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The Backspace

Pizza Place$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
  • Sebastian H.
    "Best pizza in Austin - Neapolitan style FTW!"(2 Tips)
    Thomas B.
    "A small but spacious place - slightly pricey, but nice wine."(4 Tips)
    Lauren P.
    "Of course you can't go wrong with the margherita pizza!"(5 Tips)
    Perry N.
    "Calm spot in a sea of 6th street chaos."(2 Tips)
67 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • fennel sausage
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  • Rene V.
    Really good service and food, kinda pricy but worth the treat! CALL ahead for reservations very limited seating and kinda gotta squeeze bye to get to the bathrooms and between the tables and booths.
  • Denise K.
    The best pizza in Austin!!
  • Amy R.
    Lovely small wood fired pizzeria. Cannot accommodate large groups
  • sushni t.
    sushni tMarch 27
    Bianca and the Brussels sprouts r amazinggg
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlvarezDecember 2, 2016
    Fennel sausage pizza.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SealsNovember 23, 2016
    Pizza. Meat Board
  • David P.
    David PittsNovember 6, 2016
    Bianca is one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten. Pepperoni was also very good. Shishito peppers were a good starter
  • SJ S.
    SJ SimonOctober 20, 2016
    Pizza, meatballs. There's pay parking right across the street. Highly recommend reservations (or at least call ahead) even for lunch - seating is VERY limited.
  • Austin C.
    Austin CohenMarch 16, 2016
    Buratta. Pizza. Dessert is a must
  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 28, 2015
    Top notch authentic pizza! One of the best wood fire oven pizzas I had. Pizzas are a little larger than personal size. Thin crust &  flavourful. Gets super loud, enjoyable though &service is excellent
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LandryOctober 21, 2015
    Very nice fig and gorgonzola pizza. The real treat was the salted caramel panna cotta afterwards.
  • Allie M.
    Allie MahlerMarch 12, 2015
    Incredible pizza. You can add an egg on top. Delicious sides and appetizers. Get the chocolate mousse for dessert.
  • Sebastian H.
    Sebastian HassingerSeptember 20, 2014
    Cozy NYC-style room. Best pizza in Austin - Neapolitan style FTW!
  • Charles W B.
    Charles W BasdenAugust 31, 2014
    Don't expect to get a table if walking in on the weekend. Bar seating is good though. Now to try the pizza ...
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Andrew Curren, chef of 24 Diner, eats here on his nights off. He loves the White anchovy pie. Read more
  • Clark W.
    Clark WimberlyAugust 15, 2014
    Get the blistered shishito peppers and a side of focaccia.
  • Cristian G.
    Cristian GonzalezAugust 8, 2014
    Great spot for a pizza and wine dinner. Margherita pizza hit the spot.
  • Phil C.
    Phil CoffmanAugust 6, 2014
    Easily the best pizza you can get downtown. I'm a big fan of the Margherita, Fennel Sausage and Bianca pizzas. Get here early for lunch or make a reservation because space is limited.
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie ShepherdJuly 9, 2014
    The Bianca pizza is fabulous! Save room for the salted caramel panna cottage.
  • Erika S.
    Erika StrongJune 12, 2014
    Tiny restaurant - make reservations and order the Margherita.
  • Carla A.
    Carla AlbertuniMarch 7, 2014
    The white arugula pizza is a must
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJanuary 15, 2014
    The pizza was delicious but the salted caramel panna cotta stole the show!
  • Luke
    LukeJanuary 10, 2014
    Very Very Tiny Place Make a Reservation
  • Nadine
    NadineDecember 20, 2013
    The bar stools are so uncomfortable. Don't have date nights here.
  • Bill J.
    Bill JacarusoDecember 11, 2013
    The meatballs are a requirement not a suggestion, you do NOT want to miss them!
  • rob j.
    rob johnsonNovember 7, 2013
    Pizza was good, but you have to try really hard to make caprese that bad.
  • Raif R.
    Raif RaifordOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite spots in Austin! And yes the crust is supposed to have spots of char! Start with the meat and cheese platter. And for sure save room for the chocolate budino dessert.
  • Willem S.
    Willem SpruijtSeptember 26, 2013
    Being from Europe and a frequent Italy visitor: the oven-baked pizza's here are true Italian and probably the best in Austin. While you there, try one of their delicious wines.
  • Corey W.
    Corey WardAugust 17, 2013
    Happy hour with half price antipasto and wine by the glass! 5:00-6:30pm
  • John S.
    John SharpeJuly 6, 2013
    A bit expensive and not great pizza. Beer was unimpressive.
  • Freddy R.
