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Best ny/nj pizza in austin

In town for only a couple of days. Back when, I used to stop by saccone's on 183. Tried home slice on a friends suggestion and was underwhelmed. Suggestions on where to get a slice of east coast. Same question for bagels. Thx all!

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  1. Saccone's can be found at Anderson Mill and RR 620.

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    1. re: Rene

      I'm with Rene on this one; IMHO, Dan Saccone is hands-down "The Pizza Elvis" of Austin.

      Try his wonderful Neopolitan Style Pizza with "Sweet Sauce" and incidentally; Saccone's offers the only genuine Sicilian Pizza that I have found in town. Saccone's Italiano Sub on Amoroso's bread from Philly features Proscuitto, Sopressata, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil ... it's to die for.

      Home Slice is my #2; I just love thier Antipasto Chef's Salad and the Eggplant & Ricotta Pizza.

    2. Try Wholy Bagel on S. William Cannon just off Mopac. The best around! My NY native friends who visited recently gave them 2 thumbs up & said yes, they are authentic NY style bagels.

      1. Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria on Parmer @ Avery Ranch (on Parmer north of 620) might fit the bill.

        Brooklyn Heights
        14900 Avery Ranch Blvd Ste C700, Austin, TX 78717

        1. hot slice on guadalupe is where the actual new yorkers go.

          1. OK, made two mistakes on this trip.... Saccone's and Brooklyn Heights... Had a sinking feeling when I saw my uncooked pizza enter a rotating conveyer belt oven at Saccone's... Ouch,, and since they didn't have anything smaller than an 18"..... need I say more... Brooklyn Heights is a "gormet" pizza joint with the owner and chef graduates of a formal cooking school... this is not a NY/NJ pie.... Will try Tony C's (on recommendation of the owner of Wholly Bagel) on my next visit and Hot Slice... Speaking of Wholly Bagel,, the owner grew up in the county next to mine as a kid (passaic co)... His Black and Whites are flown in (the bronx--they actually arrived while i was sitting there) as are the crumb cakes and are the real deal delicious. The Taylor Ham bagel sandwich was way lite on the serving of meat... Bought a "texans" dozen to take back with to Houston.

            Brooklyn Heights
            14900 Avery Ranch Blvd Ste C700, Austin, TX 78717

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            1. re: bornie

              Please be aware that Tony C's just lost their chef. Downhill slide begins apace. Nikki's in Dobie Mall has the closest slice to what you're looking for.


              Dobie Mall
              , Austin, TX 78701

              1. re: scrumptiouschef


                Tony C's was by far the best pizza in Austin.

                Where do you get this info?

                1. re: tom in austin

                  Hi Tom,

                  We are still the best in Austin - NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

                  Come see us soon.

                  Cliff Abrahams
                  Tony C's Coal Fired Pizza

                  1. re: shoemaker666

                    I've been since that post, and Tony C's has remained strong.

                    As of my last visit, Tony C's was still my favorite pizza in Austin. Pardon the weird, way-out location.

                    And while it doesn't matter to me -- I really just care about the food, I should mention: the front of the house tries harder. Great service, friendly staff.

                2. re: scrumptiouschef

                  Hello - My name is Cliff Abrahams and I have been the Executive Chef of Tony C's since prior to the opening until today! I am a New Yorker who was recruited for this position as I had owned and operated a very successful pizza restaurant in Colorado for 5 years. We did lose a kitchen manager in January and that may be what you are referring to. I can assure you that not only is Tony C's as good as it has ever been it is even better! We are a stronger team and are putting out a very consistent product. We have even recruited a new AGM/KM that started in June that has enormous pizza experience and has worked with me as a sous chef and km for 10+ years. We are the strongest we have ever been in terms of food and service. We are currently seeking a 2nd location in the Austin market. So keep an eye out for it and please, come on down to anytime to have some of the most authentic NYC pizza you could possibly have in the great state of Texas. Also, we just started a JAZZ Brunch with awesome breakfast pizzas, classic breakfasts, bottomless mimosas,a TITOS build your own bloody bar and live jazz from THE NINES. It's a great time for all ages.

                  1. re: shoemaker666

                    Cliff, pleeeeease come to Cedar Park. We need something decent out here

                    1. re: shoemaker666

                      We can vouch for the brunch - really good breakfast pizzas!

                    2. re: scrumptiouschef

                      I just noticed a Niki's pizza on 620, west of I35 (there's a Hao Hao and a Hoodie's subs in the same strip).

