The Pizza Press to raise money for slain UT student’s memorial fund

In the wake of a stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus that left one dead and three injured, a new campus-area restaurant is holding a fundraiser to benefit a memorial fund for the student that died.

A portrait of Harrison Brown is on display at the University Catholic Center before the start of a memorial Mass in his honor on Tuesday. Brown was killed in a stabbing attack at the University of Texas on Monday. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Pizza Press (404 W. 26th St.) opens May 4. According to a news release, the restaurant will donate all profits from sales through May 7 — up to $3,000 — to the Harrison Brown Memorial Fund. “Guests can also make anonymous donations in any amount through provided gift card envelopes or electronically when paying for their beverages or meal,” according to a news release.

PHOTOS: Memorial Mass for Harrison Brown on May 2

The memorial fund for Brown blew past its goal of $100,000 in just a day, earning more than $127,000 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. The money, organizers told the Statesman, will be donated to Brown’s family.

Read complete coverage of the stabbing attack at UT at
Photo courtesy of Pizza Press

Austin’s Pizza replacing Tom’s Tabooley on the Drag, will improve delivery to East Austin

Austin's Pizza is now selling its popular pizzas, such as this Mopac pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bell peppers and black olives, in the frozen section of a number of H-E-Bs in Texas. (Photo by Addie Broyles)
Austin’s Pizza is now selling its popular pizzas, such as this Mopac pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bell peppers and black olives, in the frozen section of a number of H-E-Bs in Texas. (Photo by Addie Broyles)

Tom’s Tabooley at 2928 Guadalupe St. closed on Halloween. Both the restaurant and grocery at the location on the Drag closed due to lack of consumer interest, according to owner J.D. Torian, who also owns Austin’s Pizza.

An Austin’s Pizza will move into the space by the Super Bowl, according to Torian, who says the other Austin’s Pizza location on the Drag will stay open. Torian said all Tom’s employees were offered jobs at Austin’s Pizza locations. Torian said that the new location will help increase deliveries to East Austin, an area of importance to the chain, and alleviate a growing problem of lack of oven capacity in Central Austin that has occasionally led to some long wait times and temporary suspension of online ordering at the current Drag location. Austin’s Pizza plans to have a map of the expanded delivery zone in the coming weeks.



Former Ramen Tatsu-ya chef joins Unit-D Pizzeria


Chef George Thomas has been hired as the executive chef at Unit-D Pizzeria, the pizza-centric restaurant that opened in July 2015 on Manor Road. Thomas replaces CT Turgeon, whom Unit-D owner Shalou Barth says has moved back to the East Coast to helm one of chef Michael Psilakis’ restaurants. Thomas has spent the previous two years serving as head of creative development and corporate chef at Ramen Tatsu-ya. His resume also includes executive chef stints at Paggi House, Imperia and Soleil. Balou says Thomas is “working on some exciting projects for the restaurant.”



Via 313 now offers catering

Via 313 serves thick, cheesy square slices of pizza they call Detroit-style.
Via 313 serves thick, cheesy square slices of pizza they call Detroit-style.

Not only does a new brick-and-mortar location of Via 313 near the University of Texas mean less driving for some folks looking to savor the deliciously addictive Detroit-style pies, it means no driving for some.

With their expansion, the restaurant from brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt now offers catering.  Via 313 serves off-site catering of pizza and family-style sides and salads to groups of up to 100 people. The pizza makers require a 48-hour notice for the large order, and a 15% additional charge overs delivery, paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware and gratuity. There is a $100 minimum order for catering.

Catering is available anywhere in Austin. Interested parties can contact Denise at


Austin restaurants: Where to eat pizza


It may be too late to make dinner reservations for Valentine’s weekend, but we’ll always have pizza. Just want the TLDR version? Here’s a link to my favorite in Austin, which would now be updated to find room for Burn, Unit D and Pizzeria Vetri.

360 Pizza. 6203 N. RM 620. 512-428-4788. 2107 Kinney Ave. 512-447-4992. New York-style pizzas, subs, calzones and salads at two locations.

*40 North. 1502 S. First St. 512-566-8321, One of Austin’s best food trailers — you’d never think pizza this good could come from a mobile space so small. Try the Hot Honey pie, with Mike’s Hot Honey (a viscous and spicy chili-infused honey) or, for a veggie alternative, the mushroom pizza with thyme and sage. >>Related: 40 North on Best Pizza in Austin list

Aroma. 3403 S. Lamar Blvd.512-900-8670, Neapolitan pizzas are just a small part of this Italian restaurant’s full-menu offerings.

