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Best Pizza in Austin?

Since I moved to Austin a little over a year ago I've tried at least a dozen pies, though I haven't found anything like the North-east, I've definitely enjoyed some decent pizza. Home-Slice, Hog Island, East-Side pies, Hoboken Pies, and Craig O's (Bbq chicken) all are fairly good. I've heard good things about Sarcone's as well...

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    1. re: moosy

      I think Cipollina is overrated. It's a cool "place." Thankfully they now have some women working there – the men were grumpy and condescending. I hate them though for being really really stingy with their basil on the Margherita pizza. Even when you ask them for extra, it's just a few measly shreds.

    2. Saccone's is my favorite. Opinions seem to be split on this board, and some have said it's greasy and the middle doesn't hold up well and gets soggy with the toppings. I happen to like grease, and the fact that they are liberal with their cheese. So, weight of the toppings means you have to fold it... not a problem for me.

      I also like the pizza at Frank and Angie's for one reason... they offer roasted garlic as an option, and it has generous amounts of whole roasted garlic cloves. A lot of places offer fresh garlic, which I like, but roasted is a whole other thang.

      Salvation is nice if you like very thin, very crispy, charred crust. The Parlor's crust was similar. I've also had good pizzas from Milto's, Rounder's, Home Slice, and Southside Flying Pizza.

      What kind of pizza are you looking for? What are your preferences? I'm a total nerd, and have kept notes on everywhere I've eaten pizza since I moved to Austin. I'm up to 37. Still haven't tried Eastside Pies or Hoboken or Cipollina, and I've only had sandwiches at Hog Island. Unfortunately, though, I haven't had NY pizza, so I won't be able to talk "authentic".

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      1. re: stephanieh

        I need to your recommendation for a Northwest Austin Pizza place. My brother is in town tonight staying at a hotel in the Arboreteum area and we want to order out pizza for a crowd. Have you tried Brooklyn Pie Co. or Red Brick Pizza? They are close to the hotel.

        1. re: unobug

          red brick is a chain that does individual sized pies.
          if those are the available options, go w/ brooklyn.
          i've only had pizza from the la frontera location, but it was tasty.
          they have good greek salads, too.

      2. saccones speaking as a ex nyker for many yrs is oily and only fair.rounders isnt bad and its italian which is a resturant makes a real good thin pizza.reales is ok but overall austin gets a C grade on pizza.

        1. This is kind of a played out and overhashed subject on this board, but I have to put a plug in for Slices and Ices on the drag. They never get any love on this board, but their slices are as good as they get in Austin...north of the river at least.

          Their Calzone slice (cooked well done) has been a lunchtime staple for a couple years now.

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          1. re: ieathereforeiam

            Here's a few dozen responses on an older Austin Pizza post.


            I've only had two amazingly bad meals in Austin.Ever.Yes,I've eaten more than my fair share of mediocre food but recently I had a meal so bad that I really questioned whether I would ever eat again.Surely a slow death by starvation would be preferable to eating more than once at Red House Pizzeria on Manor Road.

            We'd decided to have a quiet night,watch a really slow Kalatozov movie and sit on the couch with a big pizza.That sounds like an estimable plan when you pair it up with a litre of Maudite and a handy dimmer switch,but the cook at Red House has a different plan in mind.To wit,let's send out a pie that's simultaneously scorched beyond recognition yet achieves the distinction of being as chewy as a giant wad of Big League Chew.HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

            When the bartender hands me the giant box it weighs about the same as my Austin utility bill envelope.I actually look inside to make sure there's a pizza in there.It's a 5 topping pie that could've been sent with a 42 cent stamp.It's right at midnight so I trundle home with my pie,fire up the old Magnavox and get down to business.

            OUTRAGE,HERESY,DISGUST,PUERILITY-and a lot of other adjectives too.This is some really bad pizza.A scant dusting of the promised 5 toppings straddle a woebegone,blackened husk of a crust charred to the point of resembling the castings from a coke plant in Eastern Tennessee.I'm hungry as a bear so I put the thing in my mouth.


            I crunch-I chew-I crunch-I chew.I've eaten glutenous,chewy pizza.I've eaten thin brittle pizza but I've never eaten glutenous,thin pizza.It's weird.I started a post called "Ground Breaking Chef in Austin Texas" awhile back and I think I've found that chef.He's at Red House Pizzeria.He's breaking new ground in shipping food out that bears little resemblance to the common definition of what we North Americans call food.Maybe this is the epicenter of molecular gastronomy in Austin and I'm just not aware enough to realize it.

            This is one bad pizza. I set the box out on the back porch,rummage through the fridge for awhile before it hits me.SAVE THE RACOONS,SAVE THE POSSUMS. I step out back and grab the odious pie before some curious critter from the nearby woods happens upon it and mistakes it for food.

            I'm not sure what the best pizza in Austin is but I reckon it's about the same as being the best ballerina in Galveston[ M*A*S*H?].We're too far from the multitude of factors that make up a great pie[proper municipal water being the first one that springs to mind]so we content ourselves with barbecue,queso and chicken fried steak...such are the privations of life in Central Texas.

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                Scrumptious, although I'm sorry you suffered bad pizza, this is one of my favorite posts of yours.

                I used to believe in that adage about pizza being like sex... even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. But then I had Joseph's pizza (in Westlake on Bee Caves Rd), and it took bad to an all new level. Your description of the pizza that could be sent with a postage stamp brought that pizza memory rushing back. Thanks (she says sarcastically). ;-)

                Completely unrelated to scrumptious' post, I don't get the love for Reale's. We've eaten there more than any other pizza in Austin, because it's walking distance from our house. But, I find the crust way too tough. The part with the toppings is fine, but the outer crust makes my jaw ache and is bland to boot. It's the only place in town where I leave my "pizza bones". I've also had the weirdest wait staff experiences there. There's one person whose section I won't sit in. In order to push salads, she told us our pizza would be about 45 minutes (nothing special like a thick crust or anything), then she brought bread sticks to every table but ours (including others who only ordered pizzas). The last time we went, another waitress forgot about us after leaving the check. We waited and ungodly amount of time, being that neither of us are fond of conflict of any kind. Other diners were noticing, actually, when we decided to take the check to the front register and pay. It wasn't that she was busy, either. I saw her chatting up some guy in the kitchen for quite some time. Nonetheless, that's probably where hubby will want to eat again tonight. Sigh.

