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The Backspace - Austin
The Backspace - Austin

The Backspace - Austin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebackspace-austin.com
  • Phone: (512) 474-9899
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Cirkiel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. We also offer valet parking for $10
A word from The Backspace - Austin
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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Diner Reviews
  • "I was in town for a bachelorette party and we wanted a nice Italian dinner. This is perfect. Unprentious while having delicious food, a beautiful ambiance, and great service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "What a delightful find. Backspace is a small, intimate space filled with vibrancy and great food. Try the specials and the great olives with focaccia bread. The bread is toasted in a cSt iron skillet in the same wood burning oven that will bake your pizza to perfection. We had the pizza special that had arugula and heirloom tomatoes. A great combination that paired well with the mozzarella and San Marzano base. Crisp, thin and full of flavor. We are looking forward to our return visit."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • " Enjoyers of Neapolitan pizza will likely find their distinctive preparation of this type of food to be well worth a savour. Utilizing a wood-fired brick oven at temperatures of 482-538 degrees Celcius, they quickly concoct a pizza at once delicate yet chewy. The base of these dishes bears a resemblance to a crêpe. It should be of absolute interest to any aesthetes of the gastronomical variety. On to more practical matters: expect to secure a reservation well in advance if visiting during peak periods. Should one find themselves preferential to pleasing their senses to the palette of wine, take notice that a special arrangement might likely need to be sought if this activity will consume much more than an hour's worth of time."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Pizza and antipasti were very good. However, the staff does an excellent job making you feel unwelcome upon arrival, even if you hold a reservation. I would hate to see how they treat walk in customers. The indifferent hipster thing gets kind of old - go back to the basics of providing warm, welcoming hospitality to your customers."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food inc. Interesting small ate appetizers. Laid back vibe, yummy desserts. One of our favorites."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We took a large group of ladies there for lunch this week. The service extremely attentive & very happy to accommodate any & every request. There is currently some construction in front of the restaurant, but do not be deterred...fabulous setting & fabulous food!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The waitress took forever to greet us. Then she started to work on her side work. In fact, when we received our bottle of wine she was in such a hurry that she didn't realize she didn't fill everyone's wine. Slammed it down back on the table and rushed to go polish silver wear. We had to physically stand up for just about everything that we needed to pull our server from her side work. (That is of course when she was actually in backspace and had not disappeared into park side) I even got so frustrated halfway through that I asked her if she was waiting tables at park side too. She remained oblivious to the fact that we were upset and giggled. The closing manager would walk in and out but did not walk by and ask how we were. Food was so-so"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was very good but did not blow our socks off-perhaps it was overhyped to us before we came though. Still-very very tasty and a good price! The pizza was fresh and full of flavors and the anti pasti was all very interesting. The dessert which was a salted caramel panna cotta was very very good and did wow us! The wine was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Atmosphere is perfect...not many tables and overall a small place. Food and service are very good."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Amazing pizza and excellent dessert! The place is very small and located on a small street off busy 6th street so can be hard to find and impossible to park at. We arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday night and they did offer valet for $10. However, since it is 6th street the streets are were closed down as we were leaving. The tables are snug for 6 and I couldn't see fitting more but don't let any of that scare you away. The pizza is worth it and the dessert tops it off. The bianca pizza was my favorite. The roasted mushroom and the sausage were also fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we have been to backspace several times before and were surprised by the quality of the pizza this time. we noticed everyones pizza coming out had a lot of black char on it. ours was no different and it was also a little soggy. ususally the food is always amazing so hopefully it was on off night. 2 pizzas, 1 appetizer and 1 reasonable bottle of wine ($37) was over $80. felt a little expensive for the quality that night."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food and wine selection was outstanding; however, the service left a bad taste. We were on time for an 8 pm reservation (party of six) and we were seated immediately...great first impression! However, had we known "tables are only reserved for one hour" when we made the reservation, we would have chosen differently. Once the food arrived, the waitstaff hovered over our table to the point it was uncomfortable. We felt like we needed to choke down our food and gulp what was in our wine glass once the check came. The service took away from the whole experience, which makes me hesitant to recommend this restaurant if diners want something more than a quick bite of great pizza and a glass of wine."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "So we were there fairly early on a Saturday night. Only one other table was seated. But by 6p it was getting packed. Great service! Meatballs app was awesome! As was the mozzarella. Good wine. A little disappointed in the margherita pizza. The sauce wasn't very flavorful. Pretty bland actually. But otherwise, great place. We would go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nearest you will come to Italy in Texas. Awesome. Sultry, unpretentious, different. Oasis in the middle of 6th madness."