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507 san jacinto blvd.
austin, tx 78701

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Reservations are recommended during peak hours, but our bar counter is always open for walk-ins.  All available tables can be reserved online.

For parties greater than 6 people please email info@thebackspace-austin.com

Tables are reserved for a dining time of one hour and 15 minutes. If you wish to dine longer please let us know at least 24 hours in advance, and we will make special arrangements if possible. Please arrive on time. Reservations more than 15 minutes late shall be cancelled to seat other guests.

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The backspace is available for intimate yet casual dinners for up to 50 guests with a buyout of the pizzeria. Whether your special occasion is a wedding or rehearsal dinner, an anniversary or birthday party, a business dinner, or a casual happy hour, our desire is to join you in creating lasting memories as you share a special and personalized meal with family, friends and colleagues.

Contact our Events Team to begin planning your event today!

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5 years of Pizza!

Join us to celebrate our 5 year anniversary as Austin’s original Neapolitan pizza restaurant.

Complimentary bubbles for all our dinner guests and half off all pizzas at lunch for the entire month of January!

Happy Hour

1/2 off all Antipasti, Beer, and Wine by the Glass

Monday-Friday 5pm-6:30pm

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Located literally in the backspace behind chef Cirkiel’s iconic Parkside is Austin’s first Neapolitan pizzeria.  Intimate and unapologetic, the Backspace is a rustic, 30-seat oasis off 6th street featuring all Italian wine, one Italian beer, a seasonal selection of Italian antipasti and, of course, Neapolitan pizza.  The flour, the tomatoes and our brick oven, the centerpiece of the dining room, are all imported from Italy to make a style of pie that, with our homemade mozzarella, can only be called Neapolitan.  Founded in 2010, the backspace is now open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are highly recommended, but we always keep our bar counter open for walk-ins.  Have a drink at Parkside next door or take a quick tour of 6th street and we’ll call you when your table’s ready!

Go to Parkside Projects for more about who we are.

Shawn Cirkiel’s creativity and innovation in the kitchen have made him one of Austin’s most coveted chefs and restaurateurs. Seven years ago, Cirkiel opened Parkside—the city’s first gastro pub—to much fanfare. The accolades continue on for this sophisticated spot, which is housed in a converted two-story space on East Sixth Street, as they do for Cirkiel’s subsequent ventures: the backspace, a widely popular Neapolitan-style pizzeria, olive & june, an updated version of family-style Southern Italian dining, and Bullfight, an authentic Spanish restaurant featuring a variety of small, shareable plates. Cirkiel’s passion for local and seasonal food extends beyond the scope of his restaurants and has become a driving force behind his notable community engagement.

Cirkiel’s devotion to smart (sustainable) cooking and the community is evident by his involvement in many projects, including an initiative at Austin’s Highland Park Elementary, where he has helped develop healthy-eating, exercise, and gardening programs. Cirkiel is also a founding chef of the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers Market in downtown and a board member and secretary for the Sixth Street Austin Association, which has been fundamental in raising funds to restore the legendary district. And while the chef maintains a high profile around town and in the media—he’s been noted in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Food Arts, Cooks Illustrated, Bon Appetit and the Los Angeles Times—Cirkiel doesn’t stay out of the kitchen for long.

For press inquires contact Paula Biehler.

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.

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.

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Our gift cards can be used at the backspace,
Bullfight, Olive & June and Parkside.

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HAPPY HOUR until 6:30pm!
Beer, wines by the glass & antipasti are half off Monday-Friday until 6:30pm.

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Reservations are recommended during peak hours, but our bar counter is always open for walk-ins.  All available tables can be reserved online.

For parties greater than 6 people please email info@thebackspace-austin.com

Tables are reserved for a dining time of one hour and 15 minutes. If you wish to dine longer please let us know at least 24 hours in advance, and we will make special arrangements if possible. Please arrive on time. Reservations more than 15 minutes late shall be cancelled to seat other guests.

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Located literally in the backspace behind chef Cirkiel’s iconic Parkside is Austin’s first Neapolitan pizzeria.  Intimate and unapologetic, the Backspace is a rustic, 30-seat oasis off 6th street featuring all Italian wine, one Italian beer, a seasonal selection of Italian antipasti and, of course, Neapolitan pizza.  The flour, the tomatoes and our brick oven, the centerpiece of the dining room, are all imported from Italy to make a style of pie that, with our homemade mozzarella, can only be called Neapolitan.  Founded in 2010, the backspace is now open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are highly recommended, but we always keep our bar counter open for walk-ins.  Have a drink at Parkside next door or take a quick tour of 6th street and we’ll call you when your table’s ready!

Go to Parkside Projects for more about who we are.

private dining

The backspace is available for intimate yet casual dinners for up to 50 guests with a buyout of the pizzeria. Whether your special occasion is a wedding or rehearsal dinner, an anniversary or birthday party, a business dinner, or a casual happy hour, our desire is to join you in creating lasting memories as you share a special and personalized meal with family, friends and colleagues.

Contact our Events Team to begin planning your event today!

book a private event

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