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The Backspace - Austin
507 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. We also offer valet parking for $10
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The Backspace, Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Neapolitan pizzeria directly behind Parkside, is known for its wood-burning Italian brick oven, all Italian wine list, and original Italian antipasti made in house daily.
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Backspace is on all the lists for
10 Best Pizzas in Austin and lives up to the reviews. Great selection of interesting pizza toppings, and everything fresh, fresh, fresh. Try the Bianca with arugula and a fresh egg on top! Unique and delicious appetizers too. Nice wine list to accompany, and the service aims to please. Excellent value at very economic pricing. Arrive expecting casually elegant and tasteful simplicity, and you'll leave having had a great time."
Dined on 3/5/2014
Really good pizza with great
toppings in a very small, cozy setting!"
Dined on 3/3/2014
Awesome food and service! Favorite
restaurant in Austin."
Dined on 2/28/2014
My parents were visiting from out
of town. We had taken them to Backspace on another occasion and they enjoyed it so much then that they wanted to go back. We had a 9:15 reservation, but the people occupying our table wouldn't get up regardless of multiple hints from the staff. After thirty minutes, they were politely asked to move to the bar to continue their conversation, and we were finally seated. The staff couldn't have been more apologetic, they sent out the appetizers we had ordered on the house and when we finished some of the best pizza in town, two desserts were brought out also on the house with more apologies and thank yous. Although it shouldn't be, it's rare to find this level of customer appreciation and service. Awesome"
Dined on 2/21/2014
The restaurant is TINY.
Reservations are a must. Happy hour ends at 6:30 so go in early. The anti-pastas were surprisingly good. I would recommend tucking into those. The pizzas were traditional american interpretation of italian (southern) pizza. Good crust however the chef our night decided that ingrediants should only be in the center. Because of that the crust rose greatly on the edges but was flat and soaked in the middle. Better distribution would be ideal however it would probably require more frequent cleaning of the oven. All in all, good pizza. I would recommend and return."
Dined on 2/16/2014
Backspace is the first place we
can say, "we want to go back" since moving back to Austin in July. Great service, excellent food & it doesn't break the bank. I was a little hesitant after reading that they have 1of the top 10 pizzas in the US (Bon Appetit magazine)? The salad, lamb meatballs & pizza were excellent!! The crust may have few dark spots but the flavor of the pizza was great.To top off the meal was one of the best desserts I've ever had. I am not a big chocolate fan, but the hazelnut chocolate budino was tops!!The piece of crunchy toffee that accompanies the dish makes it all work. Make a reservation & they do not take large tables. No mixed drinks, only beer & wine. Put this place on your list...you will not be disappointed."
Dined on 2/8/2014
Decided to brave the bitter cold
for a bite to eat, and so glad I did. One of the best open fire oven pizzas I've ever had."
Dined on 2/10/2014
Parkside was my favorite
restaurant in Austin and now they have added the Backside which might have equaled that love. Our waitress was unbelievable- so friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. We had a few different appetizers (mozzarella and also cauliflower) and each one was great. Then we ordered both the margarita and the sausage pizza. I am pretty picky when it comes to pizza and these might of been two of my favorite ever. Ingredients were abundant and fresh. Pizzas were served at perfect temperature. We finished the night with both a chocolate and caramel dessert. Overall the food was delicious, the service was great, and I will visit and or recommend any restaurant associated with this group/management anytime I visit Austin!"
Dined on 2/8/2014
Backspace has served us extremely
well on two occasions. Went for a lunch and sat at the bar and enjoyed it so much I took my wife back for a date. Love the ambiance and the fine tuned menu selection. Pizza's are excellent. Also like the small size of the place and the ability to walk down 6th street after the dining experience. I would definitely recommend Backspace."
Dined on 12/21/2013
The pizza was delicious, as were
the sides. I recommend the fennel sausage pizza and the brussel sprout appetizer. A couple things to be aware of, though. Their beer selection consists of Peroni, which is the Italian equivalent of Bud Light. Sort of sad, really. Also, they serve neopalitan style pizza which is much different than American pizza. If you're not sure what that is, please do yourself a favor and look it up beforehand."
