Pie Fighers

Our suspicions were correct: Austin loves pizza! Thousands of votes were cast in the first round of Pie Fighters voting, and we’ve tallied the results to determine our city’s top 10 finalists. But your work here is not done, dear readers. The second and final round of voting to determine Austin’s most favorite pizza starts Thursday, July 2, and runs all the way to midnight July 6.

The world is absolutely bonkers right now, but that’s a great reason to kick back and relax after a long day of freedom fighting, and order some carryout or delivery. Take some time to eat through this list of experts; experiment with a new style of crust, maybe get a little wild with those toppings. After all, there’s no better time to support our local restaurants, and if there’s one dish that’s tailor-made for social distancing, it’s pizza.

Voting for Round 2 has ended. Come back July 2nd to find out who the finalists are, and to vote in Round 2!
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1519 E. Cesar Chavez+1 other, bufalinapizza.com
Pools of fresh mozzarella baked to a platonic ideal of gooeyness. Plushy crust with a pleasing chew. Blister spots from the blazing wood-fired brick oven. Who knew pizza could be so sexy? Anybody who's ever enjoyed Bufalina's Neapolitan-style pies, that's who.

Conans Pizza

2438 W. Anderson+1 other, conanspizza.com
By Crom! There's nothing barbaric about Austin's original Chicago-style pizzeria (apart from the loin-cloth-and-battle-axe Frank Frazetta decor), with five different bases, including two gluten-free options. How civilized! Sure, you can go thin crust, but the deep-dish Savage is the meal of true conquerors.

East Side Pies

1401 Rosewood Ave.+2 others, eastsidepies.com
ESP's impossibly thin crust is the ideal canvas for their palate of fresh, unique ingredients from local vendors. With seven sauces and more than 40 topping choices including sweet potato, organic eggs, and smoked salmon, there are endless combinations to satiate your wildest punk rock desires.

Home Slice Pizza

1415 S. Congress+2 others, homeslicepizza.com
Part of the quasi-famous South Congress strip that includes Allens Boots, Continental Club, and Lucy in Disguise, their walk-up window offers NYC pie by the slice – a key for any night out. The 2017 North Loop addition – with its full service, rolling hills playscape, and parking – cemented their local legendary status.

Little Deli & Pizzeria

For two decades and counting, this deli specializes in New Jersey pies (and some legit Northeastern sammies, too) baked on 2-inch stones. They don't kid around with toppings, including the bold move to include pineapple right alongside anchovies under "other."


166 Hargraves, Bldg. H, pieous.com
Known in some circles for their 20-day aged pastrami, intricate desserts, and sandwiches, this restaurant churns out naturally leavened crusts (certified by the Italian experts at Vera Pizza Napoletana) so bubbly, toppings so thoughtful, that devout worship is more than appropriate.

Pinthouse Pizza

They may specialize in award-winning craft beers (Electric Jellyfish, anyone?), but the robust red sauce and charred billows make crowd favorites of their pies like pepperoni and basil, and specialties like Banh Mi and Honey Pear. Pro tip: These folks make delightfully dippable pizza rolls.

Pizza Day

10225 Research Blvd. #110, pizzadaytx.com
Chef Reginaldo Bertosi has been kneading classic pizza dough for more than 25 years, but after winning awards for his pies in New York, he moved to Austin and went rogue, introducing his recipes for fusion pies like Corn Pesto, Spicy Paneer, and Butter Chicken. Not to cause alarm, but they have a standing deal for free dessert with a large pie.

Southside Flying Pizza

These guys are slinging that classic, cheesy, gooey, delicious kind of pizza that Kevin McCallister would scream for. But if you're into toppings, they've got plenty of options, plus daily and monthly specials. Pro tip: Ride your bicycle, score 10% off.

Via 313

1802 E. Sixth+4 others, via313.com
Rectangle pie with airy, spongy crust layered directly with cheese and toppings, while sauce stripes the top. The Austin-born company – stamping metro Detroit's area code into its name – boasts a H-E-A-V-E-N-L-Y outer edge on their pizzas, due to their deep metal cooking trays. The offerings include toppings both broad-chested (natural-casing pepperoni) and progressive (balsamic drizzles, arugula).

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