Window shopping Downtown or on South Congress usually ends with us trying to justify some new coat, gadget, or pair of shoes we impulsively purchased. Window shopping at Baldinucci in West Lake Hills usually ends with a passenger seat filled with eight different slices of pizza, each with a different set of toppings.
Located in a busy shopping center across from a Randalls, Baldinucci’s giant glass viewing area is full of whole pizzas and pre-cut slices that allow you to window shop before pointing at the piece (or eight) that you want. Baldinucci serves round New York-style pies, but we can’t get enough of the puffy Roman squares here—with an incredible crunch and pillowy interior, it feels like some laws of science are being defied. There’s a small dining room where you can enjoy some beer or wine while someone crisps your slice up, but we’ve found they reheat very well in the oven. Grab a slice while you’re there—our favorite is the one topped with whipped ricotta and mushrooms—then bring home a handful for later. It’s the best way to eat pizza all week while still switching things up a bit each night.
This is a thick, square-cut style of pizza that feels about half as dense as its Detroit-style cousin. The bottom packs an intense crunch, while the inside stays fluffy and soft. Baldinucci does both styles well, but the Roman-style is why you should be coming here.
New York Pizza
The classic New York-style slice you know and love, but just a little thicker and more rustic—like it was made in an Italian-American grandmother’s kitchen.