The art of the perfect pizza takes many forms, and these local restaurants are making mouthwatering masterpieces for all pie connoisseurs. Deep dish, thin crust, Detroit, New York and Neopolitan, here are some great restaurants in south Austin that are dishing out a plethora of pies for all pizza palates.
This independent restaurant offers authentic New York style pizzas with nearly infinite topping possibilities. Whether you’re more into cheese or more into veggies, Home Slice is a great neighborhood pizzeria that has something good for everyone. And in the true spirit of Austin, they even have live music and special events like pie eating contests. Order a custom slice and select your toppings from fried egg plant to fresh basil, or try one of their “Tried and True” pies with classic New York recipes like white clam and margherita. For a NY staple inspired by eggplant parmesan, try their Eggplant Pieand pair it with a select wine or IPA.
Bringing one of the only Detroit style pizzas to south Austin, owners Brandon and Zane of Via313 are masters of their craft. What began as a simple food truck camped behind Craft Pride has now grown to three brick-and-motar restaurants around Austin that serve authentic Detroit style deep dish pizzas. Their pies are loaded with fresh ingredients and quality you can taste. Locally sourced organic flour goes into their cheesy-baked crispy crusts and savory toppings like genoa salami and gorgonzola go onto their saucy pies. Order bar style and sip on a cocktail, or try one of their genuine Detroit style flavors like the Cadillac or the Detroiter. If you can’t decide what you want, order the “Omnivore” with just about everything.
This south Austin shop serves authentic New York style pizzas straight from Italia. Inspired by family matriarch Mama Garducci and her classic Italian recipes, Garducci’s packs their pizzas with tasty ingredients and old school traditions to create an authentic eating experience. Order a customized pizza with a delicious mix of hand picked toppings from sweet Texas onions to artichoke hearts, or try one of their famous Mama Garducci pies. For a true taste of Italy, try their “Guido” pizza with spicy sausage, crushed meatballs, pepperoni, black olives, fresh jalapenos, mushrooms and roasted garlic.
Toss Pizzeria & Pub
A new addition to the south Austin pizza scene, Toss Pizzeria brings a little something different to the table. With a multitude of options in size, flavor, and ingredients, you can have your pizza any way you like. Toss prides itself on sourcing locally whenever and wherever they can, and they are dedicated to making delicious, one-of-a-kind pizzas for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Their versatile menu includes everything from wings to build your own pies – you can even order a $2 beer for the kitchen staff if you’re feeling generous! In the mood for something totally new? Try their specialty Pork Belly Carbonara pie with pancetta, egg and romano cream sauce.
Quickly becoming one of Austin’s favorite pizzerias, Pinthouse serves up the perfect blend of delicious, craft pizza and craft brew. This award-winning pizza joint and taproom dishes out gourmet, housemade pies for omnivores, vegetarians and everyone in between. They’ve even got a legit gluten free pizza that’s almost as good as the original – but gluten free foodies will always know the struggle. The scratch-made, sauced and tossed treats at Pinthouse are topped with fresh meats, cheeses and veggies, so every bite is an explosion of fresh flavors. With fresh baby arugula, housemade dressings and candies pecans, the Pinthouse salads are also worth a shoutout, but they’re really more of a warmup to the main event: a hot pan of melty, cheesy, pizza! Some popular specialty pies include the, the Honey Pear with extra virgin olive oil, sliced pear, caramelized onions, bleu cheese, prosciutto, basil and local honey, the Armadillo with local artisan sausage, ricotta cheese, poblano peppers and cilantro and the Shroomin’ Goat with olive oil, garlic, roasted mushrooms, arugula and local goat cheese. But if you’re a regular pepperoni and cheese pizza lover, go for the classic Pepperoni and Basil with red sauce. Don’t forget to grab a tall glass of craft beer from the taproom side of the store before you start to demolish your delicious craft pizza!