Pizza lovers in Austin likely remember 40 North, the former South First Street pizza trailer that landed on my list of the best pizza in Austin in 2015. Chef Clint Elmore, who trained studied in Naples and worked at Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn before moving to Austin, said at the time of the trailer’s closure that he hoped to eventually be serving his pies from a brick-and-mortar restaurant and that time has arrived.
Elmore is moving his focus from Neapolitan pies to New York City-style pizzas at PS 35 in Round Rock, which opens Tuesday at 1500 N. I-35 in Round Rock. The restaurant will be operated by SMGB Hospitality Co., the group behind the successful East Austin casual Chinese restaurant Old Thousand. The name is a hybrid of the public school naming conventions of NYC (PS) and the location of I-35.
The menu will include some pizza stylings familiar to 40 North customers, like the Hot Honey, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ricotta, parmesan and Mike’s Hot Honey. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant will serve thin-crust pizza, hot and cold sandwiches on fresh baked bread, a selection of pasta dishes, salads, soft-serve ice cream, craft beer, and cocktails. The family-friendly restaurant will feature classic video games and an outdoor pavilion for live music,yard games, dining and drinking.
PS 35 is initially open only for dinner, from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
From the archives (2015): The best pizza in Austin