in his honor on Tuesday. Brown was killed in a stabbing attack at the University of Texas on Monday. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Pizza Press (404 W. 26th St.) opens May 4. According to a news release, the restaurant will donate all profits from sales through May 7 — up to $3,000 — to the Harrison Brown Memorial Fund. “Guests can also make anonymous donations in any amount through provided gift card envelopes or electronically when paying for their beverages or meal,” according to a news release.

PHOTOS: Memorial Mass for Harrison Brown on May 2

The memorial fund for Brown blew past its goal of $100,000 in just a day, earning more than $127,000 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. The money, organizers told the Statesman, will be donated to Brown’s family.

Read complete coverage of the stabbing attack at UT at
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Austin’s Pizza replacing Tom’s Tabooley on the Drag, will improve delivery to East Austin

Austin's Pizza is now selling its popular pizzas, such as this Mopac pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bell peppers and black olives, in the frozen section of a number of H-E-Bs in Texas. (Photo by Addie Broyles)
Austin’s Pizza is now selling its popular pizzas, such as this Mopac pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bell peppers and black olives, in the frozen section of a number of H-E-Bs in Texas. (Photo by Addie Broyles)

Tom’s Tabooley at 2928 Guadalupe St. closed on Halloween. Both the restaurant and grocery at the location on the Drag closed due to lack of consumer interest, according to owner J.D. Torian, who also owns Austin’s Pizza.

An Austin’s Pizza will move into the space by the Super Bowl, according to Torian, who says the other Austin’s Pizza location on the Drag will stay open. Torian said all Tom’s employees were offered jobs at Austin’s Pizza locations. Torian said that the new location will help increase deliveries to East Austin, an area of importance to the chain, and alleviate a growing problem of lack of oven capacity in Central Austin that has occasionally led to some long wait times and temporary suspension of online ordering at the current Drag location. Austin’s Pizza plans to have a map of the expanded delivery zone in the coming weeks.



Former Ramen Tatsu-ya chef joins Unit-D Pizzeria


Chef George Thomas has been hired as the executive chef at Unit-D Pizzeria, the pizza-centric restaurant that opened in July 2015 on Manor Road. Thomas replaces CT Turgeon, whom Unit-D owner Shalou Barth says has moved back to the East Coast to helm one of chef Michael Psilakis’ restaurants. Thomas has spent the previous two years serving as head of creative development and corporate chef at Ramen Tatsu-ya. His resume also includes executive chef stints at Paggi House, Imperia and Soleil. Balou says Thomas is “working on some exciting projects for the restaurant.”