                1. re: stephanieh

                  That Joseph's is an Austin's Pizza now.

                  1. re: Delled

                    Interesting... and not at all surprising. I think it was the worst pizza I've had in my lifetime (and that's a whole lotta pizza!) Plus, wasn't it just across the street from Marye's Pizza? We haven't been over there in quite awhile, but I remember liking it the times we went. A little pricey, though.

                2. re: scrumptiouschef

                  I know this is an old post, but I read scrumptiouschef comment on pizza and I had to laugh out loud! That's why I hate pizza in Texas. It's either downright disgusting or underwhelming.

              2. I'm going to have to disagree with scrumptiouschef on this one. The Red House has absolutely the best pizza in Austin IF you like a thin and crispy crust. Their pizza is more in line with Cipollina or Eastside Pies, both of which I am a fan of as well, it's just hard to get there after I was turned onto Red House. The bar and patio are just icing on the cake.

                1. I guess it depends on where in the Northeast you are from and which Northeastern pies are your favorite. My personal favorite is East Side Pies, mostly because the thin, kind of crackery/floppy crust and the way the grease melts into the cheese remind me of Colony Grill, my favorite pizzeria growing up in CT.

                  Now if I could only find or convince someone to start one of those family-run Greek pizza places they have all over the Northeast! (And I'm not talking kalamata olives and feta cheese).

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                  1. re: brattpowered

                    bratt, have you tried Milto's? Just curious, because I've never been to a Greek family run place in the NE, so I can't compare. I don't think it's the best pizza in Austin, but it's pretty good.

                    1. re: stephanieh

                      I have tried it but it is regular thin crust. Pizza from the Greek places up north have thicker crusts and are cooked in a round pan with a lot of cheese and wonderful grease.

                      1. re: brattpowered

                        Ahhhh, yeah, I've been looking for a greasier pizza with thicker crust since I moved here too. I'm guessing some of the pizza I had when I lived in Michigan years ago was Greek style. There was a strong Greek population there. It seemed like it also had Chicago-style influence, being in the same region. I sure miss that pizza.

                        Quite awhile back someone posted that Milto's did a thick crust Sicilian pizza. I guess that wouldn't be in a round pan, though. I've been wanting to go back and try that, but hubby likes his crust like a cracker, so I haven't pressed the issue.

                        Please let me know if you ever find that pizza. I'll do the same, but I've been looking the whole four years I've been here. Grease is the word.

                  2. I'm another vote for Saccone's, but I'd also like to say Yaghi's on William Cannon is pretty damn good.

                    Personally, I didn't think any pizza in Austin was any good till about 2 years after I moved here. I theorize my palate needed to acclimate to the low quality pizza climate.

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                    1. re: pokeedog

                      See, having grown up in Texas with Pizza Inn and Pizza Hut as my standard for pizza, I think the pizza available in Austin is fantastic. It truly is all a matter of experience and perspective.

                      1. re: Ashforth

                        Experience and perspective is right. If you went to the NE, you couldn't find decent BBQ or Mexican Food without really having to search for it and try many before finding one that you can tolerate. That's all most Northeasterners do about Pizza here in Austin. Tolerate. There are 3 decent pizzas in Austin that this boy from Brooklyn has tried and liked: Saccone's, Reale's and The Home Slice. There may be others, I just haven't gotten to them yet.

                    2. Being a native of Wichita, KS - the home of Pizza Hut - I originally thought that there was nothing better - well not so! -
                      To our pleasant surprise after moving to Austin in November, we found Austin Pizza Garden @ 6266 Hwy 290 West. It is in an old rustic stone building with a lot of charm and super friendly wait staff.
                      There are 24 varieties on their menu - but have only had the #2 Colossus - All very fresh ingredients and TONS of the best tasting italian sausage I have ever tasted. Their med. @ $13.86 is more than enough for two of us. Sauce is mild with just enough to make it flavorful. Crispy thin crust with a nutty flavor. Fri & Sat. can be a long wait.
                      Added their house salad Sat. night and again was enough for two.

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                      1. re: john2

                        Austin Pizza Garden is definitely the best pizza in austin and one of my favorite restaurants. I love all the options they have and their caesar salad is so simple but delicious. Love love this pizza.

                        1. re: jawbanana

                          That's interesting, because Austin Pizza Garden is on the top of my list as the absolute WORST pizza in Austin and beyond. I would choose a Totino's over it. Service is terrible to boot. A shame, because the building is cute (that's what got me to try it).

                      2. Ok, I have been to Austin once for one great week, but I have to throw in a recommendation for Mellow Mushroom. I know it's not a local shop and there are probably better pies out there, but it was really good pizza.

                        1. Taste wise Homeslice is my favorite for sure. Their Margherita is heaven. I am in Austin by way of Boston then NYC and I am very serious about pizza. Homeslice has my heart.

                          For delivery though, Austin's Pizza is the best. They are local and family owned, affordable, and they don't skimp on ingredients. They have messed up my order twice in the 4 years I have been ordering from them but were super apologetic and fixed it quickly both times.

                          1. Uno 360 has a great Prosciutto e Uovo (ham&egg roughly) pizza. Not probably the typical answer to your question but it is a fantastic tasting pie.

                            1. I would certainly recommend Salvation Pizza. It opened towards the end of last summer. The pizza is delicious-thin crust! It is on west 34th street next door to Food Heads, and in the old Starlite location. Definitely try their white pie with shrimp, it is wonderful and light (for pizza, that is), and has capers, onions, and lemon juice.

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                              1. re: nyc_girl13

                                salvation has consistently been some of the worst pizza in austin.