                      Is that Niki's related to the one in Dobie?

                      Hao Hao
                      1205 Round Rock Ave Ste 135, Round Rock, TX 78681

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        Niki's also opening in Cedar Park, where Der Weinerschnitzel used to be on 183

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          Hmm, I guess Niki's took over the Saccone's Round Rock location (that was Conan's before that)?

                          1. re: ampeg66

                            I can't remember what kind of oven Saccones had at this location (front loading, rotating, etc.). I will try them within the next several days...maybe today.

                            1. re: rudeboy

                              Update - went today, but they don't open until tomorrow. I walked in and confirmed that they have a rotating type oven (not a conveyor belt). The lady told me that it was the same type of oven as they have at Dobie Mall. I'll report as soon as I go.

                              Dobie Mall
                              , Austin, TX 78701

                              1. re: rudeboy

                                We went for lunch yesterday. Business was slow, as it was their first day. Nicki himself was there, smiling and welcoming. They had a cheeseboard outside that offered an extra large 3 topping for $9.99. They also had about 8 pizzas out for the two slice plus drink lunch special ($5.50).

                                I felt bad, but I had to order a 3 topping pie made fresh. Nicki didn't bat an eye and made it for us (I was hoping for more customers to eat up the perfectly good pies that were already out, but only one couple came in the whole time we were there).

                                Anyhow, he made my pizza to order 1/2 and 1/2, extra crispy. THe dough had a nice chew and a bit of a yeasty flavor, he used purple onions and gave us quite a bit of them (generally, it doesn't look like he cuts back on ingredients when you have three), and the sauce had a nice bite. All three of us thought that it was "good." Not great, but a lot better than Saccone's was at the same location.

                      2. re: bornie

                        Saccone's has consistently underwhelmed me lately. They used to be a decent NJ-style pizza place once upon a time, but, judging from my more recent experience, it isn't anymore.

                      3. I'm no expert on NY pizza, but of the three NY/NJ places surrounding me in NW Austin/Cedar Park, I prefer Yaghi's over Saccone's and Reale's. Saccone's just hasn't been good lately and Reale's is always inconsistent--sometimes they give me an undercooked pie. Yaghi's just seems to always get the crust right...nice and crunchy on the outer portion and chewy and floppy on the inside.

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                        1. re: verily

                          Yaghi's & AJ's are consistantly disappointingly dry and tasteless. Nikki's in Cedar Park needs to get a grip; when you sell slices they MUST be from at least from a 16" or preferrable a larger pie. A total gyp; most disappointing. Reale's was much better a few years ago and was once among my top three. Saccone's and Home Slice are my "Yankee Go To" Pizzas ... head and shoulders above everyone else I've tried in Austin. I haven't tried Tony C's but after some of the kudos and the blurb from thier chef that I've read here I plan to do so soon; I just hope he doesn't "Foo-Foo" his pies too much ... I hate "California Pizza Kitchen" and it's ilk.

                        2. Nikki's Pizza in Dobie Mall and Slices and Ices at Guadalupe and Dean Keeton are my two favorites.

                          Dobie Mall
                          , Austin, TX 78701

                          1. Hoboken Pie on Red River & 8th Street is a reliable flat, greasy slice. That's my go-to now for a NY/NJ style pizza. Also, it's been a while, but Hog Island Deli over in their warehouse location sells pizza and it also fits into that category. Haven't stopped there in a while though. Both those places are only open at night.

                            Hoboken Pie
                            718 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

                            Hog Island Deli
                            407 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

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                            1. re: Allison L.

                              No more pizza for Hog Island, btw. Their location at 4th and Lavaca is long gone. I should get out more. Still, give Hoboken a try.

                            2. Nikki's and Slices and Ices are good for when you want Times Square style NY street pizza, but if you're looking for more inner-Brooklyn, old fashioned flavor I would head to House Pizza on Airport. It has the char, dough bubbles on the top of the crust, oil sheen, super thin crust-- everything. I'd go for the pepperoni pie instead of the fancy stuff.

                              1. Brooklyn Pie Company in Round Rock is the closest I know, but they are very greasy. Huge slices, great ingredients, can get it by the slice, nice crispy thin crust.

                                Brooklyn Pie Company
                                8127 Mesa Dr Ste B202, Austin, TX 78759

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                                1. re: hnewburn

                                  Home Slice Pizza on S.Congress or Tony C's at the Hill Country
                                  Galleria would be good choices. Both offer thin crust fresh high quality pizza.

