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The Backspace - Austin
The Backspace - Austin

The Backspace - Austin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebackspace-austin.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "Some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town. The meatballs are a must!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Let's start with the ricotta and mushroom pizza. There was a delicious infusion of lemon in the ricotta, that just made for the most fantastic contrast between creamy and zingy!! And then came the salted caramel panna cotta. Two words: dear God! This dessert just explodes with flavor in your mouth with the most delicious, taste bud stimulating dance of both sweet and savory! Then you have the crunchy biscotti that I just used to pick up the luscious whipped cream with the panna cotta and I reached heaven! As if the pizza was not good enough, you can just go to this place for that dessert! Amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have been to The Backspace at least 5 times, each time bringing someone to join me on a palate adventure. It's a great place to have a delicious bite of fantabulous Italian food, it makes me think of a spot you could just tuck away in while vacationing in Italy."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Backspace is my go-to pizza spot in Austin and a delicious, reasonably-priced romantic meal location. I've been quite a few times and every time it's an awesome experience. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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