The Best Pizza in Austin
Austin may be known for its margaritas and barbecue, but an amazing variety of pizzerias also call the city home. Whether you prefer Neapolitan, Detroit-style or something in between, grab a slice at one of the best pizza parlors in town to find your new favorite.
Southside Flying Pizza
1224 South Lamar Blvd.
With more than 30 toppings to choose from, the possibilities are endless at Southside Flying Pizza. Their pies are hand-tossed to perfection, creating a crust that’s not too thick and not too thin. Everything can be customized, making this an ideal option for more picky eaters. Pro tip: head to Southside for two large pizzas for $20 every Tuesday.
Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Ave.
501 East 53rd St.
An Austin institution, Home Slice Pizza’s New York-style pies are inspired by Italian grandmothers and served in both North and South Austin. Pizzas are available by the slice at their dine-in spots, as well as at More Home Slice, a take-out and delivery-only operation next door to the South Congress restaurant. Stone-baked crust, authentic toppings and local produce make Home Slice a family-style meal everyone will enjoy.
4729 Burnet Rd.
Pizza and beer are a match made in heaven, and Pinthouse Pizza is the Austin mecca for both. Pinthouse’s hop-forward beer is made by a team of brewers focused on having balanced and flavorful options on tap. Their pizza is so good you’ll want to come back for the rotating monthly specials, as well as perennial favorites like the Honey Pear and Cannonball. Everything is hand-crafted and served in a casual environment that’s perfect for gatherings with friends.
Bufalina & Bufalina Due
2215 East Cesar Chavez St.
6555 Burnet Rd.
Known for their incredible happy hour, Bufalina & Bufalina Due is for Neapolitan pizza fans. Cooked in a 900° Stefano Ferrara wood-burning oven for approximately 90 seconds, Bufalina’s pies are slightly charred, but still chewy in the middle. Their flavors range from the classic, like the Margherita and Sausage & Peppers, to the more unique, like the Vodka Arrabiata and Pickle Pie. Don’t skip the wine, as Bufalina carries an amazing selection — and even has a wine club!
507 San Jacinto Blvd.
Although The Backspace has plenty more to offer than just pizza, their pies are amazing, made in a wood-burning brick Italian oven that lends authenticity and flavor to each pizza creation. The restaurant’s intimate setting will transport you to Italy for the evening, and they have a great happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
1108 East 12th St.
For gourmet pizza served straight out of a trailer, make a visit to Sammataro. After opening in Westlake in late 2020, the pizza truck developed a large following and eventually made the move to Arbor Food Park. Fresh basil in every bite, a crispy, crunchy crust and natural ingredients all contribute to this being a New York slice worth trying.
Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse
4005 West Parmer Ln.
6501 South Congress Ave., Suite 1-105
4005 West Parmer Lane, Suite E
1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 115
Aviator Pizza is a family-friendly, pie and craft-brew-lover paradise. Their chewy, soft house-made dough and fresh sauce pair deliciously with their regional brews on tap. One of the fan-favorite specialty pies is the “Pepperoni and Basil,” which features red sauce, house pepperoni, and fresh basil pizza. They also offer tasty calzones, sandwiches, salads, and desserts, along with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
12601 Tech Ridge Blvd.
Vegans can get their pizza and ice cream fix at Big Nonna’s, a plant-based pizzeria that also offers gluten-free options. Their New York-inspired pies are a fun spin on the classics: the Beetaroni features beet “pepperoni,” while the Supreme is topped with a variety of vegetables, plus the Flying Tempeh Bros.’ smoky tempeh. Make it a dairy-free feast with soft serve made from organic soy and coconut milk.
51 Rainey St.
Salvation Pizza is serving up delightful thin-crust pizza at their locations on Rainey Street and Domain NORTHSIDE. Known for their New Haven-style pizza, made with a hand-pounded crust and fresh ingredients, Salvation Pizza is dedicated to being a hang-out spot for the community. The Chicken Bacon Ranch is a popular option, along with the Truffle Spinach Mushroom and Spicy Hawaiian.
801 West 6th St.
What’s in a name? At Favorite Pizza, it’s the bold claim that they’re serving up some of the best slices in town, but it might just be true. Open “noon to late,” Favorite Pizza offers whole pies and slices. We recommend the Knuckleball, which is loaded with pesto, shredded mozzarella, ricotta cheese and sister restaurant Sammie’s meatballs. To drink, there’s the frozen Favorite Slush made with aperitivo and sparkling wine, along with bottles of wine, house cocktails and more.
3016 Guadalupe St.
An Austin original that expanded to more cities after opening in 2011, Via 313 makes Detroit-style pizza with rich, bubbly dough and scrumptious toppings. The pizza is authentic, as founders and brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt were born and raised in the Motor City. If you’re looking for something sweet and savory, try the Cadillac, a satisfying combination of prosciutto, fig preserves, gorgonzola and balsamic glaze, all on top of that perfect crust.
East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave.
East Side Pies is no longer just on the East Side, as they’ve expanded to multiple locations around town. Their team works with local farms and ranches to provide fresh ingredients for their pizzas, including 100% whole milk mozzarella and seasonal vegetables. They even offer a daily Farm to Table pizza special, celebrating the local produce they source. With names like Homer, Epoch, Buscemi and Stagger Lee, the flavors are always interesting at East Side Pies.
7101 Woodrow Ave. Unit A
1804 Briarcliff Blvd.
Little Deli, a locally owned northeastern-style deli and pizzeria, has been serving up delicious deli sandwiches and pizza for over 30 years in Austin. Their hand-tossed, homemade pies are stone-cooked to perfection and are sold by the pie or slice. Try their freshly made soup of the day, or their traditional calzones or strombolis served with a side of marinara sauce.
8315 Burnet Rd.
The New York-style pizzeria, Pedroso’s, is an Austin favorite for their coal-fired, N.Y.-style thin, crispy pies with simple and balanced ingredients. They have also perfected other pies such as the American style with more sauce and thicker crust, the Grandma style with a crunchy square crust, and the Sicilian style with a thick, fluffy, and crispy crust. The food truck is located outside of the bar, Night Owl, making it the ultimate after-work spot to fill up on pizza and cannolis.
3111 W 35th St.
Next to Flo’s Wine Bar is Austin’s buzzy slice counter All Day Pizza, which offers full-size and by-the-slice pies. For a savory and sweet pizza try their “Sweet Sausage,” and for spice lovers try their “Spicy Margh.” If you can’t decide what to try, “The Sampler” offers the chance to try all six of their house special slices for the price of five.
2900 W Anderson Ln. Bldg B
Tony C’s award-winning New York-style pizza and Italian-American food is an Austin staple for its excellent authentic Italian food and coal-fired pizza. Their fast-casual restaurant with an extensive beer and specialty pizza menu is the perfect spot for date nights or family outings. Though you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, you don’t want to miss out on their buttery and savory garlic knots or pepperoni rolls.
Pecan Square Cafe
1200 W 6th St. #B
Centered in Clarksville is the chic and casual Pecan Square Cafe, owned by the MML Hospitality Family behind Austin hotspots like Clark’s Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Café, and Lamberts Downtown Barbecue. Their seasonal and local menu is known for its delicious pasta and wood-fired brick oven pizza. This summer’s seasonal menu includes scrumptious choices such as “Sausage & Shishito Pizza” for lunch and “Squash Blossom Pizza” for dinner.