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

                                2. What? No love here for Eastside Pies? Their pizzas are amazing, and you must try their homemade sausage.

                                  I'm also loving Hoboken Pizza. They deliver to Travis Heights, so we've been hitting them up. Sausage and Roasted Garlic please.

                                  Eastside Pies
                                  1401 Rosewood Ave Ste B, Austin, TX 78702

                                  1. Hot Slices on the Drag makes the only thing in town that reminds me of the pizza on Queens Blvd. Homeslice ain't bad either.

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                                    1. re: ieathereforeiam

                                      I haven't been to House Pizza in a while - how are they doing?

                                        1. re: cstrombe

                                          So i joined Chowhoud to reply to this.

                                          I first heard about margherita pizza when the jvpizza recipe got popular on the internet. I tried to make it and got... kindof close... I bought buffalo mozzarella, the right tomatoes, I bought the yeast mail order and made terrible messes growing it in my kitchen.

                                          But it was a hassle, and so I gave up. Every time I see Margherita pizza on the menu somewhere, I ask about it. I got so sick of getting a cheese pizza with basil and sliced tomatoes.

                                          I found this thread and found House Pizzeria was only about 2 miles from my house, so I tried it out on tuesday.

                                          I can't say I've ever tried a real margherita pizza, but it was fantastic. The dough was bubbly and charred, they have buffalo mozzarella, the sauce was crushed tomato, not marinara. I'm going back tonight for a pizza I don't have to share with a date ;)

                                          That said, it's a simple little place. Oh, and they serve pitchers of beer ;)

                                          1. re: ImAFriendlyGuy

                                            Hey - welcome to the board. Thanks for the info on House Pizza. I'm glad to see someone who appreciates that place (shame on me for not going more often). FYI - they are also a "zero waste" restaurant, purportedly. Just one more reason to frequent that place.

                                            1. re: ImAFriendlyGuy

                                              I'm new to the Austin area but one of my favorite closeby places is House Pizzeria. We've had the margherita and a couple of their specialty pizzas and all the ingredients have been fantastic (fresh).

                                              Also Little Deli & Pizzeria in Crestview serves up a nice floppy, NY style pizza. I think the owner is from New Jersey. Killer pastrami sandwich, too.

                                              Little Deli
                                              7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                              1. re: donnaaries

                                                I LOVE House Pizzeria! It's not NY Style that was specifically mentioned in this thread, but I absolutely love it. We need to get up there more often, but I live far enough south that it's not always an option. The potato/rosemary/goat cheese is one of my favorite pizzas in town. It's totally different than anything I've ever had.

                                                Also they had a special with asparagus one night that was amazing. Try it if you get the chance!

                                                1. re: foodiegal71

                                                  made it to hoboken pizza on red river and 7th while in from houston on business yesterday.. i think i've tried all the pizza restaurants suggested except Eastside.. that's coming probably next wk.. Reale's maybe serves up the tastiest so far,, thin crust, nice crunch to the crust,, sweet flavor to the sauce,, and buttery tasting mozzarella. When picked up, the slice is foldable.

                                      1. my favorite piizza is from the little deli,paisano on leander road and house pizza.i havent tried tony c's but i love ciolas.pizanos makes a real ny crispy style type i likeas does the little deli.

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                                        1. re: nytexan

                                          I had forgotten about Paisano's on Leander Road in Georgetown. Slightly bready for my taste but it was nevertheless delicious and generously topped with quality ingredients. It's owned by Sicilians and thier grandson who makes the pizzas is a very nice kid to boot. Brooklyn Pie in G'town had some nice huge tastey slices but doesn't seem the be open anymore. Carmine's who was on Williams Drive in the same strip center as Goodwill Industries was really good but was locked out for non-payment of lease just two weeks after I discovered it a few months ago ... Dag !!!

                                        2. anyone want to weigh in on nw austin delivery options?
                                          i would like some damn fine pizza, but will settle for really good.

                                          what i look for:
                                          crust is thinnish, has a nice char but good chew/bite.
                                          sauce tastes tomato-y, and is not too seasoned and/or complicated.
                                          cheese is high quality.

                                          i'm kind of a sucker for toppings outside of the pepperoni variety, but that's just because i really miss clam pizzas and other east coastisms that may make purists blanch.

