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Apr 25, 2009 04:21 PM

House Pizzeria on Airport Blvd.

I just ate at the new pizza place on Airport Blvd. (near 52nd Street) called House Pizzeria. I can not believe how nice this place is -- screened in dining area (for those of us who'd rather be out than in), great beer and wine selection, and "gourmet" style pizza. This definitely rivals Salvation Pizza in terms of quality, but it is much less expensive. (And closer to my house, which is a bonus.)

I understand that their wood-fired pizza oven was imported from Italy -- it looks like they spared no expense with this place. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's lovely inside, and the food is very good.

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  1. We ate there yesterday. The potato and goat cheese pizza was delicious. The crust was perfectly cooked - crispy and slightly charred. We started with a spinach, shaved parmesan and crispy salami salad which was also delicious.

    The room was lovely, too, and I liked the jukebox and the local beers on tap - Full Moon Pale Rye, Fireman's 4, Live Oak Hefe, Live Oak Big Bark, and 512 Pale Ale. there was also a lambic and a New Belgium tap.

    We'll definitely be going back.

    1. We just got back from there for lunch. This place is the real deal. The wood-burning oven, jukebox full of gems (4 plays for $1) , nice selection of microbrews on tap, including Maine Root Beer on tap. We got a cheese pizza, and like the other poster mentioned, the crust was perfectly charred. The sauce is made from real tomatoes without sweeteners. The prices aren't bad either. Our 12" pizza was 8 bucks, and was enough for both of us.

      1. While I can not speak to the in-house dining experience, I can speak to the take-out experience and have to completely disagree with all of the previous replies.

        We ordered the Margarita and Pepperoni pizza for take-out last week and were very disappointed. The pizza was soggy and burnt. The margarita was close to in-edible, while the pepperoni on the pepperoni pizza was tasty but did not make-up for the greesy, soggy, burnt mess that composed the rest of the pizza.

        I have to admit that the pizza did remind me of the pizza I had in Italy, so in that case it does resemble Italian pizza. However, it reminded me more of the tourist-trapped pizza places that catered to ignorant tourists rather than the more authentic establishments.

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        1. re: batyaanna

          We tried four different pizzas for takeout two weeks ago and were impressed with them all. I wonder if something didn't go wrong with your order.

          1. re: ebloom

            We also had a pizza for takeout (Arugula and Garlic with mozzarella substituted for the fontina, which they were very nice about) last weekend. The pizza was very good, a bit heavy with the garlic but a nice crispy, charred crust and overall flavor.

            My impression with takeout is that they are still getting a rhythm together. We were told to come by in about 20 minutes; we picked our pizza up after about 25 minutes and it was clear when we got to the car and made a visual that she ought to have said 10 to 15 minutes. For a pizza of this type, that difference in my experience markedly changes the quality. Of course, there are plenty of ways for both parties to surmount this problem.

            As other posters have said, the spot and other offerings are great, and especially at this price point, we'll definitely be back.

          2. re: batyaanna

            Like which more authentic establishments? Which pizza place do you like?

          3. I tried the pizza tonight and it gets this Northeasterner's seal of approval. Nice charred and crispy crust with a good level of density in the crust ends, and even cheese coverage with cheese that kind of floats over the fresh tasting sauce. I don't know if Austin's pizza scene is coming into its own or if I am forgetting how awesome pizza back East really is, but I am suspecting it's the former. With Tony C's and House it's becoming a lot easier for me to be a happy pizza lover in Austin.

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            1. re: brattpowered

              I ate at this place last night as well, and I officially vouch for its deliciousness. This is one of those places where you order at the counter, and they bring you your food. The inside is filled with nice, big, comfy looking booths, and we were told that the front counter was a recycled school gym floor. Songs on the Jukebox are 4 for $1. Cool. Started with the mixed greens/balsamic/walnut/strawberry/goat cheese salad, which was fresh and scrumptious (not a wilted piece of lettuce to be seen). This was served with a somewhat forgettable garlic roll, but whatever, the salad was $5.75 and was much larger than I expected. Could definitely be a meal if you ate the bread with it. The place has a nice selection of beers on tap. Ordered a Live Oak Big Bark and a Mothership Wit. We were also asked if we wanted drinking water, and when replied "yes," we were given a glass bottle containing chilled, hand-filled (presumably filtered) water and two little glasses. Classy touch. Sat on the screened in patio which has a long booth on one side, lime green rubbery ikea chairs on the other, and I believe painted concrete floors (?). My arugula and garlic pizza came and was EXCELLENT. Crispy and charred on the bottom, a bit chewy, and as brattpowered said, a nice bit of dense crust build-up on the ends. The sauce is chunky, and slightly sweet (as in it probably contained some sundrieds) and the pizza had lots of nicely cooked chopped garlic which I absolutely loved. Arugula was fresh and thrown on right before the pie was brought to the table. Topped with lots of crushed red peppers, the pizza For reference, my go-to place is Salvation Pizza for a sit-down place, and Niki's and Slices n' Ices for simple slices. Anyway, I can't believe there's actually an awesome pizza place in my neighborhood!

              1. re: femmenikita

                Me too - femmenikita, we had that salad based on your review, along with the fennel sausage, red pepper, and goat cheese. It was very good. And I had the mothership. My Philly wife gave it the northeasterner's seal of approval.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Glad you guys liked the food; now let's all keep eating/beering there so they stay open! Although I dont think they will have any problems with that

            2. I have eaten there 2 times now.

              Once during the 'dress rehersal' and once this past weekend.

              First time we had the potato pizza and the pepperoni pizza
              Second time we had the margherita and arugula.

              All pizza's had consistently good crust, with good char and nice chewyness.
              The only one I would not order again is the pepperoni, probably due to the pepperoni not being that amazing. It wasn't a bad pizza, but just didn't work for me for some reason.

              The other three pizza's were fantastic. The inside is wonderful, the jukebox is cool and I am so glad they have decent damn beer. Pizza and a 512 ipa are wonderful.