When Cody and I relocated to Austin last fall and decided to tackle the foodie scene headfirst, we hit the ground running and started with our favorite food group, pizza. And let me tell you there is a LOT of fantastic pizza in Austin. This list of Top 10 Austin Pizza Restaurants is a pizza lover’s take on the best pizza in Austin, and covers everything from NYC style pizza to Detroit style pizza to authentic Neapolitan.
10. East Side Pies
East side pies is a great spot for Austin pizza that’s fast, consistent, and inexpensive. You can count on entering any of their three locations with slices from one of their friendly employees at your beckoning call. We really enjoy grabbing a couple slices of the classic cheese or pepperoni here and enjoying at home with a side salad.
9. Pint House Pizza
For an all-around crowd pleaser when it comes to Austin pizza, Pinthouse Pizza is a great choice. Their crust consistency is reminiscent of the pizza you most likely had growing up- medium thickness that can accommodate any amount of toppings your heart desires. Pinthouse has a great environment with fantastic and thorough service. Order the Ooh La La (pictured) to share with a friend or two and you’re good to go.
8. Desano Pizzeria Napoletana
Desano is one of our favorite spots for a Austin pizza on the northwest side of town. The inviting scene of multiple wood-fired ovens sets the tone for the Neapolitan style pizzeria when you first enter. Pizza is served in a fast-casual manner here so place your order at the counter (staff is incredibly thoughtful if you need help with the menu) and choose from one of their picnic style tables to enjoy your meal at. You can’t go wrong with a classic margherita or diavola here (definitely some of the best pizza in Austin), and if you want to really take things to the next level ask for the carnevale style ricotta-stuffed crust. We’re not sure how authentic it is but it tastes dang good.
7. Home Slice Pizza
Start talking to anyone about Austin pizza and Home Slice will unquestionably be a part of the conversation. Home Slice Pizza serves great NYC style ‘za in the heart of Austin and many consider it to be the absolute best pizza in Austin. You can choose to dine in their restaurant for the full experience or sneak over next door to More Home Slice for takeout orders or pizza by the slice. Both have their time and place but regardless our favorite pies include the margherita (pictured) or the pepperoni & mushroom.
Situated on the southwest outskirts of Austin, Pieous serves killer scratch-made Neapolitan pizza. The sourdough starter for their crust has been in the family for more than 10 years and the flavor is truly a beautiful thing. Pieous boasts an ecclectic menu of pies, all of which are very flavorful and satisfying combinations- a definitely must try on our list of best pizza in Austin. Be prepared for a wait and make sure you check hours on their Facebook page before you go.
5. Cane Rosso
One of the best spots for Austin pizza is undeniably Cane Rosso. The food is exceptional, the service is efficient and friendly, and you can’t beat their awesome patio (and newly added brunch menu … pizza for breakfast? yes, please). Cane Rosso serves one of the best authentic Neapolitan margherita pizzas in town and the popular Honey B#$tard pizza is hyped for good reason.
4. Via 313 Pizza
Every true pizza aficionado needs a slice of Via 313 in their life. There is nothing like the fantastic and truly heartwarming combination of thick, chewy Sicillian crust topped with generous heaps of cheese and sauce on top, all prepared in true Detroit fashion of a square. Via 313 is a great spot to enjoy some of the best pizza in Austin with friends and family in one of their three locations in town. You can’t go wrong with The Detroiter pizza (pepperoni above AND beneath the cheese- gasp!) or the classic cheese pizza.
3. Little Deli & Pizza
This unassuming neighborhood restaurant looks fairly predictable from the outside, but rest assured that Little Deli serves some best pizza you’re going to find in all of Austin. It’s simple, high quality, and personifies what a great pizza should taste like. The artisan homemade dough is prepared and tossed onto two inch stone hearths, sold as an entire pie (recommended) or by the slice. Build a pizza with your favorite toppings or try America vs Leon for something unique and memorable.
2. Unit-D Pizzeria (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
We are seriously in love with the pizza at Unit-D Pizzeria on the east side of Austin. This Neapolitan style pizzeria serves both classic and innovative chef-driven pizzas with delicious, delicate crust and ingredient combinations that are truly to die for. You’re going to love the ambiance that the intimate space and open kitchen creates. Try the Pepperoni Primo for the pepperoni pizza of your dreams, or try the Bacon & Apple for something you can’t find anywhere else (both pictured above and some of the best pizza in Austin).
1. Bufalina Pizza/ Bufalina Due
Placing a “number one” on this list of best pizza in Austin is basically like choosing your favorite child, but if we could only recommend one Austin pizza spot it would be Buffalina. Serving delicious pizza in gorgeous settings in both their downtown (Buffalina Pizza) and Burnet (Buffalina Due) locations, this is a great place to bring a date, your parents, or enjoy a night out with friends. The pizza is fantastic at both locations with minor menu twists here and there. Order two pizzas (we recommend the margherita and the fresca) and divide and conquer with a friend.