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my girl here before going to The Elephant Room. She wanted a place with a brick oven and good pizza. We found it. I wish there were more options on the menu but what they do have they do very well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great dinning experience every time. High quality food and staff is top notch. Can't wait to eat at Backspace again sometime soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been to Backspace numerous times. great food and great wine list. Ditzy waitress this time. One thing that drives me crazy about the place is not being able to get ice. Every liquid is lukewarm--irritating but not enough to keep me away!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went there for my birthday recently and just fell in love with the rustic environment and delicious pizza. Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The crust was to die for. Meatballs were fantastic. Pretty good sized cheeseboard too!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "For me it's all about the bianca pizza. I come in regularly just to have that. Everything else I've had here is very good too but that pizza makes it the best in Austin for me."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "WE love Backspace. It is one of our favorites... We will continue to go there as often as possible. We love to sit at the bar and the bartender/waiter is awesome."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Made reservations. Sat right away even though there aren't many tables and even though they were busy. We came for the pizza and it was great. Crust was just right. Topping combos were taste and we'll thought out. Over all a wonderful experience - do recommend! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Nice pizza restaurant with good crust and flavors on toppings. Wine by glass or bottle a little too high unless during happy hour."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Backspace is consistently everything that it should be. Great food and great service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Old World Tavern ambience, excellent service, delicious food. I only wish they had a full bar and not just wine. Perfect for after a 7 or 8pm show if you didn't have an early-bird dinner beforehand. Customers seem to understand and respect the 75min rule on table occupancy. A gem!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The backspace was a spontaneous pick with amazing results. My family and friends flew in from out of state to celebrate graduation. I wanted to eat somewhere different and memorable. We made a reservation and off we went. There was parking right along the street and the hidden nature of the restaurant made the clientele more selective. Food was original, unique, and over the top. The Bianca pizza with proscuitto was delightful. The best part of our service was our waiter, Benji. Charismatic and knowledgable he was willing to put up and get into the celebration with our party of 5. Thank you Backspace."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This place is consistently awesome. Great location. Great food. Great drinks. Love Backspace. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Fresh ingredients, great taste, and authentic style. I recommend to keep it simple and stick with the margherita pizza but they offer other solid options. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Great ambience in this small restaurant. Open fire pizza oven really adds to the character. Pizzas were great with lovely thin bases. Next time we're in Austin we'll go again."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This was my first time at the Backspace, but there is no doubt that I will return. I was looking for a small restaurant where I could have a business lunch without having to deal with a lot of background noise and where we could easily converse. Not only was Backspace great for that, the food was amazing and it could obviously be a very nice place to dine with a date. Intimate settings where you feel tucked together and a nice wine list (which we had to pass up, though incredibly tempting). The staff was attentive without being pushy in any way. We never felt rushed."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I am a pizza junkie... I am very specific on what I like and will write a place off if the pizza is not exactly to my liking... I know... I'm a B. Anyhoo.... this is the ONLY pizza place that has remotely compared to our time in Italy. The pizza is very very close to what we had in Florence and surrounding areas.. SO SO good. Must make reservations, very small place, with small tables. But worth it. They only let you keep your table for about an hour or so... but that's ok, you have to share the love!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "So we have been to Da Michele in Naples and while the Backspace pizza was not the same, it was close and very good. We'll be back..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Had a nice time - great/fast service which was fab because we were seeing a show nearby. Good wine list. Would be nice if the wine prices were more proportioned to the food & food prices. Pizza was light and flavorful! Great little place!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance are always perfect here! Half price wine and antipasto if you can get there before 6:30, too!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My 2nd time in & it was awesome all over again!!!!! Best pizza ever!!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant twice while visiting Austin. The first time I just dropped in and didn't have a reservation. Host fit us in and the service was good. Great pizza!!! Second time we made a reservation for lunch. In my reservation indicated seating preference. When I got there, person kind of misled us a bit on the table the had for us. Had to twist there arm a bit to get at a table I liked (in an empty restaurant :( Then the service was not good at all. Person waiting on us rolled her eyes when paying the bill because I made her walk to the table twice (not on purpose). I even think she was the owner or something. Pizza was great again though."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is very cute and the atmosphere is lovely. The antipasti (starters) are delicious just small so you may want to order a couple if you are sharing with more than 2 people."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This place is a find! The service was outstanding, the staff ensured every detail was fantastic. We had wood fired pizza, brussel sprouts, winter squash and foccacia. There were plenty of vegetarian options and the portions were perfect."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Don't forget to add an egg to the fennel sausage pizza"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town. The meatballs are a must!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014