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.
Pieous12005 US 290
Austin, TX 78737