We Austinites are strong believers that NOTHING tops a cold draft beer served with a slice of hot, handmade pizza. If you agree, make your way to Austin and visit one of the three Pinthouse Pizza locations. Their expressed goal is “to serve award-winning beer and hand-crafted pizza in a warm and casual setting.” Done!
The restaurant is modern and clean, its interior laid-back with warm wood tones and pops of color. Seating includes picnic-style tables, bar stools, and booths. The words Pinthouse Brewery are painted in swirling letters across a large wall, and there are televisions everywhere for customers to watch sports, favorite shows, or Austin news.
Arriving at Pinthouse after work, a group of us grabbed some craft beers and ordered a variety of pizzas for the table. “The Works” is a meat pizza piled high with red sauce, Pinthouse’s own cheese blend, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, crumbled sausage, green peppers, garlic, mushrooms, and red onions. This is a pizza with TONS of flavor and a satisfying mix of crunchy vegetables paired with savory smoky meats.
The Margherita is topped with plenty of red sauce, Pinthouse’s cheese blend, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil. I’ve had many Margherita pizzas in my life; this is a stand-out. Each bite is a perfect combination of cheese, tomato, and basil, and the crust adds mouthwatering fluffiness. You gotta try this one.
When I come to Pinthouse, I INSIST on ordering a honey pear pizza for the table. My pals have been hesitant about eating a pizza smothered in blue cheese and pears, but so far they’ve all become believers in this unique pie. It combines extra virgin olive oil as the sauce, Pinthouse’s cheese blend, sliced pears, caramelized onions, blue cheese, prosciutto, basil, and local honey. Each bite is a unexpected intermingling of sweet honey, fresh pear, and melty blue cheese. If you’re reading this thinking “No way will I ever order that,” please reconsider. You will thank me!
Grab a beer and a bar stool, and get ready have your pizza standards taken to a new level at Austin’s own Pinthouse Pizza.