The neopolitan-style pies at Salvation Pizza are hands down the best in Austin. I say this because I am a self-proclaimed pizza snob from the Northeast. I never considered myself a pizza snob until I moved to Austin four years ago after searching hi and lo for a decent pizza joint. I've been to many local pizza joints proclaiming to be either NYC-style or neopolitan only to be disappointed with a tastless and undercooked crust that resembles either a squishy dougy dinner roll or cardboard. I've even been to Home Slice and have been disappointed at the lack of consistency in the way they make their pies.
So, if you've tried them all and still aren't satisfied, give Salvation Pizza on 34th Street a try. For one thing, the owners are from Connecticut and their parents own and operate a wonderful pizza restaurant in West Hartford called Harry's Pizza. Salvation uses the same recipe.
The crust is charred to perfection (like it should be), lending to a crisp and chewy bite. I'd prefer a little bit more sauce on my pizza, but that's me. The cheese is a blend of mozzarella and asiago. The pepperoni is spicy with a kick.
It's not often that I come away from an Austin pizza joint satisfied. Surprisingly, Salvation fits the bill.
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