October is National Pizza Month and we’ve got a list of Austin pizza joints to help satisfy your pie craving, one slice at a time. Austin is a city that enjoys a great food experience and since we don’t have our own style of pizza, we welcome a unique blend of choices, from New York style to Vegan and beyond. Here are our top picks of each style that Austin has to offer.
Via 313 is true Detroit style, square-shaped pie. The joint started out as an East Austin food truck; however, it has added three brick and mortar locations and two food trucks so you can get your fix of this very specific “up-side-down” pizza (toppings>cheese>toppings>cheese>sauce). So why is it square? The Motor City pizzeria’s used blue steel auto parts pans to bake this delicacy.
This is a long-time Austin favorite, located on the iconic South Congress strip of shops and restaurants. The atmosphere and location will bring you in, but the giant foldable New York-style slices will keep you coming back for more. The More Homeslice location next door is open late for taking out after a night on Congress.
The thing that sets Pinthouse apart is the merging of two passions, craft beer, and good food. The founders set out to blend a vast and award-winning beer menu with unique hand-crafted pizza offerings. There are north and south locations and the monthly “Off the Map” pie is a great choice for exploring their creative flavor combinations.
Tucked away in the quaint Crestview neighborhood of Austin, Little Deli is easy to miss if you don’t travel off the beaten path occasionally. This joint boasts Jersey-style pizza, or “Trenton Tomato Pie”. These are giant slices similar to New York style. The crust is thin and chewy, with the sauce on top. One of the perks is that the massive slices can be purchased individually rather than the whole pie.
Conan’s uses an old Chicago recipe to create this authentic deep dish. The restaurant has been a favorite in Austin since 1976 and “The Savage” is their recommended legendary pie. It’s basically the works with some anchovy and jalapeño for some additional pizza pizzazz.
Austin is ranked #7 in the top 10 vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., according to ChooseVeg.com, so it’s no surprise that we have an outstanding food truck for vegan pizza lovers. Even if you’re not vegan, Lil Nonna’s is a delicious destination and they even make their own homemade vegan cheese. There are unique menu choices like the Mexican Pizza which uses a “carne asada” protein from local vendor Nissi VegMex.
Here at Bufalina, you can satisfy that Neapolitan style pizza and wine craving with a great selection of wines and vibrantly crafted pizza combinations. This style hails from Naples, Italy and the cheese used is specifically mozzarella made from the milk of water buffalo. Bufalina describes their pizza as “properly charred and slightly wet in the middle, a Neapolitan hallmark.”
Last but certainly not least is our top pick for pizza delivery. Jet’s Pizza is a chain that started in Sterling Heights, Michigan, a blue-collar suburb of Detroit. This pizza is square-shaped Detroit style, like Via 313 and if you live in South Austin it comes straight to your door, hot and fresh. This is our “sleeper hit” because this little joint hasn’t quite caught on yet, outside of South Austin residents who buzz about it. We definitely recommend stopping by for take-out, even if you don’t live in the delivery neighborhood.
So order your preferred style of pie and mangia!