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Austin: One of the Nation's Best Pizza Places?

Austin’s seen its share of boom-and-bust food cycles: Think the explosion of cupcake places, or proliferation of upscale burger joints. One of the newest beneficiaries of Austin’s irrational culinary exuberance is the pizza place. The last few years has seen a marked increase in the number of posh pie purveyors: Umami Mia, backspace and Winflo, to name a few.

Austin’s pizza scene garners some shine in controversial rankings from TripAdvisor – controversial, as Austin’s sixth place ranking puts it just two spots behind behind pizza mecca New York City. 

Plenty of commenters note the irony in the winning cities’ descriptions, most of which hold up NYC as a pizza paragon – despite NYC ranking fourth place overall. And Chicago didn’t even make TripAdvisor’s list.

Three Austin pizza places got mention in TripAdvisor’s write-up, based off the travel website’s user-submitted data:

Getting a nod of its own is Austin upstart Via 313. Its Detroit-style pie was the only Austin pizza to get a shout-out in the Thrillist list of the 33 best pizzas in the U.S.

Via 313 also garners a respectable third place in Yelp’s ranking of the best pizzas in Austin, coming in behind first place-ranked Little Deli & Pizzeria and pie powerhouse Home Slice Pizza.

What do you think about Austin’s sixth-place showing? Let us know, along with your favorite pizza places, in the comments section below.    

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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