Pieous: Best Pizza in Austin

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013

Josh Kaner, the brave soul that transformed a run-down barbeque on 290 W into an inviting pizzeria, does not hold back.  Armed with a 20 year old sourdough starter, hand kneaded pizza dough, and house made mozzeralla cheese, he declared his pizza as the “best pizza in Austin“.  He did not make this claim naively.  It came from a man who has lived in food-centric cities throughout the U.S., has eaten his way around the world, and has studied the craft of pizza making for years.

Pieous serves Neapolitan style pizzas.  Admittedly, that’s the only style that I enjoy, especially after traveling in Italy.  I find American pizzas too heavy and topping focused, even though the toppings are not always high in quality.  American cuisine’s mentality of “more is more” does not vibe with me.

The only other contender in the Neapolitan ring is Backspace, who also fires up fantastic thin crust pizzas.  Pieous has Backspace beat in two simple ways: a more flavorful and resistant crust (thin, crisp on the bottom, great “pull”), and more variety (with classic and unconventional toppings).  That said, Backspace offers a fantastic happy hour, an array of novel antipasti, and is much closer to our home in East Austin.

Anyways, head on over to my article on Serious Eat’s Slice column to learn more about Pieous’ story and to see more tasty photos.  Whether this truly is the best pizza in Austin is up for you to judge.  For me, the short pilgrimage is more than worth it.

Pieous Pizza in Austin TX, Best Pizza in Austin ? by Melody Gourmet Fury Photography

Margherta Pizza – fresh tomato sauce, house made mozzarella, fresh basil.  Simplicity at its best.

Pieous Pizza in Austin TX, Best Pizza in Austin ? by Melody Gourmet Fury Photography

Bacon Bleu Pizza – house made bacon marmalade (which I can eat on anything), Gorgonzola cheese, peppery arugula.  This is a clear winner.

Pieous Pizza in Austin TX, Best Pizza in Austin ? by Melody Gourmet Fury Photography

Pastrami smoked on site – the moist cut is fall-apart tender, beautifully brined, with just the right touch of smoke.

Pieous Pizza in Austin TX, Best Pizza in Austin ? by Melody Gourmet Fury Photography

Josh Kaner – accountant turned pizza chef poured his heart into Pieous and his craft.

Pieous

12005 US 290
Austin, TX 78737

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  • poryorick

    Pieous is good, but not the best pizza I’ve had in the ATX area. Try Bola. The crust is nearly perfect, in part because of the fermentation process, which results in an airy, yeasty crust. And, I haven’t been there in a while, but Enoteca’s exceeded the Pieous offering, as well.

    That said, the pastrami is magnificent, the house-made mozzarella is the best locally that I’ve had, and the pies — well, the blueberry – I can only make assumptions about the others — are unbelievable.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.dettwiler Troy Dettwiler

    Pizza looks amazing. Totally agree less is more when it comes to traditional pizza. To many toppings mask the crunch of an airy crust and the zip of a perfect sauce.