*Austin Beer Garden Brewing. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, These guys are well known for their craft brews like the Superliner, but don’t overlook their roster of puffed pies with quality toppings. >>Related: ABGB on Best Pizza in Austin list

Austin’s Pizza. Multiple locations, The local homegrown mini-empire that started in 1999 has grown to 13 locations, from Southpark Meadows to Round Rock.

*Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef Shawn Cirkiel’s charming little restaurant that also delivers charcuterie and antipasti. >>Related: Backspace on Best Pizza in Austin list

Brick Oven Pizza. 1209 Red River St. 512-477-7006. 10710 Research Blvd. 512-345-6181. Like the name says, pizzas from a brick oven (with strong gluten-free options) at two locations.

*Bufalina. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523., 6555 Burnet Road. 512-215-8662. The best Neapolitan pizza in the city and a great Italian wine list are now available at two locations in Austin, and both stay open until at least 11 p.m. >>Related: Review of Bufalina |Bufalina on Best Pizza in Austin list

*Burn. 1802 E. Sixth St. 512-609-8174, The best Roman-style pizza in Austin and milky hand-pulled mozzarella are stars at this restaurant that features a full bar up front. >>Releated: Mini-review of Burn

Conan’s Pizza. Multiple locations. The deep dish is the thing at the three locations of this Austin original that has been around for 40 years.

Due Forni. 106 E. Sixth St. 512-391-9300, The restaurant serves Roman and Neapolitan pizzas, hence the name. That means one group of pies with a thicker, fluffier edge and another with thin, cracker crust. >>Related: Review of Due Forni

*East Side Pies. Multiple locations. Cracker crust farm-to-pizza at three locations around town. Get the Girther (avocado, blue cheese and roasted onions) and add bacon, and check out their eccentric sauces like black bean and spinach curry. >>Related: East Side Pies on Best Pizza in Austin list

*Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, Vespaio’s kid sister serves a selection of about a half-dozen pies, including the excellent prosciutto with arugula and truffled egg. >>Related: Enoteca on Best Pizza in Austin list

Frank and Angie’s. 508 West Ave. 512-472-3534, Flat pies and a 50s vibe at this throwback pizzeria that celebrates all things Italian-American.

Garducci’s Pizza. 730 W. Stassney Lane. 512-707-1155, This neighborhood spot focuses on two Italian-American staples: New York-style pizzas and meatball subs.

Gino’s East. 214 E. Sixth St. 512-953-7437, The Chicago institution now has an Austin location serving the deep dish pies that put the city on the global pizza map.

*Hoboken Pie. 718 Red River St. 512-477-4256, Some of the best pizza downtown and one of the best under-the-radar delivery places, as well, from this rock-and-roll joint.

Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza. 511 E. Sixth St. 512-810-1666, Gooey pizza from a loud joint in the heart of the Sixth Street entertainment district.

*Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, The best New York City-style slices in Austin and one of the best Italian subs, as well. Central Austin will get its own location later this year, when the restaurant opens at North Loop and Duval streets. >>Related: Home Slice on Best Pizza in Austin list | Home Slice to open off North Loop

*House Pizzeria. 5111 Airport Blvd. 512-600-4999, A nice mix of crunch and chew in these pizzas with great toppings like port reduction and blue cheese. >>Related: House Pizzeria on Best Pizza in Austin list

Italic. 123 W. Sixth St. 512-660-5390, Bronzed and puffed pies on crusts created by executive chef Drew Curren and made by the bake masters at Easy Tiger. >>Related: Review of Italic

Juliet. 1500 Barton Springs Road. 512-479-1800, The clean simplicity of the Basilica pizza makes for a nice lunch option at this beautiful restaurant with a patio on Barton Springs Road. >>Related: Review of Juliet

*Little Deli and Pizzeria. 7101 Woodrow Ave. 512-467-7402, Excellent New Jersey-style pies from this quaint little deli that feels like a step back in time. >>Related: Litttle Deli on Best Pizza in Austin list

Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. Get classic Italian antipasti, daily specials and bubbling pizzas at one of three locations around town.

