Thin crust, deep dish, gluten-free, or wheat-filled. No matter which way you like your pizza, the bottom line is that this Italian classic is one of the most universally beloved foods in the world — and that includes Austin. Sure, the capital of Texas might be best known for its lip-smackingly good BBQ and inventive Tex-Mex creations, but make no mistake: Austin knows a thing or two about great pizza.
Austin may not have its own distinguished pizza style, but it’s one of the best places on the planet to grab everything from Detroit style pizza, crispy thin-crust, or traditional Neapolitan-style pies. As always, you can find something unique and a little weird in Austin. For pizza that means pies with hot honey, pastrami, and even white clams.
From old-school pizza joints where you can grab a slice of pepperoni on the go to modern spots offering vegan options and gourmet fixings, the city is heating up with pizza places that could give New York City a run for its money. Any way you slice it, here’s the best pizza, Austin style.
The Best Pizza Joints in Austin
East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave |5312 Airport Suite G | 13265 N Hwy 183 Suite B
East Side Pies keeps things local when dishing up their thin-crust pizzas. Meat and fresh produce are sourced from Texas and Austin farmers and their whole-milk mozzarella is to die for. Stop in at one of the three locations across Austin or order takeout to enjoy pizza in your own home.
1519 E Cesar Chavez St | 6555 Burnet Rd
Looking for award-winning Neapolitan pizza with a touch of sophistication? Head on over to East Austin and stop at Bufalina, one of the best Italian restaurants in Austin. The Italian inspired pizzas feature all the classic ingredients from mozzarella, fontina, and sausage to unique additions like yogurt, salsa verde, and chili. Try the Fresca featuring mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, lemon, and parmesan cheese.
166 Hargraves Dr. Unit H
Pieous is a casual Italian restaurant offering authentic Neapolitan pizzas, Italian sandwiches, and salads. With its rustic, red barn-style exterior and welcoming NYC-ish interior (think white subway tile walls, white metal chairs, and chalkboard menus), Pieous is one of those fun, casual places where you can enjoy a thin-crust pizza without any fuss. Although just as many people come by for the hand-carved, house-smoked, Texas pastrami as they do for the pizza, if you happen to be vegetarian, there are several tasty options. (And most can be made vegan, too.) The patio is dog-friendly and you’ll find gluten-free pizza options as well as award-winning beers on tap.
4729 Burnet Rd | 4236 S Lamar Blvd | 2800 Hope Trail Round Rock
Pinthouse Pizza is a great pizza place if you’re looking for tasty craft brews to pair with your slice of pizza. Here, you’ll find award-winning beers and a Texas spin on traditional pizza. Try the Billy Bird made with buffalo hot sauce, savory chicken, blue cheese, and onions and don’t miss their happy hour.
Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave | 1421 South Congress Ave | 501 East 53rd St
You’ll know you’ve found one of the best pizza joints in the city when you see the lines wrapping down the sidewalk. Home Slice is legendary in Austin, serving up some of the best New York-Style Pizzas in the entire state. Try the Eggplant Pie or the White Pie with Spinach featuring ricotta, provolone, and romano.
507 San Jacinto Blvd
Backspace is a Neapolitan pizzeria located in the heart of downtown Austin behind the backspace of Parkside, owned by chef Shawn Cirkiel. The intimate dining room is the perfect spot to enjoy Italian style pizzas. The flour is imported from Italy and cooked in a brick oven. Pair a slice of pizza with their amazing antipasti and an Italian beverage — we recommend the classic Peroni.
Little Deli & Pizzeria
7107-A Woodrow Ave
Little Deli is a northeastern style deli serving up authentic New Jersey pizza near Crestview. The pizza is crafted with homemade dough in artisan style and is hand-tossed. The dough is heated on a two-inch stone hearth and you can grab a whole pie or just a pizza slice.
1305 W Oltorf St
The ABGB is a beloved Austin brewpub offering delicious pizza pies and brews to complement each flavor. For a vegan pizza, try the Marinara, which has marinara sauce, roasted garlic, and fresh herbs without any cheese. For something more adventurous, try the white clam pizza or the Wagyu ground beef pizza — both delicious treats in their own right.
Tony C’s Coal-Fired Pizza
12800 Hill Country Blvd
Tony’s is one of the only places in the Austin area serving up coal-fired pizzas. Founded and run by the Ciola family, the restaurant is now led by third-generation restauranteur Tony Ciola. Here, you’ll find cherished family recipes along with New York Style pizzas.
1111 E 6th St | 61 Rainey Street
Via 313 is the place to go for Detroit-style pizza in Austin. Featuring a total of five locations, there’s no excuse to miss this amazing deep dish pizza next time you’re in town. It doesn’t get more authentic than this — even the pizzas are baked in pans sourced from Detroit that were originally designed for auto parts. Grab a square slice and savor the thick crust and gooey cheese that would make even the most authentic Detroiter miss home. Here, you’ll find ingredients from meatballs and goat cheese to pesto and authentic tomato sauce. Stop in if you’re strolling 6th Street and make sure to visit Craft Pride right next door for delicious beers.
Desano Pizzeria Napoletana
8000 Burnet Rd
Master pizza makers serve up delicious pizza pies here that are as authentic as the ones you’d find in Naples. The Neapolitan pies are baked in a wood-burning oven and adhere to strict guidelines from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Try the classic Margherita pizza with pecorino romano or the Diavolo featuring mozzarella di bufala, soppressata, and pepperoni.
Dig Into The Best Pizza in Austin
No matter how you slice it, pizza is just one of those foods that always puts you in a good mood. Sure, carb-loading might not be the best idea every day of the week. But when those cravings for a hot, savory pie come calling, these Austin pizza spots will certainly hit the spot. But just to cover your bases, be sure to check out the best places to take a hike and the top parks in Austin so you can treat yourself and still keep yourself on track. If you’re looking for the best pizza in Austin, hit up some of these hot spots. Whether you’re looking for deep dish pizza or gluten-free options, the city has something for everyone.