Over the last few months, we’ve all spent a lot of time at home. And we’re not sure about you, but our PPD (Pizzas Per Day) intake has gone up nearly 85%. We even tried that frozen cauliflower crust pizza that we panic bought back in April. Fortunately, there are so many styles of pizza that we could order from a different spot every day and never really feel like we’re eating the same meal twice. We even wrote a guide with some great spots to get pizza for takeout and delivery. And now, there are even more spots in Austin to get a great pie. Here are five new ones we think you should try.
Mark your calendars: Tuesday night is pizza night at Swedish Hill, the all-day cafe in Clarksville. The pizza is exceptional. Cooked in a brick oven, it’s a hybrid of Neapolitan and New York pizza styles, with a blistered and bubbly crust. You should most definitely get the pepperoni pie, but there’s also a white pie with anchovy and broccolini, as well as a hot honey pie cheekily named “Roberta’s.” And while you can get vegetable sides from Swedish Hill’s regular menu, do yourself a favor and get the pizza day-only Italian salad, a sort of riff on a pizzeria salad, with greens, red bell peppers, pepperoni, provolone, and salami. Tuesday is now your favorite day of the week - well, at least top three.
Phantasma - a cloud kitchen concept out of South Austin with exclusively takeout and delivery options - sets itself apart from the local pizza scene by focusing on thin crust Roman-style pizza, a style that we haven’t seen much of in Austin. The pies here - baked in a 900° oven with 72 hour-fermented dough - pair a crispy crust with a firm, but chewy base for the toppings that range from the classic margherita to one with potatoes and pancetta. And if you can handle a little heat, our favorite was the Incarnate - topped with San Marzano tomato, house-made mozzarella, capocollo, hot coppa, spicy sopressata, and peperoncino. Despite not having a physical storefront, they do have an adjoining patio if you’re worried about the pizza surviving the car ride home.
Dough Boys is the new truck in Arbor Food Park in East Austin making wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. The pizza dough is hearty - unlike anything else in town. It’s made with a locally-sourced flour from Barton Springs Mill, and it’s fermented for 36 hours for a chewy, puffy, and tangy crust. The short menu of 12-inch pizzas includes the Green-Go, with garlic cream, smoked mozzarella, spicy pork sausage, a “secret” green sauce. We think about this pizza a lot.
Paffuto Pizza somehow manages to fit a full-sized, wood-burning 900°+ brick oven into a small food trailer at the East Side Food Park on Cesar Chavez. The specialty here is Neapolitan pizza, with toppings ranging from pepperoni, mushroom, and pesto, to goat cheese and pear. All the pies come out around a standard 12” Neapolitan, though we found the crust was just a little bit thicker and firmer than the very soft-centered Neapolitan pies we’re used to. They even have a pizza topped with a pesto swirl, which tasted as fun (and as good) as it sounds.
Assembly Kitchen is a new delivery and mealkit concept started by the folks at Comedor. And while these take-home kits may have started off by featuring some of Comedor’s signature dishes, they’ve since expanded to include a number of other additional options, from cocktails to pizza. Currently, there are five pizza options available, including a couple collabs, like their Uncle Nicky’s Meatball Pizza. All of the ingredients come pre-cut and seasoned, and just need some assembly and heat to finish off. Unless you have a pizza oven at home, these kits might not quite live up to your local Neapolitan pizzeria, but they’re fun and tasty enough for a great date night activity or solo adventure. And while you can’t toss the dough in the air for the full experience (the crust comes par-baked), you can throw in one of their custom baking steels with your order if you want to really feel like a pizzaiolo.