Honestly, the food in Austin is amazing but when I first moved here, I was definitely disappointed in the pizza scene. Frankly, it will never compare to Chicago or New York, but I’ve adjusted my standards a bit to accommodate the uniqueness that is Austin pizza.
Due to my high standards, I’ve enlisted the help of Instagram and Texas food blogger @alexis.eats.texas to compile this list of the top spots in town, that way y’all can test my theories of pizza compatibility on your next date.
1. Home Slice
Since I refuse to eat Chicago Style pizza in Austin, I gravitate towards New York Style. Home Slice is my absolute FAVORITE pizza spot in town (and it’s endorsed as good NY Style from many New Yorkers I know). Rumor has it, they import their water from New Jersey, which may sound funny but local water is actually really important for pizza crust. The restaurant itself is also a great date spot, since it’s cozy and dark.
2. The ABGB
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m always game for a brewpub. The ABGB has great pizza, and even better vibes. The indoor space has picnic tables and is really open, and outside there are more tables and even some games, so it’s great for a group date. I don’t think I’ve ever been here when there wasn’t a crowd, plus it’s super dog friendly (there’s literally an Instagram account dedicated to them @dogsoftheabgb).
Alright, so I haven’t actually been to Bufalina yet, but it was one of the top spots recommended in my Instagram poll, so I’m including it now and I’ll update after I’ve visited for myself.
From what I’ve gathered, it’s Neapolitan-style pizza, and the atmosphere looks pretty romantic. What’s really piqued my interest though, is their happy hour specials: 50% off pizzas and 50% off bottles of wine (under $100), so I can’t wait to check it out!
4. Pinthouse Pizza
In my opinion, Pinthouse has “funky” (or fancy?) take on pizza. Sure, they have more traditional options like pepperoni and basil, but they also have a Honey Pear that, yes, has both honey and pears on it. I’m definitely more of a pepperoni gal, and their pie did not disappoint. If by some chance, you don’t end up liking the pizza, their beer is top notch (the Electric Jellyfish IPA is one of my all-time faves).
5. Via 313
You knew this was coming but I’m going to start here: “Detroit Style” is NOT a thing. Ask anyone from Michigan.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, Via 313‘s bar style (thin crust) pizza is actually really yummy and well-proportioned. On principle, I’ve never had any intention to try the glorified cheesy bread they pass off as pizza, but our server gave us one for free on my last date because we both were from Chicago. It was good, but it’s still not actually pizza (points for trying though).
Oh, you should also know that they have $1 mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch from 11 AM until 3 PM, because that’s important.