                                1. re: nyc_girl13

                                  I agree with nyc_girl on Salvation Pizza. Every time I've had the white pie w/shrimp it has been fantastic: served piping hot, crispy crust and a great balance of flavors.

                                  1. re: nyc_girl13

                                    Salvation Pizza is good and it's a fun place to go. However, the best pizza in Austin still has to be Brick Oven Pizza! The Southwest Chicken pizza is awesome!

                                    1. re: AustinRocks

                                      I absolutely love Brick Oven, I order it from Eat Out In a lot. Their Margherita is great, as well as the European and the Southwestern Chicken ones too.

                                  2. While I am definitely a fan of the more well-known pizza joints in Austin (East Side Pies ROCKS), I really have to give some props to the lesser-known fare. First of all, how is it that no one has mentioned Slices and Ices on the drag? Their pizza is the epitome of perfection if you like a nice thin, bubbly crust that doesn't get soggy or weighed down by toppings. I like that they build up the "bone" part of the crust too so I actually have a mouthfull of blissfully chewy bread to gnaw on when my pizza is all but demolished. Also, a great little gem that I just discovered by chance - The Parlor. There's a Hyde Park and a North Loop location (I went to the North Loop location). I was incredibly lucky that I was starving that night as I just went to see my friends play a show there, but I had to eat something and they had pizza. I can't say much for the atmosphere there, it's pretty much a TINY bar (not 21 and up) with really bad, loud music and moody bartenders - but the pizza was INCREDIBLE! This pizza is the perfect compromise to solve the war of thick/thin crust lovers. It has a nice thick crust that provides the chewy, toothy feel that some crave, but it also has the nice crunch of bubbly crisp layers that thin crust lovers want. Also, everything is just in perfect ratio - from sauce, to spice, to cheese, to toppings. I got a simple pepperoni and mushroom pizza there and was blown away by how good it was. ADDED BONUS: They have VEGAN cheese and toppings upon request!

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                                    1. re: TheSprinkler

                                      ieatthereforiam lauded slices n ices above in an earlier post.

                                      I like their pizza too but the slice I pick [from their pre-cooked pies on display] is always over $4.Remember when Tony Soprano contemplated having a pizza guy wacked cause the pie was $2 a slice and not the ordained price of a $1.50?I'm with Tony on the upward spiral of by the slice pizza prices. Maybe after a couple torpedas come down from New York and clean up Austin we'll not have to suffer under the yoke of overpriced pie.

                                      From a previous post:

                                      slice of pizza.The price of a slice of pie in Austin has skyrocketed what with all the carpetbaggers making their way to the Republic with visions of buried Texas gold in their heads.That's why I always go to Nikki's in the Dobie Mall.The best slice in town and at 2 bucks a pop in one of the highest rent districts in Austin,revealing of the unsavory business model of their competitors.Words http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/448053

                                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                        I generally go there for lunch. they have a 2 slices and drink deal. it usually comes to less than 8 bucks i think.

                                        I hear you on the creeping price of pizza though.

                                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                          I like Slices and Ices a lot. I usually get a slice of Mediterranean + a spinach dominated veggie pizza (I think this has a bechamel sauce base). I think they are inconsistant - sometimes superlative sometimes so-so. I was less impressed by the more meaty slices but did not eat them often enough to remember if the sausage was distinctive. I remember the pepperoni was nothing special.

                                          While pricy I think quality ingredients cost. My own cost of making pizza at home is very high because of the price of ingredients. Their cheese has a distinct character. On their veggie pizza they have distinct slices of tomato etc which probably adds up.

                                          Like you I am a big fan of Nikki's in Dobie Mall. I just get a simple cheese slice. I was dissapointed by Reale's. Eastside pies was below average at best on my single visit - I do not like a cracker style crust and the cheese did not seem that tasty and veggie topings in sadly wilted condition. Homestyle was decent but I would still give the nod to Slices and Ices (at least for non meaty pizza).

                                      2. Enoteca Vespiao's pizzas are the best I've had in Austin. The prosciutto-arugula-egg pizza might be the best pizza I've ever had.

                                        Warning: it doesn't hold up well as a To-Go pizza. Eat on premises.

                                        1. I'm a thin and crispy fan and am surprised nobody has mentioned Mellow Mushroom on the drag which I think, bar none, is the best pizza I have eaten anywhere. Light coating of olice oil on the crust and LOTS of cheese and toppings. And they put just enlugh sauce on so that it actually cooks and doesn't slosh out all over when you take a bite. And for all us way southwesterners, New York Pizza in the HEB shopping center in Bee Cave is really really good. Both are similar in style to Home Slice but I th ink they are a little better. Maybe I'm a heretic but I've never been a Frank & Angies fan. Too much sauce.

                                          1. Being from the Northeast, I know how it feels when it's hard to find good quality pizza in Austin. For some reason, many pizzerias (if that's what you can call them) put out some downright nasty stuff. With that said, Home Slice is fine but I've found it isn't consistent enough for repeat visits.

                                            I recently visited Salvation Pizza and my pie was incredible and that's the first time in over 7 years in Austin I can say that. The pizza is Neopalitian-style, meaning thin crust. I did visit Salvation earlier last year, but they were just opening and not consistent enough for me to revisit. With my last visit however, the pizza was charred (not undercooked like most pizzerias in Austin) and flavorful with the mozz and asiago cheeses. It is worth a try.

                                            1. "fairly good" is about all you get here in Austin. i'm a transplanted new yorker - and my boyfriend's a transplanted chicago native. we complain about the state of pizza in austin all the time. east side pies delivers to our house, so we order it mostly out of convenience, but every now and then it's pretty good. sometimes it's terrible. they can never seem to stay consistent - even in whether it's sliced in wedges or squares. hoboken pie is good for a late nite slice if you're downtown and want something to cushion the beer without killing the buzz, but as a former hoboken resident, it doesn't compare - the sauce isn't as sweet nor the cheese and dough as salty as a real ny slice. salvation is blah, i don't need sliced asparagus on my overcookedm too-thin pizza, thanks. austin pizza, which delivers to our practice space, is mediocre, and many of the others i won't even try. our best luck comes from the pizza stone in our oven - if you're planning to stay here, you should get one too.

