Love makes you do crazy things. In my case, it was eating pizza for dinner five nights in a row.
I am fairly confident pizza is my husband’s love language, so what better way to spend date night funds than to explore the pizzerias in Austin-town? We made a point to go to places we had never been before so, while delicious, Winflo, Home Slice, and Salvation Pizza didn’t make the cut. We also avoided chains, so Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Papa Johns were out.
Don’t bother consulting with your doctor before attempting to recreate this adventure, you already know what the M.D. would say.
Day 1: We went to aRoma, a brand new place a few miles from home. We devoured their pizza the second day they were open.
We ordered a pie with four cheeses, including gorgonzola, and added truffle oil (because what pizza doesn’t need more greasy fat?).
aRoma’s version of tiramisu was a personal favorite. It had the classic ingredients (which I am a stickler about) and a fun presentation. That is Kaluha granita melting on the side.
Day 2: We wandered over to the Eastside and tried VIA 313: Detroit style pizza made in an Austin style eatery.
The thick, meaty, square pizza was comfort food to the core. Carb. Overload.
Day 3: Possibly my favorite of the five, Bufalina used fresh ingredients and baked its pizza in a wood-fired oven in the dining area. We arrived promptly at 5:30, Bufalina’s opening time, and there was a wait within minutes, for good reason.
I should have snapped a few images of the oven, the restaurant interior, and the delectable gnocchi we devoured while our pizza was prepared.
Day 4: We ventured out to Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza in Dripping Springs.
Our Mediterranean pizza pie was topped with spinach, sundried tomatoes, olives, and feta.
I don’t think the pizza was worth the 45+ minute wait, but the outdoor-only dining allowed us to tote Nola around. The atmosphere is also great for a large group. In addition to the pizza, my favorite local brewery, Jester King, is located right next door.
Day 5: We headed to fabulous Rounders before going to a screening at the Ritz Alamo Drafthouse. The sign has been begging me to come in for months. Who can resist New York style pizza with a Vegas vibe?
We had to go classic and ordered a plain ol’ pepperoni. We ordered the casino (small) size, and still brought home almost half of a pizza. Can I add that the garlic knots were the best of their kind?
Rounders is the place you want to have your birthday party as a kid or the place you might play endless arcade games on a first date.
Thanks for reading,