                                          places i have tried:
                                          reale's (best of what i've had)
                                          rome's (it was just okay, and kind of pricey)
                                          various chains that shall go unmentioned.

                                          places i haven't tried yet:
                                          al forno (newish place next to woodrow's, seems pricey)

                                          can't tell if niki's at tech ridge delivers, but i read good things about the other locations.

                                          i wish there was a pizza take out taxi service, so i could get good delivered pizza despite my geographic constraints.

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                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                            Saccone's is my favorite that you mentioned.
                                            Niki's in Cedar Park is better than Tech Ridge. Niki himself has been at the new Cedar Park location, so that might have something to do with it.
                                            Yaghi's was a huge disappointment. I have to drive past Saccone's to get to it, and I can't think of a reason to ever do that again.
                                            Al Forno was good, not spectacular. You might enjoy all their topping choices there.
                                            Brooklyn's - not sure if you meant Brooklyn Pie (in Round Rock or on Mesa Drive) or Brooklyn Heights, which is on Avery Ranch road. I liked Brooklyn Pie, but it's a little out of the way for us. Brooklyn Heights is just ok.
                                            I'm with you on Rome's. I wanted to like them, but just didn't.
                                            We ate a Reale's a lot because they're close, but their crust is just too tough. We haven't been in awhile, but I do like the flavor of their sauce.
                                            I wracked my brain trying to think of one you might like that you didn't mention. Unfortunately, I have no secret hole in the wall to let you in on.

                                            Brooklyn Heights
                                            14900 Avery Ranch Blvd Ste C700, Austin, TX 78717

                                            1. re: stephanieh

                                              okay, i don't even know what brooklyn reference i am making.
                                              a co-worker who lives in RR told me "brooklyn" was good, so i guess it's brooklyn pie.
                                              but brooklyn heights is also nearby-ish so i will look into them too.

                                              i should look and see if niki's cedar park delivers because it's probably the same distance as tech ridge, depending.

                                              rome's really annoyed me. they charged me a lot more than what was on the menu they had left on my door that day, and gave me major attitude when i spoke up.
                                              we also had a groupon so at least it wasn't a total wash.

                                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                I'm guessing they did mean Brooklyn Pie. I don't hear much talk about Brooklyn Heights.

                                                How far are you from Little Deli? Their pizza best fits your description of how you like yours. I live right by Reale's and can get to Little Deli in about 15 minutes. It's worth the drive.

                                                I picked up Reale's pizza tonight because hubby is sick and didn't want to get out. I could barely find any sauce on it, the garlic was burned to bitter and the crust was thicker than I remembered and bland. I felt like they've gone downhill since I had it last.

                                                I forgot to mention how cheap Niki's in Cedar Park is. I think it's $9.99 for a large three-topping. Sometimes a bargain tastes pretty good.

                                                Little Deli
                                                7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                                Brooklyn Heights
                                                14900 Avery Ranch Blvd Ste C700, Austin, TX 78717

                                                1. re: stephanieh

                                                  thanks for the ideas.
                                                  unfortunately, i don't see that little deli delivers, which is what i need.
                                                  but even if they did, i am probably out of range, being at parmer/riata.

                                                  that bums me out about reale's, because that is my usual (albeit not in a while) go-to place.
                                                  maybe i will take a chance with brooklyn pie.

                                                  i have something coming up where i need to place a large order, so if the pizza sucks i will be peeved for spending so much on crappy food!

                                                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                    So, logistically speaking, for your location, Al Forno is the best choice because they could get it there fresher. From my recollection, they didn't have any charring on the crust, but did get nice bubbles in the crust edges. We ordered the "Bleaker Street" (italian sausage, pepperoni, genoa salami and garlic) I didn't care for their sausage (I may be turning into a sausage snob), but I did like the flavor the genoa salami added. Plus, they have lots of fun topping choices.

                                                    You could go in and try it by the slice before you place your order. The guys that run it are super nice.

                                                    Maybe Reale's was just off the other night. I don't want them to go downhill, either.

                                                    You could call one of your favorite places and see if they'll deliver outside of their normal area for a large order.

                                                    Here's a picture of the Bleaker Street from Al Forno. If you get the Northwest Austin Community Impact newsletter, check it for coupons for Al Forno.

                                                    1. re: stephanieh

                                                      thanks for the details, stephanie.
                                                      they are pretty much down the street.
                                                      and that is one seriously meaty pizza!

