On previous visits, I had enjoyed authentic New York slices at Home Slice, religiously authentic Neapolitans at Pieous, and state-of-the-art bar pies and Detroit-style pizza at Via 313. On this visit, I was drawn to the New Haven style pies offered by Salvation Pizza, with three Austin locations.
New Haven, of course, is high on my list of top American pizza towns. New Haven style done right is wonderful stuff, and I've experienced it in far-flung places like Portland at Apizza Scholls and San Diego at Basic Urban Kitchen.
The website for Salvation Pizza notes that
"We serve New Haven-style pizza, known for a thin, hand-pounded crust with its distinctive snap and crunch. By using traditional techniques, preparing our dough daily from scratch, and sourcing the freshest ingredients, we craft the highest quality pizzas. With its beautiful dog-friendly patio and spacious backyard beer garden, our little red house is the perfect gathering place to meet your friends and family for an authentic East Coast pizza experience."By Uber accident, I chose the original location at 624 W. 34th Street, instead of the Rainey Street location that was much closer to my downtown hotel. On this rainy Tuesday night, the restaurant was mostly empty but the friendly staff was attentive. It's worth noting that there was a terrific series of acoustic alt-country tunes playing in the background.
I chose a small 14" pizza with onion and sausage, which came to $15, and a pint of Big Bend Hefeweizen for $6.
The sausage, in fairly small crumbles, had properly been applied raw. It was a delightful umami blend of savory, salty, greasy, and spicy. The onions were medium sized pieces that had cooked to an ideal tenderness.
I tried to get a read on the sauce and cheese, but they had melded into an orange role player in all the best ways. Both were applied in ideal proportion to that brilliant crackling crunchy crust; this pie was perfectly balanced. I did detect some evidence of a grated aged cheese applied post-bake.
|Beautiful underside of the crust|
I've stood in long lines for lesser pizzas; Austin citizens are fortunate to be able to walk right in and order pies this good with no hassle. Absolutely destination pizza and one of the reasons that Austin is a premiere pizza city.