Second Helpings: Local Pizza Chains

Chronicle writer Greg Beets surveys local pizza chains in this week's Second Helpings.

The weekly Chronicle feature "Second Helpings" offers readers the opportunity to sample tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were compiled by Chronicle writer Greg Beets. When you need quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here.

DoubleDave's

415 W. 24th, 472-DAVE

1926 E. Riverside, 448-DAVE

3000 Duval, 476-DAVE

13729 Research, 335-DAVE

3003 S. Lamar, 447-DAVE

11900 Metric, 719-DAVE

7010 W. Hwy. 71, 301-DAVE

920 Palm Valley Dr., Round Rock, 388-DAVE

Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am

Long a de rigueur destination for college dorm refugees on Sunday night, DoubleDave's serves up slightly better-than-average pizza and (more importantly) lots of it. However, the real palate-teaser at DoubleDave's is their exquisite Peproni Rolls. Make sure to get 'em while they're hot, and grab a bowl of ranch dressing from the otherwise unremarkable salad bar for good dipping. DoubleDave's buffet (Sun-Mon, 11am-10pm; Tue-Sat, 11am-2:30pm) is one of the better deals in town. They also have a renowned selection of beers from around the globe.

Mangia
Mangia (Photo By John Anderson)

Mangia

8012 Mesa Drive, 349-2126

3500 Guadalupe, 302-5200

2401 Lake Austin Blvd., 478-6600

Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10:30pm

Regardless of whether you're an aficionado of thin or stuffed crust, Mangia has your number. Their thin-crust pizza is perfectly light and crunchy, while the heartier stuffed-crust pizza is built like a topless pot pie. Mangia's garlic-happy sauce packs a robust punch, and their toppings include several less-than-obvious choices like feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. They also serve pasta, cheese-steaks, subs, burgers, and a weekday $5.50 lunch special that includes lasagna or a six-inch pizza of the day and small Caesar salad.

Conan's

603 W. 29th, 478-5712

2018 W. Stassney Ln., 441-6754

2438 W. Anderson Ln., 459-3221

Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am

The Drag just isn't the same anymore without Conan's. Student group meetings, grad-school seminars, and cheap dates were all enlivened by Conan's Chicago-style pizza along with obligatory pitchers of Shiner Bock. Fortunately, their deep-dish, whole-wheat crust and chunky sauce can still be found at three other locations. A meal-sized pan slice, salad, and soft drink (with free refills) costs $3.59. The $4.59 all-you-can-eat deal is also a valid option if your appetite is up to the task.

Cozzoli's

Highland Mall, 458-2167

Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

704 Congress, 480-8440

Sun-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-9pm

Northcross Mall, 459-4595

Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

Cozzoli's specializes in the East Coast-style of soft and gooey thin-crust pizza that tastes best when you're standing on a street corner. A bubble-crusted, one-topping slice of pepperoni will set you back about $2.50, but that and a small salad makes quite a hearty lunch. Cozzoli's also serves calzones, stromboli, pasta, and sub sandwiches.

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