Choosing pizza toppings is a lot like being married: if there is an irreconcilable disagreement, both parties take half. Grab a piece of the pie with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Austin Pizza Garden. This Groupon expires three months after purchase.
Austin Pizza Garden waters thirsting appetites with an expansive menu of thin and crispy pies that flourish with more than 50 topping options. Create-your-own regular ($7.25) and large ($10.20) pizzas come lacquered in a selection of sauces such as traditional tomato, walnut pesto, barbecue, or white sauce. Toppings divide their ranks among meat, cheese, and veggie decorations such as steak strips, jamaican jerk chicken, gorgonzola, artichoke hearts, and sour cream ($1.79 each for regular, $2.49 each for large). Culinary vagabonds can sample a variety of cuisines delivered atop 25 signature pies including the texas fajita ($20.69 for a large), then sweeten tearful sendoffs with a creamy slice of New York–style cheesecake ($2.95).
Austin Pizza Garden
People looking for the best pizza in the world flock to two places: New York and Italy. Debbie, the daughter of Austin Pizza Garden's owner, and an award-winning pizzaiola, was no exception. To hone her culinary craft she visited both locales on a transatlantic quest for the perfect pizza recipe. Once she felt she'd mastered one—preferring the thin-crust variety for its unmistakable texture—she flew home to Indianapolis, where she founded Bazbeaux. In no time, the pizzeria took off, earning it a top spot in Indy's pizza scene, an honor that still endures nearly three decades later. To spread her success, Debbie taught her recipe to her family in Austin, who set up a pizzeria of their own in one of the city's century-old historical buildings.
Today, the chefs at Austin Pizza Garden still lovingly make pies using Debbie's carefully crafted recipes, and spice up the original flavor with their own distinctive spin. They throw jalapeno slices into the mix of the texas fajita pie, for example, which is crowned in fajita chicken and avocado and served with a side of sour cream. They've even expanded beyond the traditional pizza sauce, swapping out classic marinara for walnut pesto or black-bean dip. Whether baking up familiar flavors or unique creations, Austin Pizza Garden blows a longhorn of plenty that gathers Austinites near and far.