In 1969, Colonel Eure opened the first Mr. Gatti's Pizza in Austin. The small pizza shop—which received its moniker from his wife’s maiden name—focused on handcrafting pies using real cheese, yeast-risen dough, and a signature tangy sauce. Today, more than 40 years later, the Mr. Gatti’s Pizza has expanded into 140+ locations across 13 states. But despite the brand’s growth, its mission to make quality eats remains the same.
At one of Mr. Gatti’s appetizing outposts, patrons can build-their-own pie with fresh toppings, or select favorite pizzas such as the bacon double cheeseburger loaded with smoked provolone, beef, and bacon. Sides including four-cheese breadsticks and spicy chicken wings round out plates, and dessert pizzas topped with apples and streusel offer a sweet end to a savory meal. The restaurants also provide hot and cold buffet bars, allowing guests to sample every item on the menu without having to sneak into the kitchen.
Il Palazzo, a seasoned veteran of the pizza trade, outfoxes unrelenting appetites with 22-item, halal-friendly lunch and dinner buffets that spotlight authentic Italian fare from its mouthwatering menu. Appetizers offer an enticing inlet to the ample repast before the rotating cast of salads, chicken, fish, and beef dishes work to sate palates in the mood for multifarious flavors. Adorn your barren plate with the buffet’s piping panoply of pizzas, pastas, and calzones, treating the belly to a feast that surpasses Winston Churchill’s fabled Chuck E. Cheese birthday spread. After main courses, diners can enjoy fresh desserts—including New York–style cheesecake and tiramisu—as they guzzle soft drinks and all-you-can-sip creamer packets amid the eatery’s spacious surroundings and charming décor.
The culinary artisans at Scalini's Pizza & Pasta handcraft classic Italian dishes and New York–style pizza crisped in a stone oven. The extensive dinner menu unveils savory appetizers such as toasted cheese ravioli (an $8 value). For an entree, diners can dizzy cutlery with a heaping platter of spaghetti (an $11 value) decked in meat, mushroom, or marinara sauces and escorted by a meatball, sausage, or grilled chicken. The broiled salmon (a $16 value) recites an abridged Moby Dick on a buttery bed of basil rice. Pies from Scalini's pizza menu heap fresh ingredients onto handmade dough in specialty incarnations, such as Scalini's pesto pizza (a $10+ value), which is slathered with piquant pesto and peppered with chunks of tender grilled chicken. Diners can conclude meals with tiramisu or cappuccino pie as they recline amid an intimate environment with hanging lights and wall sconces shimmering against landscape paintings.
Jimano's Pizzeria's deft dough-tossers craft homemade crusts, succulent sauces, and pies layered with fresh ingredients for an oven-fresh menu of Chicago-style pizzas. Top a thin-crust cheese pizza ($15.80 for a 16") or piñata-pack a pan-baked deep-dish cheese pizza ($17.95 for a 16") with a panoply of ingredients, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple ($2.10 per ingredient for a 16" pizza), ensuring that modest pizzas don't have to arrive at the table undressed. Cooks also create stacked delights such as the italian beef ($5.85) or the crispy buffalo chicken sandwich ($5.99); baby back ribs ($16.99 for a full slab, $14.99 for a half slab) offer carnivorous sustenance coated in a homemade St. Louis–style barbecue sauce. The pizzeria's famed bread sticks ($3.99) satisfy carb cravings alongside a slew of pasta dishes, which arrive with sides of saucy banter and cheesy dialogue.