Dined on 1/29/2014
This place is tiny but tasty!! So
as long as you don't mind practically sitting on top of the table next to you, it's worth a try!!"
Dined on 1/26/2014
The food - mushroom antipasti,
bread, bianca pizza, salted caramel panna cotta - were all very, very good. Service was also excellent."
Dined on 1/23/2014
My husband took me and my 3 boys
to The Backspace for my 50th bday because I love pizza. It was a Wed night. We had reservations and I'm glad we did because there was a steady crowd. I absolutely loved this place!! It's small and cozy, not too loud, great bar, and the pizza was outstanding! Our waiter was excellent too!! I can't wait to go back. I would probably not take my younger boys, ages 8 and 11, there on a weekend night but it was fine for a week night. Only because if I was on a "date" with my husband on the weekend, I wouldn't want kids around in a small, intimate bar/restaurant like The Backspace."
Dined on 1/22/2014
We have been to Backspace a
handful of times now, and the food never disappoints! We made a reservation for Saturday evening and it was busy, really busy. Someone walked in without a reservation and was told the next open table was at 10:00 pm. (This was at 6:15, so in other words make a reservation!) It a super small space so it's a little awkward waiting for your table, however the hostess offered me a wine list so I was content. We sat down at the table and were given attentive service. The antipasti was good, and the pizza was amazing! We went to Italy last year, and this is right up there with the Italian pizza we had! Get the Bianca - you will not regret it, and will dream of it for days after :)"
Dined on 1/18/2014
everything was outstanding & we
will be back. the only disappointment was a 25-minute wait beyond our reservation time ... they really should have comped one of our appetizers."
Dined on 1/17/2014
The Backspace is a tiny
restaurant, but even so they accommodated our 10-top (which took up roughly 1/3 of the seats in the place-- it's that small!). Many thanks to the staff for being so willing to shift around tables and work things out for us! In general, this place isn't the greatest for groups, and we should have looked into that a bit more. It's a little tight. Parties of 2-4 are probably most comfortably accommodated."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Was a little disappointed in our
pizza flavor but since it was something I hadn't had before I want to try the rest :) Love Shawn C and his amazing spaces so can't wait to give it another try. Wine list was a little light but that is ok there was Pizza :)"
Dined on 12/5/2013
Select menu, limited seating but
completely worth it! Make a reservation!"
Dined on 1/3/2014
Backspace reminds us of the fun
little restaurants we have visited in S F. The only thing missing was the summer fog. If they fixed it up, they would ruin it. The bar is fun because you can watch the meat slicer and the pizza oven, but the best experience is with a group at a table. That way you can order more stuff to share. Don't leave out their desserts, served in a small jar."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Very well done Neapolitan pizza.
It would be wonderful if they added a build your own option with a nice choice of ingredients such as onions, jalapeños, cilantro, garlic, sundried tomatoes, red/green/orange peppers, greens etc. Do try their Brussels sprouts appetizer."
Dined on 12/31/2013
Low key, friendly, Fresh
ingredients simply prepared ( with a twist) and AMAZING pizza. You can't go wrong :)"
Dined on 12/27/2013
Backspace was outstanding! It is
very cozy & quiet. Very relaxed vibe. You will sit very close to other diners, but I think that adds to the experience. The service was very good; our waiter made excellent course & wine recommendations. He suggested one appetizer, one antipasti and one pizza. We ordered 2 pizzas because we couldn't decide and we ended up with a lot of leftovers. The fennel sausage and arugula bianchi pizzas are wonderful. Tucked away on a side street away from the bustle of 6th St., this spot is a gem!"
Dined on 12/22/2013
Loved the Backspace! Have been
looking for good pizza in Austin. Found it! And the antipasti were flavorful and inventive, although a bit small on portions."
Dined on 12/24/2013
Very small dining area and bar
behind their sister restaurant Parkside. Limited menu but that is for me is a good thing. Trust your server for recommendations. The "large plates" are more like small plates but again are priced well. Our party of four had two pizzas (thin Italian style crust), meatballs, ricotta and the brussel sprouts. We split one dessert and were full but not stuffed. Fantastic flavors although the sprouts could have used either a little more salt or a light sauce of some kind. A great downtown find."