                                              1. Caliaforna Pizza Kitchen or Saccones

                                                1. Since I've never had NY or any NE pie for that matter, I have to say, I've found a few pizzas in Austin that I love. Lately it's Red House, but also East Side, Homeslice and Enotecca. I like what my friends refer to as "pizza on a cracker", and those all fit the bill (well maybe not Homeslice so much, but I still like it).

                                                  1. Here is a vote for Tony C's at the Hill Country Galleria. Great crust and very good sausage. The sauce could be a little more spicy; but hopefully they will improve on that.

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                                                    1. re: auspr

                                                      Nearly a year later, I'm going to say "Aye!!" to this.

                                                      Four visits in, their pizza is now my favorite in Austin. (Is this place even in Austin city limits?)

                                                      1. re: auspr

                                                        Too Spicy is my complaint about the sauce on just about every Pizza I've eaten in this town. Tomato and Basil, Mozzarella on a thin crispy crust that offers just the right "tug" when bitten. Oregano at the table; the "bright" of the Tomato is what you should taste when eating pizza; Pizza Sauce and Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce are completely different animals. If you tell me a Pizza Sauce is not spicy enough I'd recommend Mr. Gattis', Pizza Hut or some other perveyers of crap shaped like a pizza; that's what they always do, over season. Take it from a guy born in Brooklyn (where Pizza was invented in America); less is more, subtle and not overwhelming is the way to do it.

                                                      2. Stoney's Pizza - it's the red pizza truck across the street from Emo's in the small parking lot at the corner of 6th and Red River. It's as close to east coast pizza that i've had in a long time. The two owners (a father and son team) are both originally from Back East, so they know how to make a slice - not too thin, not too crispy, not too thick - just perfect; you can fold that sucker in half and eat it like yer supposed to be able to eat a slice. No crazy/weird toppings either - pepperoni, veggie, cheese. I think half my friends back in NY would laugh til they died if they saw some of these white sauce/shrimp/trail mix/ whatever toppings that these other pizza places come up with. That's good for "fusion pizza", I guess, but I like my pizza old school and so far Stoney's is the tops.

                                                        1. Having grown up in NJ, I have yet to find any Neapolitan style pizza that I'd consider even very good. It all has to do with the crust. It's easy to find good toppings, but an excellent crust is impossible to find.

                                                          I was recently in Chicago, and after having an excellent Chicago-style pizza, I realized that what I can get at Mangia's is pretty good. It isn't as good as what I had, but it's close enough. I'm sure ex-Chicago natives will disagree.

                                                          1. I tried Yagghi's delivery last week at a friend's house and I have to say, that was some really good pizza. I tried the sausage and the pepperoni. I thought there was too much sausage and it was the crumbled kind and a bit bland. I liked the pepperoni a lot and I can't remember the last time I had pepperoni.

                                                            The slices were nice and floppy and foldable as well. When I move back to that area, that will be my standard for delivery I'm sure.

                                                            1. If you do find one, please let another transplant know! I love the crust at HomeSlice but their tomato sauce is so bland. (Unfortunately, there used to be a great place on Bee Caves (I can't remember the name) but they definitely had the best pizza in Austin.)

                                                              1. We've recently been very impressed with House Pizzaria on Airport. My favorite is the Margherita Extra (with buffalo mozarella). We also liked the homemade sausage pizza. The cheese pizza was good but not as good at the others. Next to that is the original Brick Oven on 35th, the Trentino -- proscuitto and goat cheese. Saccone's is way up there too.

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                                                                1. re: Rosedale_foodie

                                                                  I second Tony C's. I was very impressed.

                                                                  1. re: Rosedale_foodie

                                                                    Im with ya on House Pizzeria, the goat cheese and potato is my favorite, I crave it now.

                                                                    1. re: anchovy13

                                                                      Went to House yesterday, Had 2
                                                                      Subterranean ~ Caramelized onion, fontina, mushrooms, roasted potatoes, basil
                                                                      Loved'em, potatoes w/onion, wow!!!

                                                                  2. Ok guys, thought I'd throw my two cents out there as to where to find the best pizza in Austin. First off, I'm APPALLED that no one has mentioned Little Deli on this thread. Now, given, they have only had a pizza over since the end of the summer, but we're talking about the number one rated lunch place in Austin on yelp that now makes pizza. The owner is a guy named Tony who grew up in New Jersey and specifically started making pizza because he could never find real Jersey pizza anywhere in Austin. Result? Amazing, this crust pizza. His white pie has four kinds of cheese on it, is the perfect thickness and every bite is like a mini orgasm. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that LD's more conventional Mediterranean pizza was excellent. Did I also mention that they can consistently make you any pizza in 15 minutes? Even gigantic ones with tons of toppings? This place cannot be beat in Austin, in my opinion. No delivery and not open on weekends, though (although Tony told me they're gonna be open on Saturdays in the future).

                                                                    In a nutshell for the rest. Homeslice is great and fun, but the wait i godawful. My gf and I love this spot though and its our number 2 favorite. There is also Frank and Angie's, which makes an excellent pizza in an old-school Italian restaurant setting. Those are my favorites. This thread has given me lots of ideas, though (never heard of Saccone's, Cipollina, and a few of the others).

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                                                                    1. re: antifolkhero

                                                                      I second on Little Deli. It's surprisingly good and BYOB.

                                                                      1. re: antifolkhero

                                                                        I had a few bites of pizza from Little Deli with dinner tonight and thought it was delicious! I look forward to being able to enjoy it on a day I didn't blow all of my calories at lunch!

                                                                        1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                          Thanks *so* much for sharing about Little Deli!! I'd never heard of it before. We tried it, and now it is in my top two pizzas.

                                                                          Little Deli
                                                                          7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                                                      2. Mangieri's Pizza Cafe has amazing pizza here in Austin!

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                                                                        1. re: StephW

                                                                          Have to disagree on Mangieri's.