    Freddy RodriguezJuly 3, 2013
    Great little place ! Will definitely be back next time I'm in Austin!
  • Sydna M.
    Sydna M.June 13, 2013
    Get the Pizza Bianca with Prosciutto! You won't be sorry. And, best green beans I've ever had. :-)
  • April B.
    April BennettMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    [MMMMHhhhhmmmm] Get the Texas peach & fontina pizza - it's spicy and delicious! (Seasonal)
  • Douglas N.
    Douglas NaegeleMarch 11, 2013
    Fantastic quiet refuge from the craziness. The staff and the wine list are great!
  • Will C.
    Will CookeMarch 11, 2013
    Get the Brussel sprouts
  • Elysa E.
    Elysa EllisMarch 10, 2013
    must try the Ricotta Cheesecake, the cherries are ahhhhmazing!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmithMarch 8, 2013
    Pizza with arugula. Whoa.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MateerFebruary 27, 2013
    Good food but I was expecting more of a dirty, self-regrettable experience.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Behind Parkside, this is a good spot to hit for quality Italian when you're downtown.
  • Yasmin Y.
    Yasmin YusriFebruary 18, 2013
    Brussels sproutssssssss
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 15, 2013
    This cozy spot shares space with a 2,700-pound Neapolitan brick oven firing rustic, insanely good pizza. For antipasti, we flip for the roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and Pecorino Romano. Read more
  • Emma
    EmmaJanuary 4, 2013
    The Priimitivo wine is amazing and even better paired with the Margherita pizza.
  • Liz F.
    Liz FinkelsteinDecember 24, 2012
    Wonderful! Tiny space, wonderful pizza. Get the marinaded olives
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HorsleyDecember 20, 2012
    It says it's a pizzeria but it feels more like a cozy wine bar! Two thumbs up!
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PhillipsDecember 20, 2012
    The brussels are fantastic! The cheese plate is rockin' and the beets are wonderful. Of course you can't go wrong with the margherita pizza!
  • Perry N.
    Perry NelsonAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for a pizza, salad and a bottle of vino. Calm spot in a sea of 6th street chaos.
  • Allyson D.
    Allyson DJune 24, 2012
    Delicious pizza!
  • Alberto N.
    Alberto NucheMay 23, 2012
    One of the best happy hours hands down.
  • Gray P.
    Gray PouApril 24, 2012
    Hard to find but worth your time! Only draft beer they have is Peroni, but that's all you need.
  • Lina
    LinaMarch 16, 2012
    An oasis, away from the maddening crowd of 5th street
  • Paweł C.
    Paweł CzerskiMarch 16, 2012
    You might wait a while to get your pizza, but it's totally worth it!
  • David M.
    David MMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    All is good in the world when Backspace is open for lunch durring sxsw!!!!
  • John C.
    John C.March 6, 2012
    If you like this place, you'll like No. 246 in Decatur GA (and vice versa)!
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk ColemanJanuary 6, 2012
    awesome pizza! get speck as an appetizer. I approve!
  • Natanya A.
    Natanya AndersonDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The marinated olives are a must. Simple but so tasty. Try them with a glass of prosecco.
  • Eleanor G.
    Eleanor GarthAugust 30, 2011
    Cute place, good Italian wine and pizza - perfect for date night
  • Shane W.
    Shane WeaverAugust 21, 2011
    Best pizza in town
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RoystonJuly 3, 2011
    Won't let you call ahead for take out because pizzas cook in 90 seconds. You have to come in, order and wait. All fine and good until they get backed up, then it's 30 minutes while you wait. #fail
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayJune 7, 2011
    Solid but expensive. Prosciutto and mozzarella app is good.
  • Duane S.
    Duane ShermanApril 6, 2011
    Awesome food great atmosphere. We spent $500 which wasn't bad for 8 people but our waiter became demanding in attentive and left trash standing on our table. My tip is eat at the counter not a table
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 23, 2011
    Try the picante salame pizza.
  • Jim C.
    Jim ConradMarch 16, 2011
    Great pizza, appetizers, DESSERTS!!!!, wines and staff.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KlemenMarch 14, 2011
    Good lamb meatballs. Service was surprisingly slow for pizzas that bake 2 minutes in the oven.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BukowskiMarch 12, 2011
    A small but spacious place - slightly pricey, but nice wine.
  • CraveThis
    CraveThisMarch 11, 2011
    backspace will be open for lunch during SXSW!
  • Green Label Sound
    Green Label SoundMarch 9, 2011
    Easy & urban new pizzeria tucked away off 6th Street. Killer $10 Neapolitan-style pizzas!
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HubaFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
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