*Pieous. 12005 U.S. 290 W. 512-394-7041, Family-owned and family-friendly pie place serves chewy Neapolitan pies and excellent homemade pastrami. Once you leave Austin on U.S. 290, you won’t find a better restaurant along that stretch of road until you get to Fredericksburg. >>Related: Pieous on Best Pizza in Austin list

Pinthouse Pizza. 4729 Burnet Road. 512-436-9605. 4236 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-502-5808. Pizza plus beer from a pedigreed Colorado brewer makes for a solid family-friendly outing at locations in South and Central Austin.

Pizza Nizza. 2712 Bee Cave Road. 512-474-7070, This West Austin spot will sell you any size pizza with any number of toppings for $9.99, take-out or delivery. Great deal, and the pizza ain’t too bad, either.

*Pizzeria Vetri. 2421 San Antonio St. 737-222-5294, James Beard Award-winning Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri sold his pizza restaurants to Urban Outfitters, but don’t let the corporate partnership fool you; this place still puts out some of the best pizza in Austin. >>Related: Philly’s Marc Vetri brings great pizza to campus area

Reale’s Italian Cafe. 13450 U.S. 183. 512-335-5115, This red-sauce Italian restaurant feels like it was plucked from the East Coast, and its tasty, big, cheesy pizzas will leave you longing for an espresso (or a nap).

Rockin’ Tomato. 3003 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-447-3351, This colorful pizza joint serves four different styles of pie and makes for a solid delivery option in South Austin.

Rounders Pizzeria. 1203 W. Sixth St. 512-477-0404, Enjoy big, rounded sunglow crust and little circles of pepperoni while you take in a game or movie on the big screen and play old-school arcade games.

Saccone’s. 11416 RM 620. 512-257-1200, This spot has been turning out New Jersey-style pies and Italian subs in Cedar Park for almost 20 years.

Salvation Pizza. 624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076. 51 Rainey St. 512-499-0105. Thin, crunchy Connecticut-style pizzas at two locations of this restaurant that started in Central Austin about a decade ago. >>Related: Salvation Pizza on Best Pizza in Austin list

*Second Bar + Kitchen. 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750, This New American restaurant does a bit of everything, and does it well. That includes bubbled and chewy pies like the savory-sweet Black and Bleu with black truffle, blue cheese, pork belly confit, medjool dates and red onion. >>Related: Second Bar & Kitchen on Best Pizza in Austin list | Second Bar & Kitchen on Austin’s Top 10 Burgers list

Southside Flying Pizza. Multiple locations. The three locations (south and east) of this restaurant that also offers delivery service feature daily specials, like pepperoni pizza rolls on Wednesdays, and also offer gluten-free options.

Spartan Pizza. 1007 E. Sixth St. 512-484-0798, New York-style pizzas, about 10 sandwiches and salads and appetizers like focaccia bites from the trailer-turned-restaurant on East Sixth.

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. 13187 Fitzhugh Road. 512-900-9079, Wood-fired pizzas in a natural setting on the edge of the Hill Country. Bonus points for being the perfect complement to neighbors Jester King Brewery.

Tony C’s. 12800 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-3473. 10526 W. Parmer Lane. 512-255-9463. The coal fire leaves a nice char on the pizzas at these two locations. Try the prosciutto, mascarpone and honey pie. And the selection of salads, including ahi tuna and beet and arugula, is as good as you’ll find among pizza places in town.

*Unit D Pizzeria. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-1922, Blistered pies full of crunch and chew with great toppings like Sweety Drop peppers, guanciale and bourbon-smoked pepper, and a few salads, like my favorite kale salad in town. >>Related: Mini-review of Unit D Pizzeria

*Via 313. 6705 U.S. 290. 512-584-8084, The packed, family-friendly brick-and-mortar restaurant serves the same thick, Detroit-style pizzas that made the two trailers popular, along with a thinner-crust pie and several salads. A second restaurant will join the family this year when Via 313 opens on Guadalupe Street in the old Blackbird & Henry location. >>Related: Hunt brothers bring Austin Detroit-style pizza | Via 313 to open second brick-and-mortar restaurant | Via 313 on Best Pizza in Austin list

Winflo Osteria. 1315 W. Sixth St. 512-582-1027, In addition to the traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushroom, this restaurant with the tree-shaded patio serves a carbonara pizza and a crab-and-pesto pie. >>Related: Review of Winflo Osteria