Where to Find the Best Pizza in Austin…with a pedigree that includes a degree from the CIA, and stops at The French Laundry and Café Boulud, it’s not a huge surprise that chef Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant Parkside has been a huge success.
Austin’s best chefs revealed: 8 culinary stars heating up the food scene…. Cirkiel succeeds in keeping his restaurants…the Backspace relevant and fresh.
Austin’s 10 Coziest Bars & Restaurants…. The Neapolitan brick pizza oven inside the backspace does more than just produce delicious pies; it also radiates warmth and adds ambiance to the tiny space. Arrive early or plan to score a spot at the bar or at a table in the space, which is more New York intimate than Texas huge.
The Slice Is Right: Rustic pies come out of a custom, wood-fired Forni Cirigliano oven from Italy that yields perfectly charred dough bubbles, while wine barrel bar seating, low-hanging lanterns, art deco stained glass and artfully peeling paint give the intimate, hearth-warmed space an Old World feel. …. While the focus is on the Neapolitan-style pizza, with creative toppings…small plates and seasonal specials are not to be missed.
The Essential Austin Pizza Restaurants….This Neapolitan pizzeria from chef Shawn Cirkiel is a welcome alternative to downtown’s drunk pizza scene. The wood-fired oven is straight out of Naples.
One of Downtown Austin’s most essential Lunch options.
The best pizza in 11 big cities around the US…the thin-crust pizzas at this casual Austin staple have locals coming back thanks to its delicious sauce and heavy-handed toppings. The happy hour is a great deal, too, with half off antipasti, beer, and wines by the glass.
Backspace sits right next to its sister restaurant Parkside in the hearth of sixth street. The place makes really great Italian style pizza and exists for that night you want to impress your better half. They have a great wine selection and the space is warmly lit so it feels that maybe you’ve left Austin and hopped over to Italy for a few. Space is pretty limited in there so I suggest calling ahead.
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Taking his inspiration–and following through–from the original pizzaioli of Naples itself. Cirkiel had at great expense a handcrafted pizza oven shipped over (it took forever), and he and his crew have really learned how to work that fiery furnace to produce impeccable pizzas with the right thickness, cornicione edge, and crackling, bubbly, charred surface with a fine balance of ingredients on top, none of which betray Neapolitan traditions.
Austin Hottest Attractions: Shawn Cirkiel has opened his second concept, backspace, a 30-seat trattoria serving thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas from an Italian brick oven and handmade charcuterie.
Inspired by the legendary pizzerias of Naples, Chef-Owner Shawn Cirkiel announces his newest restaurant, the backspace, serving authentic Neapolitan pizza and artisanal antipasti. Hip, casual and affordable, the backspace will offer a selection of pizzas, antipasti, salads and desserts… The star will be the Neapolitan pizza, known for its unique thin, chewy crust.