Reale's Pizza & Cafe
13450 Hwy. 183 N., Austin, 78717, 512/335-5115
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11am-9:30pm; Fri., 11am-10pm; Sat., noon-10pm
The drive up Research may be tedious, but Reale's is much closer than the East Coast pizzerias that it accurately approximates.
This pizza has some crispness and a little char on the bottom from the oven, but the slices are still flexible with some chewiness. The menu is small: a few signature pizzas such as a Margherita, a Hot Honey, and one with kale, plus weekly specials.
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