                                                                          I was not impressed. The pizzas bases were dry not at all authentic Italian.

                                                                          Sauce was over herbed and too sweet, again, not authentic.

                                                                          Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon complaint when ot comes to pizza in Austin.

                                                                          Mangieri's Pizza Cafe
                                                                          5900 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749

                                                                          1. re: McEwans_Exported

                                                                            god i wanted to like mangieri's but i hated it too. so bland.

                                                                            1. re: NirvRush

                                                                              Based on my years of experience of NY pizza I was shocked at how average Saccones was. I haven't had Home Slice but Tony C's is very good, and very comparable to east coast pizza. Mangieri's in Lakeway is good, but TC's blows it out of the water.

                                                                              1. re: ChristineR

                                                                                I haven't had home slice, either, but I did walk past it today. Without any preconceived notions, the smell reminded me of NYC. I caught a peek at the pizza, and there was a nice char on the bottom.

                                                                                Saccones used to be good, but it has become bland and flaccid. We don't even go there anymore for lunch....off the list.

                                                                                1. re: ChristineR

                                                                                  It's a proper New York Slice -- except for the sauce. It's literally just tomato paste. You know what that tastes like. So you've got this great crust and toppings, but awful sauce. Could be the best with slight tweaking, but it just doesn't taste right.

                                                                                  Home Slice Pizza
                                                                                  1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                          2. House Pizzeria on Airport.
                                                                            Truly in a different league (for Austin). Potato & goat cheese esp., but other superb choices as well.

                                                                            Bonus: killer jukebox and splendid tap beer selection.

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                                                                            1. re: ricodanles

                                                                              I second House Pizzeria. True Napoli style pizza and decent wine selection with a nod to organics.

                                                                              1. re: chicagowinediva

                                                                                Easily the most inconsistent...some days great, others not so...Homeslice (also most over-rated & potentially biggest hassle to eat in-house).

                                                                                1. re: stellawine

                                                                                  Are you saying House is inconsistent or Homeslice? I have had pretty consistent pizza at house, aside from one pie that I just didn't like the topping combo.

                                                                                  I do agree that homeslice is a PITA to actually sit down and eat at, plus their beer selection is weak.

                                                                                  1. re: bbq1995

                                                                                    I agree about the hassle of sitting down, ordering etc. So i always go next door to their homeslice 2 (or whatever it is called). You order at the counter. There are a few tables or you can take it outside and eat at a table (or on the curb). You can also order by the slice.
                                                                                    The only negaitve IIRC, is that you can't order from the full menu, only what is on the board that day. It usually includes Margherita, chees, pep, and something else, sometimes something with eggplant.

                                                                              2. re: ricodanles

                                                                                House's crust is unbelievably good. Chewy, without being tough. Never the wait that is so common at Homeslice, and as others have noted, much better beer selection. My vote for the best in town.

                                                                              3. What about backspace? I've been dying to go check out there super hot oven or whatnot. Anybody been?

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                                                                                1. re: sarahp

                                                                                  backspace was kind of inconsistent. I'm a huge fan of Parkside, so i'm just hoping they will get it figured out by sxsw. Good odds on that.

                                                                                  1. re: sarahp

                                                                                    I was there about a month ago. The service was good. We ordered appetizer, I think the octopus and the olives. The olives I remembered were a bit too cooked for my like but others might like it that way. The pizzas, again it's been a while, I think we ordered the margarita and the roasted mushrooms. The ingredients were fresh and the crust was nicely cooked but the flavor wasn't there as I was expecting. I will try to go again as they were just starting, and see if the flavor has improved.

                                                                                    If you want a sublime pizza, drive to San Antonio to Dough Pizzeria. It is a bit expensive but the pizzas are amazing, they make their own mozzarella and have a little mozz bar too. Austin is still not there for my taste but everyone has their own take on pizza as you can see on this thread.

                                                                                    1. re: fduran

                                                                                      I agree with the comment that nothing in Austin thus far compares with Dough in San Antonio for top quality pizza.

                                                                                      1. re: fduran

                                                                                        Dough Pizzeria in S/A? I'm quite intrigued.

                                                                                        I recent worked downtown on a sunday night and stumbled upon "Hoboken Pies". When I walked in, the smell was on track; the slices are tastey but way too expensive for the tiny size and extremely skimpy top with more than 2 inches of crust between sauce and edge.

                                                                                        I made pizza while in HS & college and I've cooked at Mom & Pop joints AND a couple of national chains (yes, I'm a pizza snob AND a whore). In NYC the idea is to get the sauce as close to the edge as possible without spillage and when the unsauced edge rises beyond the "wet center" it "creates a handle"; where as, the big nationals instruct you to sauce up to X amount from the edge. All I can figure is that Hoboken is owned by tight-wads or a former Pizza Hut manager.

                                                                                    2. The Little Deli #7 Cherub Tomato / Garlic / Pepperoni medium thick crust pie is the best I've had in this town, and while you're at it you might as well sample their deviled eggs (mon and wed only, sold out fast) and beef and cheddar deli sandwich (get it on rye). this place is a reasonably priced culinary gem. A crestview treat. don't forget the lemon pound and carrot cakes, BAM.

                                                                                      Little Deli
                                                                                      7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                                                                      1. I like Home SLice and Southside, also Enoteca for the designer thin pizza, but actually the one that comes the closest to what I would call northeastern pizza...the kind you could find in any town at the end of a strip center, usually next to a laundromat and/or Chicken Delight...chewy crust with a crisp bottom, decent sauce, greasy whole milk mozzarella...is Cozzoli's downtown on Congress. Their plain cheese is good and they make a vegetable combo with eggplant that is soiid. Avoid the pasta dishes...cooked to mush and covered in generic red sauce (discernible from visual inspection, no tasting needed). So, if you grew up in the NE and miss that certain type of pizza...it fits. Limited beer selection, fluorescent lighting, and cable news provide atmosphere.

                                                                                        1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                                        1. I'm a HUGE fan of Bola Pizza. They're at the SFC Farmer's Market downtown on Saturday mornings with their wood-fired pizza oven mounted on a trailer. Best. Pizza. Ever.

