At The Brick Oven on 35th, which has run under its current owners since 2000, grains from around the world pervade the crusts of 10 signature pizzas baked in wood-fired brick ovens, and housemade bread accompanies pasta plates such as baked spinach ravioli. All-natural, range-free chicken and beef adorn dishes, and the staff also concocts vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free pies and entrees. Feasters can savor their Italian treats while sitting amid white tablecloths in the indoor dining room, luxuriating on the outdoor patio, or in the middle of a high-speed gondola pursuit via delivery and catering services.
Chicago-style stuffed pizzas. New York–style thin pizzas. Round pizzas. Six different sauces. Flatbread crust, gluten-free crust, wheat crust, white crust.
Pies at The Pizza Bistro's two locations are endlessly customizable and handcrafted from a 60-year-old dough recipe. Toppings include Italian-imported meats, beef raised in Yoakum, Texas, and locally grown veggies. With specialty pizzas like Texas BBQ Brisket and the rosemary-laced Potato, Bacon & Egg, it's clear that some Italian creations flourish with an Austin flare. Chef-curated, patron-customized, or woven on a dough-and-cheese loom, every pizza can be complemented with one-of-a-kind libations: The Pizza Bistro infuses local Texas liquors in-house, and servers fill frosty glasses with Austin craft beers. Rounding out the menu is an eclectic selection of Italian-American dishes that include homemade pastas, sandwiches, and small plates.
As a young chef just starting out, Jason Tallent had cooked his way up the ladder, working directly under James Beard Foundation Award–winning chefs. After moving to Austin, he took the reins on the 34th Street Café, designing a farm-to-table menu of upscale New American comfort food. He and his team layer hormone-free meats and local, organic veggies to revamp beloved lunch sandwiches such as the BLT, Reuben, or ham and swiss. During the dinner rush, the menu throws on its formal wear for dishes such as crispy risotto with truffle cheese or panko-crusted chicken picatta drizzled with beurre blanc and sprinkled with capers. Affable owner Eddie Bernal keeps the restaurant’s laser-like focus on serving ethical, delicious café cuisine, while high ceilings and a spacious dining room offer guests plenty of room to relax during lunch, dinner, or Twister matches that determine who’s picking up the tab.
Best known for our incredible Panini style sandwiches, daily specials, and professional business catering...We are quietly know for the upscale private affairs that really showcase our staffs talented passion for great food. The Beer & Wine will be flowing soon to accompany our Locally Sourced Dinner menu. Stay Tuned!
Though Mellow Mushroom is filled with funky art and groovy hippie vibes, their chefs are dead serious about perfecting the art of pizza. From a purposefully tacky ‘60s-themed storefront, the laid back team specializes in stone-baked pies using locally sourced ingredients, all natural free-range meats and fresh produce. As the name would indicate, Mellow Mushroom even offers Daiya vegan (milk and soy-free) cheese, as well as a generous selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Their location close to the University of Texas, their masterful pizza options and their wide selection of craft beers all combine to make Mellow Mushroom a favorite with college kids and families alike.
In Italy, a "sagra" is a festival where a community comes together in celebration of a local ingredient or dish—a tradition that fits Gabriel Pellegrini's enoteca and trattoria in both spirit and practice. Classic, bistro-style Italian cuisine joins local, Texan ingredients and flavors to create an entire menu worthy of commemoration. But that isn't to say all the ingredients are local. Imported Mediterranean cheeses and cured meats join house-made mozzarella atop hand-stretched neapolitan pizzas before bubbling gold in a wood-burning stove.
Such dedication to craft and quality carries over into the bar. Shelves brim with liqueurs, grappas, and wines imported from Italy, but the bartenders grow their own herbs, make their own bitters, and infuse syrups and spirits in-house for cocktails that are inimitable in freshness and flavor.
Located in the heart of Austin, the building's custard-yellow and sunset-orange walls complement the warm earth tones of well-trodden floorboards. Black banquettes and chairs surround white linen-draped tables. During the day, natural light streams in through the windows, but at night the soft glow of flickering wall sconces and pendant lamps suffuses the dining area—a suitable atmosphere for a romantic evening or shadow-puppet reenactment of the Battle of Philippi.