John Anderson

Best Italian Renaissance

Austin's Pizza and Gelato Explosion

There was a time in this town when a true New York Italian pizza was hard to come by, and even a decent pizza could require a trek across town, as there are so few center-city restaurants devoted to the art of the pie. You wouldn't know it now. With Home Slice, Southside Flying Pizza, Salvation Pizza, East Side Pies, Mandola's, and Mangieri's filling out the map over the past year, just choosing one place to get your fix is an exercise in denial. And somehow (perhaps the 2010 census will shed some light on this?) we've had a similar influx of other Italian specialty stores. With Mandola's Market at the Triangle and enough gelato joints to put the bubble-tea craze to shame (the most recent additions being Mandola's, Paciugo, and the new Gelato's location on the drag) we are sensing a conspiracy bigger than DaVinci. And we like it. Benvenuto, Italianos!

Home Slice Pizza
1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437

Southside Flying Pizza
2206 S. Congress, 512/442-4246

East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave., 512/524-0933

Mandola's Italian Kitchen
4700 W. Guadalupe #12, 512/419-9700

Mangieri's Pizza Cafe
5900 W. Slaughter #460, 512/301-0063

Salvation Pizza
624 W. 34th, 512/535-0076

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