Non-Chain Pizza Restaurants in Austin

Pizza Pies that Are a Slice Above the Chains

Wood-fired pizza
••• Wood-fired pizza. Rogan Macdonald/Getty Images

 Let’s face it: Even bad pizza is still pretty good. But if you favor a particular style or just prefer the taste of a pizza fresh out of the oven, check out the following Austin pizza purveyors.

Via 313

Located in southwest Austin, Via 313 serves Detroit-style pizza. It’s a messy-looking style, roughly square-ish with sauce splattered on top, but you’ll forget about the appearance once you take a bite.

The crust is thick yet almost fluffy. Adventurous types rave about The Cadillac, which is topped with fig preserves, prosciutto, and a balsamic glaze. For more standard ingredients, try The Omnivore, with onion, mushroom, pepperoni, and sausage. Via 313 also operates wildly popular food trailers at The Violet Crown Social Club and Craft Pride. 6705 U.S. 290; (512) 584-8084

Little Deli & Pizzeria

If it’s New Jersey-style pizza you prefer, head to the Little Deli & Pizzeria. The pizzas here have thin, crispy crusts. Tired of tomato sauce? Try the White Pizza, with several kinds of cheese, artichokes, garlic and olive oil. Another crowd pleaser, the Bacon Blue features roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, and bacon. The sandwiches are also excellent. 7101-A Woodrow Avenue; (512) 467-7402

Home Slice Pizza

To continue our tour of major American pizza regions, Home Slice makes the best New York-style pizza in Austin.

At times, you may have to wait up to an hour at this buzzing South Congress joint, but the pizza is worth it. Besides, the people watching is always interesting on SoCo. The crusts are somewhat thick yet still crispy. The Margherita and eggplant parmesan pizzas are particularly stellar, but you can’t go wrong at Home Slice.

1415 South Congress; (512) 444-7437

Pieous

Serving wood-fired pizza pies, Pieous is best known for the Fat Queen pizza. It has a crispy crust and is jam-packed with pepperoni, sopressata, and sausage. Also notable is the Bacon Bleu, with gorgonzola, bacon, mozzarella and a pile of arugula on top. You probably won’t have room for dessert, but you can order a pizza-sized cookie to go. 12005 Highway 290 West, Dripping Springs; (512) 394-7041

Pinthouse Pizza

It’s hard to beat a pizza joint that also makes its own craft beer. Featuring ales, stouts and IPAs that have won regional and national awards, Pinthouse would still be a great bar even without the pizza. The thin-crust pepperoni and basil pizza is a must-have. If you like a spicy pie, try The Armadillo, which is topped with poblano peppers, ricotta, sausage, and cilantro. While your pizza is being prepared, you can play Pac-Man or one of the other classic arcade games scattered around the dining room. 4729 Burnet Road; (512) 436-9605