                                                                                          For a non-Saturday morning pizza fix, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Giovanni's in the Valero at Lamar and Barton Skyway. Really great (although not as great as Bola), and it's hard not to love the fact that it comes out of a gas station.

                                                                                          1. I vote for Promise Pizza..

                                                                                            Promise Pizza
                                                                                            1500 A.W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664

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                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                              I'd second that vote if the category was for the worst pizza.

                                                                                              1. re: Longhorn13

                                                                                                Really? what you didn't like about it? Did we just luck out and get a really good one?

                                                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                  I thought the crust was horrible. It was completely dry. There wasn't anything memorable about the toppings.

                                                                                                  Plus, they have a machine that rolls the dough balls out for them. If you can do that with a dough ball, your dough is way too dry.

                                                                                            2. I'm gonna have to throw in another vote for House PIzzeria. I went there for the first time this weekend and it was fantastic. The potato & goat cheese, the subterranean and the margherita extra are all delish.

                                                                                              Also I've gotta give a nod to East Side Pies. The wild blue... I dream about it.

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                                                                                              1. re: popvulture

                                                                                                I love House (pizza and their fantastic for 8 taps beer selection), but I have to give props to East Side as well. Some people don't like it, but I love the cracker thin crust. Toppings generally seem to be good quality although the pie can be a touch greasy depending on what you get.

                                                                                                I went to Backspace this weekend and the pizza was fantastic as well. Had a margherita and bianca pizza. Crust had great char, and the bianca pizza was the better of the two. Tons of arugula with the various cheeses..mmm. Lamb and pork meatballs were great as well.

                                                                                                We sat at the bar to avoid a long wait on a saturday night.

                                                                                                1. re: bbq1995

                                                                                                  Had Garlic Breath...the pizza not the social disorder... the other day it was good stuff. However I still like the big sixth street slices soooooo what I think is "pizza" and what others do may be off the mark.

                                                                                              2. My kitchen...haha. This was my first pizza ever (Turned out decent. It was my attempt of recreating a classic romanesque margherita). In my humble opinion, pizza is all about the bread and minimal fresh ingredients. Any authentic Italian pizza joints in Austin?

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                                                                                                1. I am from the Northeast (MD, PA, NY) and my favorite pizza in town is Hoboken, but is only really good if you eat it there. Their thin crust really sogs out when you get it delivered.

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                                                                                                  1. re: duncanmcgeachy

                                                                                                    I haven't tried Hoboken yet...my wife is from PA and is always on the lookout for "real" pizza.

                                                                                                    I agree with always eating a pie in house to truly judge a place....

                                                                                                    1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                      I really think that the better the pizza is, the worse it travels.

                                                                                                  2. Is Conan's still around? It used to be my favorite, well, in the 1980's. :/

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                                                                                                    1. re: Lambowner

                                                                                                      yes, Conan's is still in Austin - but fewer locations than in the '80s

                                                                                                      *and* I still love Conan's SAVAGE on whole wheat crust, but it's a pizza type all unto itself

                                                                                                      1. re: Lambowner

                                                                                                        I love Chicago style, but when I tried the Savage pizza at Conan's, it was truly nasty. The crust tasted like dish soap.

                                                                                                        1. re: alloy1028

                                                                                                          Well it has been since sometime in the 80's since I've been there! Ha!

                                                                                                          1. re: alloy1028

                                                                                                            Maybe it's a taste that grows on you. I still love Conan's on 29th and have since the 80s -- deepdish mushroom and pepperoni on whole wheat. It's not like any others in town. For some reason, it doesn't hold up to delivery.

                                                                                                            1. re: alloy1028

                                                                                                              You have some very interesting soap. Although I can't imagine showing up to work in the morning smelling like Conan's unique tomato sauce, bread, and cheese. Or maybe you didn't rinse your hand so well after washing?

                                                                                                              I've traveled around the world, lived off pizza in Boston and New York. Eaten the stuff all over southern Europe. And Conan's thick-crust Savage on whole wheat is one of the top three ever. The flavors are all very strong, but they blend strangely well in that one.

                                                                                                              Yeah, the anchovies can be over-powering. So most of my friends hold that. But the jalapenos totally work.

                                                                                                          2. There is a new kid in town and its called make your own damn pizza! Randall's now sells a ball of dough that you merely let sit outside the refridge for 30 minutes then roll it out, put on a modest amount of your favorite pizza sauce (I bought the Randall's store brand yesterday and it was supurb) slices of fresh Mozarella cheese, some basil and bake as instructed and you have one of the best pies you are likely to find in Austin. How often to you eat pizza and then smile for the rest of the night cause it was so good? Not often right? Well try the plain pizza dough or even the whole wheat ball of dough and you'll smile all night long! It really is some good stuff, very easy to make and delicious. One ball of dough makes a pizza large enough to feed two moderately hungry people. Try it out, your tummy will be happy.

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                                                                                                            1. re: gntlmn6464

                                                                                                              I went to randalls (in round rock) to try this and couldnt find it. What area is it in?
                                                                                                              I assumed it would be in either the refrigerated section, but I didnt have any luck. I asked a kid that was stocking shelves and he didnt know either.

                                                                                                            2. I see references to "House Pizzeria" - one Red House Pizzeria on Manor and another to House Pizzeria on Airport. are these one and the same and folks are confused about address? or are these two distinctly different restaurants?

                                                                                                              Never mind, I see that there is a "House Pizzeria" at 5111 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751, distinct from Red House Pizza on Manor rd.

                                                                                                              Red House
                                                                                                              1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

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                                                                                                              1. re: fraserkr

                                                                                                                Yes, Fraserkr, you're right - they are different. I can't speak to Red House Pizza on Manor, but House Pizzeria on Airport is spectacular - tender flaky crusts, unique and seasonal ingredients. The rosemary potato pizza is one of my favorites anywhere in town. Good beers on tap, too.