                                                      1. re: stephanieh

                                                        I did Al Forno for lunch. I wanted to just try the cheese slice and salad and a drink... I came out of the deal a little over $8 lighter, but with a good serving of pizza and salad.

                                                        Pros: Servings - a huge slice, slightly charred under crust. A nice variety of toppings on the salad, well composed with a good standard italian dressing.

                                                        Cons: this was, at least for today, a plasticware establishment - salad came in a tossable bowl, plastic forks and knives. Not what I'm looking for. As I ordered a by the slice, I got a premade, re-ovened slice. Maybe that was my problem but my crust was ok, nothing to rave over.

                                                        Will I do this again, maybe - Rome's up Parmer is walkable from my workplace and $1.50 cheaper. I'd like to try the calzone, but with a salad and drink, I think I'm looking at $12+ for lunch.

                                                        1. re: cpencis

                                                          when i went in there the other day, it was crammed with mcneil high students.
                                                          so afternoons = high school kids and evenings = woodrow's crowd.
                                                          that probably explains the plasticware.

                                                          the thing that really really irks me is that al forno's speciality pizza prices are more expensive than if you get a cheese pizza and add on those topping a la carte.
                                                          the differences range from 25-50 cents and i think even more than $1 for some.
                                                          that makes no sense whatsoever!

                                                          i'm ordering a bunch of pies on friday for work so my only two non-chain delivery options are al forno and rome's.
                                                          that makes me sad; i like options.

                                                          rome's is not that bad and they have interesting toppings so i'm going with the devil i know.

                                              2. re: dinaofdoom

                                                Reale's is good when they cook the crust long enough. Most of the time though it seems like they rush it out of the oven.

                                                Saccone's has failed to impress me over the last few visits. It's a bland tasting pizza.

                                                I like Yaghi's, but they have good days and bad days. Last pizza I enjoyed, but the one before that was too chewy and overcooked.

                                                Rome's... I'll never order a pizza or meatball sub from them again...pizza was mediocre and the sub was overly salty (and the meatballs were strange). However, their lunch specials aren't too shabby...I like the stromboli special with a salad.

                                                There's also Domenick's on Cypress Creek (behind the fire station and Smokey Mo's) in Cedar Park. I've seen good reviews, but I haven't had a chance to try them yet. (closed Sundays...when I usually order pizza).

                                                1. re: verily

                                                  I've been to Domenick's once. It's a little further for us. Domenick was really nice and we thought we'd probably go back, but had kind of forgotten about it. Anyway, style-wise, the pizza reminded us of Reale's on a good day. That may be because we ordered it with the same toppings we always order at Reale's. We're rather creatures of habit with our topping choices.

                                              3. I have never really been much of a pizza guy but I had a pie in NY over Thanksgiving (traditional thin curst sausage at John's Pizzeria) and really liked it much better than anything I have ever had before. Now that I am back home I am on sort of a pizza kick, and this thread caught my eye. Brooklyn Pie (the Mesa location) is close to work so I thought I would give it a try at lunch today. Will report back my findings.

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                                                1. re: danny_w

                                                  I went with a coworker at lunch, I had a slice of sausage pizza (really huge!) and he had the calzone special. For some reason the sausage seemed a little odd and was not my favorite, but the crust and cheese topping were both excellent. Perhaps I will try a different topping next time or get a whole pizza so that it is all cooked together (the slices start as cheese pizza with toppings added after-the-fact). My friend enjoyed his calzone. I will definitely be back but also want to try some of the other suggestions here, such as Little Deli (another coworker says it is his favorite but it really is a LITTLE deli!).

                                                  Little Deli
                                                  7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                                  1. re: danny_w

                                                    I've noticed something about sausage here in Austin... it varies wildly from one pizza place to another, and I don't think it's because anyone is making their own in-house. Not that it all has to be the same, it's just that you don't know what you're going to get when you order sausage. There was one place that had sausage that reminded me of a frozen Totino's pizza. Ugh.

                                                    And, yes, Little Deli is tiny. I don't remember if there are tables inside. There are a few patio tables outside. I've gotten carry out when I've had it. It's delicious!

                                                    Little Deli
                                                    7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

                                                    1. re: stephanieh

                                                      I just noticed thelunchdeal.com has Original Brooklyn Pie on Mesa Drive today, $10 gets you $20.

                                                      1. re: stephanieh

                                                        i wish it was for the RR location, darn.