Over the past 10 years or so, Austin, Texas has become a city worth traveling to, if not outright packing up your things, moving across the country and settling down in. Why? For one, they hoist a bustling downtown complete with its own thriving tech industry and business district. Secondly, and most obviously, it’s the home of the SXSW Festival. And three? They’re currently killing it in the gourmet food + craft beer department.
While our Austin beer guide gets underway, here’s our personal pizza guide (presented by our good friends over at Austin Eastciders) to the city that seems to have something incredible to eat, drink and experience every single day.
Toss Pizzeria & Pub
Toss serves up large 20” New York-style pies with a Texas twist—like Pulled-Pork Jalapeno, Smoked Brisket, and Gulf Shrimp & Pesto. Bonus: they also offer 10 Texas draft beer options + cocktails made from fresh-squeezed juice. Might not be a bad place to spend a Friday evening.
Recommended Pies: Pork Belly Carbonara and Classic Pepperoni
Location: 2901 South 1st Street Suite 102, Austin, TX 78704
More Info: www.tosspizzeria.com
Unit-D features 12″ pizzas, Neopolitan style. All offerings are chef-driven, focused on high quality ingredients, and cooked in an Acunto Mario oven imported from Naples.
Recommended Pies: Pepperoni Primo
Location: 2406 Manor Road Unit D, Austin, TX 78722
More Info: www.unitdpizzeria.com
Via 313 is comprised of the Zane brothers and Brandon Hunt—who have a combined 25 years of experience in the pizza business. The gents serve Detroit Style pizza out of multiple, fully-customized pizzas around Austin, as well as at their brick and mortar location.
Recommended Pies: The Detroiter
Location: Oak Hill Centre, 6705 U.S. 290, Austin, TX 78735
More Info: www.via313.com
Rebel Pizza Bar
Rebel goes by a simple mantra, “Forget the rules, eat the pizza.” We’re fans and unlawful abiders of this saying, so we’re down with the cause. Pizza at Rebel is thin with crispy crust and includes locally-sourced ingredients.
Recommended Pies: The Contender
Location: 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
More Info: www.rebelpizzabar.com
Bufalina dishes out Neapolitan pizza, all of which are roughly 12″ in diameter and cooked in their Stefano Ferrara wood-burning oven, which runs north of 900 degrees, for roughly 90 seconds. Pizzas emerge properly charred and slightly wet in the middle, a Neapolitan hallmark.
Recommended Pies: The Taleggio
Location: 1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200, Austin, TX 78702
More Info: www.bufalinapizza.com
Milto’s is an Austin original, since 1977. They’re famous for their homemade dough, sauce and deep dish pizzas. On a side note, they’ve also got a mean selection of Greek food. If you’re in the mood for a good salad + pizza meal combo, they’re the spot.
Recommended Pies: Milto’s Special (12 topping pizza)
Location: 2909 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
More Info: www.miltosmediterraneancafe.com
East Side Pies
East Side Pies are thin crispy crust pizza, fully loaded with homemade goodness. Most of the toppings are locally sourced from farms and ranches in Central Texas.
Recommended Pies: The Farm to Table Pizza
Location: 5312 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
More Info: www.eastsidepies.com
Southside Flying Pizza
Artisan quality and always fresh, Southside Flying Pizza offers a full range of unique pies, 32 toppings to choose from, and gluten-free options.
Recommended Pies: The Athena Pizza
Location: 2206 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
More Info: www.southsideflyingpizza.com