                                                                                                                Red House
                                                                                                                1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

                                                                                                                1. re: heyzeus212

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the recommendation. Rosemary potato pizza sounds intriguing to me, but my DSO wouldn't consider it.

                                                                                                              2. Does any place in town have baked potato pizza? We have it every year when we go to Cleveland to visit friends. It has baked potato slices, bacon, chives, and cheddar cheese on it with some sour cream on the side for dipping. It's really fantastic.

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                                                                                                                1. For all you northeastern US transplants living in NW Austin, THIS is the real deal. Read about them in the community mag and pulled up their website. Very promising to spouse and I (both of us from prime pizza country) as meatball is a topping. Even better were the mentions of Stromboli and Philly Cheesesteak pizza, which are staples in the greater NY/NJ/PA area.

                                                                                                                  We walk in to the restaurant, which is a former Cici's location, and still looks like one on the inside. That is where the similarity ended. Glass partitions and a large counter show pies that can be picked up by the slice. On a Monday night, there was only cheese and a veggie mess pre-made. Husband and I sit down. I order a slice of the cheese and some pepperoni added as well as chicken piccata. Spouse orders a meatball calzone (not officially on the menu, but it's always a plus when the chefs will make it how you want it). Our waitress was dressed as a typical busser for a NE pizza place. She was friendly and efficient. Pepsi products only and currently BYOB.
                                                                                                                  The food arrives. Chicken is cooked perfectly, pasta al dente as preffered for piccata, and loaded with capers (YUM!). Will be ordering this again. The slice was the perfect reheat - just a slight char on the crust and just a touch crunchy with the familiar slight nose droop. Flavor took me back to childhood and the family Friday pizza nights - just the right amount of grease, with a slight tomato tang. Spouse bit into his calzone (which was a true one - enormous and full of mozzarella and meatballs). He is as much a pizza snob as I am and was trying to finish the calzone - not because he was still hungry, but he couldn't make himself stop eating because it was perfect. He was also thrilled with his slice of cheese pie. There was definitely a brisk take-out business, but almost no one in the dining area. No TVs so the only noise is other diners and the kitchen. Talked to one of the owners after we ate and also found out they do offer Sicilian pies as an off-menu specialty, which I have yet to find as a good option in Texas as the dough is always overcooked.

                                                                                                                  Prices are exceptionally reasonable. 14" cheese pie is $7.99. 16" cheese pie is $9.99. Toppings are tiered into two levels - normal toppings are $1 to $1.50, or $1.50 to $2. They also have a great meal deal - 2 slices and a drink for $5.95. I don't believe there was anything on the menu over $15. They currently have a "grand opening special" - a one topping 16" pie for $9.99.

                                                                                                                  The owner said they have a pretty brisk lunch crowd already. With the prices and quality of food, that is no surprise. These former Yankees are hoping this places lasts too.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Lambowner

                                                                                                                      She's talking about Prima Pizza Pasta. We've already been a couple times and it is pretty good.

                                                                                                                      1. re: stephanieh

                                                                                                                        Thanks Stephanie! D'oh. Didn't mean to leave out the name.

                                                                                                                        1. re: careyana

                                                                                                                          I definitely want to try that place, everything on the menu looks so yummy (and I don't usually even like Italian)! Hopefully I'll make it there for lunch.

                                                                                                                          1. re: danny_w

                                                                                                                            I ate there at lunch and had the 2 slices plus drink special ($5.95). I had the Butcher's and the Cheese. The Butcher's was one of the bet (if not the best) pizza I have ever had, and the cheese was also quite good. The crust was what really made both slices stand out for me. I'll definitely be back.

                                                                                                                            1. re: danny_w

                                                                                                                              is that the one with all the meat on it?
                                                                                                                              if so, i saw it last night and it looked hearty.

                                                                                                                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                                Yes it had several kinds of meat and was really quite good. I was looking just for sausage but they didn't have any.

                                                                                                                    2. re: careyana

                                                                                                                      i *tried* to eat their pizza tonight.

                                                                                                                      i stopped by about 15 minutes after reading this, around 7.
                                                                                                                      there were 2 2-tops.
                                                                                                                      there were also some people standing waiting for their take out orders.
                                                                                                                      the guy was running around, obviously busy making said take out orders.

                                                                                                                      after waiting more than 10 minutes to place an order, i left.
                                                                                                                      next time, i will call it in for pick-up, or just dine in.
                                                                                                                      they were a bit too disorganized to make tonight happen.

                                                                                                                      on a brighter note, the slices sitting out looked promising, even in their cold state.

                                                                                                                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                        It did seem a bit disorganized, and we did dine-in that night. The owner said they are still trying to ramp things up, as this is a new style for them. Let me know how their pickup pizza works. That part seemed efficient while we were there.

                                                                                                                        I'll be ordering their Sicilian sometime in the next week. I sure hope it's better than the tough bread with sauce that Saccone's peddles. If it's good, I may set up a tent in the parking lot and never leave.

                                                                                                                        1. re: careyana

                                                                                                                          i didn't see any when i was there, but i would love to try that, too.
                                                                                                                          i miss umberto's in boston's north end. 85 cents! hard to beat that...

                                                                                                                      2. re: careyana

                                                                                                                        Went by for some pickup food tonight. Spouse ordered the chicken parm sandwich, another meatball calzone, and I ordered a stromboli and the caprese. They all lasted through the car ride home. Calzone was just as enormous as last time, and that stromboli was spectacular.

                                                                                                                        The other owner was making the orders last night. I swear he could be the same guy that used to work in our neighborhood pizza joint.

                                                                                                                      3. @ StephanieH Saccone's makes Sicilian Pies though it isn't listed on the menu. They also recently changed the brand of flour and it cooks up a bit crispier yet more tender. Order the "sweet sauce" for the signature yankee taste.

                                                                                                                        1. There's a food truck on the East side called Via 313, that might have mentioned here but I can tell you the pizza is good. It's not big enough to feed a family but two people can have a really nice pizza with excellent crust and flavorful bottom. I think that's crucial.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Rptrane

                                                                                                                            Second to Via 313. There is a thread somewhere around here on Detroit style pizza, with a lot of detail on the place.