Dined on 12/19/2013
The wood fired pear appetizer was
fantastic. Small place so make a reservation."
Dined on 12/19/2013
Appetizers were a little blah, but
the pizzas were fantastic, authentic Neopolitan-style pies."
Dined on 12/5/2013
Came here for a semi-romantic
dinner with my girlfriend for her birthday. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was delicious - had the lamb meatballs (excellent but a little salty), the mushroom antipasti (pass on this), and the pepperoni pizza which was one of the best pizzas I've had in Austin. Wine selection was great as well. Only issue we had was the noise level. Once the place filled up a little, it became difficult to have a conversation without yelling at your parter, due to the tables being much too close together and general design of the restaurant."
Dined on 12/3/2013
I liked that they only serve a few
things in order to do them well. The mushroom pizza was outstanding, however the mozzarella and tomato anti pasta not so much."
Dined on 12/1/2013
. . . . . lots of energy flowing
through this little place. Good food, top-notch service, good wine selection and Mexican Coke! Try the roasted autumn squash antipasti - its unlike any squash dish you've ever had. The pizza crust was crispy on the outside, but still chewy on the inside (ask for extra sauce - it's money!). The baked ricotta was kind of bland, but the tomatoes made up for it. Ended the meal with dessert which was the salted caramel something or another. It had the wife and I talking about it two days later. We'll be back next month!"
Dined on 11/30/2013
Been trying to get into Backspace
for awhile now. Finally made a reservation for Saturday night for myself and my husband. We had great wine and great food with an intimate atmosphere. Was great!"
Dined on 11/30/2013
Took my parents who were visiting
from Colorado and they thought the pizza was better than any brick oven restaurant they had dined at."
Dined on 11/29/2013
The only main course is pizza, but
it is very good. The appetizers are great. Very limited seating, I suggest reservations. An unusual experience but worth the trip."
Dined on 11/19/2013
this was my first time eating
here....won't be the last. great pizza, cool spot try the pork and lamb meatballs for an appetizer...."
Dined on 11/16/2013
The food was great. we had a
couple of antipasta's (they are all cold, but good). Had the margaharita and the roasted mushroom pizza. The former was very good, the latter was fantastic. the service as was so-so. The wait staff seemed bored waiting on customers. The pizza's are fantastic :) -K"
Dined on 11/9/2013
My boyfriend and I were visiting
Austin and the concierge recommended this place. So we walked down to find that we needed a reservation. The girl who greeted us went out of her way to help us find another place within walking distance. The next night we went back with reservations and to our delight the same sweet girl waited on us. So we enjoyed great service and to our delight... The pizza was phenomenal! Sauce was tasted fresh natural light something my great aunt would have made and toppings were tasty and distributed well. Thank you for making "pizza" an experience not just a meal!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
love the wood-fired pizza; happy
hour prices before 6:30 and you must make reservations in advance. Very cozy and intimate."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Ate at Backspace again Saturday
night. As always the appetizers were fantastic and the pizza is the best we have found in Austin. The service was attentive and casual but not intrusive -- just right. Just be forewarned -- the Backspace is tiny and the tables for 4 or 6 are very, very cozy so make sure to go with people you like :)"
Dined on 11/3/2013
This is what I dream of when I
think of a place to just fall in and grab a pizza. Everything about it just struck us right from the friendliness of the hostess and the waiters, they even moved us to a larger table when things quieted down. Pizza was outstanding both for the crust and the sauce. We had one of each, a Margherita and a white pizza with arugula. Appetitzers were oddly small but very tasty. Wish there was a place like it in my neighborhood in L.A. or N.Y. I'd be there every week."
Dined on 10/28/2013
This is excellent pizza. Made in a
brick oven, and the best crust you can find anywhere in Austin."
Dined on 10/19/2013
We had an amazing time at
Backspace! Amazing food, fabulous service, and wonderful overall experience. Pizza was delightfully crispy, chewy and cooked perfectly. The flavors and simplicity of ingredients was spot on!"
Dined on 10/13/2013
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