                                                                                                                          2. I've been here 2+ years after living my entire life in NJ and Philly. I love good pizza; perhaps more than any other food. So here's my take at this point:

                                                                                                                            Home Slice: Seems to be the crowd favorite (the lines can be long). It's not bad pizza. For the northeast crowd, some might even find it average. The crust is crispy, but they cheat with liberal amounts of cornstarch to crisp up the texture. The toppings are solid, and worthy of a good pizza place. The cheese is weak, and lacks any real body. I'd disparage it and call it part-skim, but even part-skim can be good. It's one of the better slices in Austin but the cheese is a miss and the sauce is not offensive, but not memorable.

                                                                                                                            Saccones: They nailed the cheese and toppings, and the sauce is good. It all tasted right. But that damned rotary glass door oven has to be blamed for the totally lackluster crust. This place has the vibe of a real pizza joint, and the pizza is solid. They even have pork roll sandwiches for the true Jersey crowd! But, in the end it's just better than most in Austin, but not quite at the level of real Jersey pies.

                                                                                                                            Little Deli: Man, the delta on this place is massive. Truth is, their whole pies are good by Austin standards, but not great. But sometimes if you order by the slice, it all comes together pretty well (the crisp factor meets the taste factor). At their best the Little Deli might be the best slice in Austin. At their worst, they're better than average in Austin, but that's not saying much. Regardless, I will be back and they remain on this pizza snob's radar.

                                                                                                                            Niki's: This place flies under the radar. They serve a proper slice, in a proper atmosphere, and offer sandwich options like a chicken or meatball parm, or a calzone, just like a pizza parlor back east. The slices aren't great, but unlike the other places here in Austin, the crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings, are all better than average (I find other pizza parlors to be good at one element, and bad at the others). I brought my Long Island native co-worker there and he agreed; it's pretty good pizza! Their sauce might be the best in town. It's the right balance of sweet and savory.

                                                                                                                            As for other pies I can recall:

                                                                                                                            Salvation: Not bad, and worth a visit.
                                                                                                                            Hoboken: Dirty oven that leaves a crust of black char (two visits). There is potential there, but they find ways to just miss.
                                                                                                                            East Side: Cracker thin crust with a cracker texture. I can see why some like it, but it misses the mark for me. I'll eat it again, but it will never be #1.
                                                                                                                            Austin's Pizza: Bad
                                                                                                                            Gattis: Bad, but better than Dominoes or Papa John if you're in a delivery pinch.
                                                                                                                            Conans: Edible, forgettable.
                                                                                                                            Double Dave: If double dave has twice as much dave as single dave, go with single dave.
                                                                                                                            Roppolo's: It looks so inedible I've never actually eaten it.
                                                                                                                            Brick Oven: I can't remember a thing about it other than I don't want to eat it again.
                                                                                                                            Mangia: A frozen pizza from H-E-B would be much better. MUCH better.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: JBullets

                                                                                                                              Very nice report. Would like to hear your reviews of House Pizzeria and Backspace as well.

                                                                                                                              I agree on Saccones. It's my go to mainly due to the proximity to my house. It's so close to being great but the crust just doesn't hold up.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ssouth

                                                                                                                                Thanks for the tips on House and Backspace. I haven't been to either, but both websites (especially Backspace) have my interest.

                                                                                                                                I met a guy from Delaware recently who recommended Craig O's. I ordered it today and was disappointed only because it was so undercooked. The cheese was actually really good, and the flavor was good as well, but it was just barely halfway done from my perspective. It seemed as it if was pulled from the oven at the first possible moment that one could consider it "done". I will try it again and order it well done because it still has potential.

                                                                                                                              2. re: JBullets

                                                                                                                                I'd like to hear your take on Tony C's. I went once, over 2 years ago and really liked it.
                                                                                                                                One more question, Jbullets, what is your take on John's Pizzeria on Bleecker in NY, as a point of reference?
                                                                                                                                I went, thought it was great, but not leagues better than Homeslice, which is my favorite in Austin.

                                                                                                                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                  Tony C's is our go to place for pizza. Being from Philly and living in Drippin' now, Tony C's is by far the best pie without going into town... They built a coal fired oven which produces a really good crust. Their " Mama Mia " pie is our favorite.

                                                                                                                                2. re: JBullets

                                                                                                                                  Would also be interested in your thoughts re: Giovanni's. My personal favorite is Bola, but you can only get it at the farmer's market (unless you're okay with settling for a frozen one).

                                                                                                                                3. I'm shocked that nobody has mentioned Spartan! Spartan is a food truck on 6th and Waller, and they have the best pizza I've had anywhere in Austin. I've tried several of their pizzas, but I made the mistake of ordering the Medusa first, because now none of the rest seem as good as they are by comparison. So the Medusa is definitely my favorite. It has a roasted garlic-balsamic base and it's topped with blue cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions. It's really, really good.

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                                                                                                                                  1. The best pizza that I have had in austin is nice old fashion, sixth street Rapoolo (don't quote me on that spelling).

                                                                                                                                    1. After 30 years of this same tired line I am truly t sick of hearing this. I spent 5 years living in New Jersey and I could not stand any of the blandish food. Any flavor is derived from marshmallows or mayo

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: seafous

                                                                                                                                        The entire northeast thinks paprika is spicy. Just my observation.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Lambowner

                                                                                                                                          You're actually spot on. The northeast has no concept of what a Texan would consider "spice". That said, having lived substantial portions of my life in both parts of the Country, there is a completely divergent point of view regarding each palate. In this instance I - a resident Texan - will defend the north-eastern point of view. In the NE they do not require heat in everything they eat. Pizza is no exception. Many of the sauces are more sweet than they are hot, and when it comes to pizza in TX that is one of the most consistently missed elements; the sauce sucks. Niki's is the closest I have found here.

                                                                                                                                      2. River Hills Pizza on 2244 past 360. Next to the Shell gas station.