The Backspace - Anderson Lane

4.6
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Backspace is Austin’s first Neapolitan pizzeria, founded in 2010 with it's first location in down town Austin.
The Backspace highlights the best of Italy. Our pizzas are made with Italian-imported flour and tomatoes to reflect Neapolitan-style standards and then cooked in our wood fired brick oven

The Backspace - Anderson brings all the best parts of the original downtown location to Crestview

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 34 people are saying
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SeanK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and went during happy hour so beer/wine and apps were discounted. They did a great job of making it look like their downtown location, but with more space. Look forward to going back.

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vipLewisH
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect
Birthday Celebration
Everyone Enjoyed
Service Ideal
Will Return

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KellyT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This pizza is so delicious and fresh. And the farro salad is our favorite. We've been twice this month!

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SilvesterM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Definitely recommend The Backspace.

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katherineosulli
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server, very attentive and friendly. The food was amazing and it’s the perfect dinner out with a friend or loved one.

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TracyL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our most favorite pizzas in the world!!! We’ve been to Italy in the U.S.A., Chicago, New York, and many other states and this pizza is one of our top 3.

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CarrieG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for sharing and easy to talk as it’s not too loud. Great cocktails and wine selection. Appetizers are to die for!

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vipFoodiemom
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Backspace is consistently fabulous. The fresh pasta is amazing and the service is attentive but not hurried. Terrific happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Happy hour

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vipFoodiemom
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything we ordered and the service was great. We didn’t feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed a much needed night out.

JT
JTATX
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatball sandwich was the bomb, looked heavy, but the bread was very light.

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JamieM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Made note we needed handicap accessible - only one parking spot way far away from the restaurant entrance. Someone was parked there illegally. Wouldn’t really say this place is “handicap accessible”

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just opened. Food was yummy and can’t beat the happy hour prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So thankful for such a lovely place to have lunch on a weekday and bonus is that it’s not downtown! Amazing food and ambiance!

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vipMountainBoy
Austin
93 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Every menu item was excellent.

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Xylla
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant could use one more waiter to help during dinner time. Service was slow due to the girl attending us had too many tables to serve. Things like serving water or pick up dirty dishes we had to ask for it. Attention to detail could be better.

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vipMargarita
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent, however, the timing of dishes arrivingwas poor. People completed appetizers before others arrived. It appeared that managing to-go orders and in-house dining was not optimal.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible service. Rude waitress

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vipBLW84
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in a long time! This is REAL Italian food. Everything tasted amazing, ingredients were fresh and our server was wonderful. Highly recommend everything we tried: the burrata appetizer, green beans with ricotta contorni/side dish, farro salad and buccatini pasta. I seriously considered licking the plate. We've found our new favorite restaurant, and love that it's so close to our house!

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RichardJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food is excellent pizza one of the three best I have had in Austin.
Noise level extremely loud, so loud we changed our order to take out.

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vipBradley
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So good. Family get together for fun and great food. Thanks and can’t want to see you guys hit your stride as we reopen.

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Leeman
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Parking and service were poor.

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MountainCharm
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I enjoy Backspace downtown and was excited to try the new location. The space is lovely and the food did not disappoint. The server seemed unhappy to be there. I understand it is hard right now but it was disappointing for us.

JB
JoshB
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the top happy hours in Austin (not one of those "we'll take $1 off your $10 cocktail" sort of happy hours). Nice open environment, easy vibe from the servers, good food and tasty drinks.

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JaynaJ
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

I think we just ordered the wrong thing... it was a "platter" of chicken parmesan for $32; I guess meant to be a shareable but nothing that special. My hubby ordered a pizza and he said that was great. I'm definitely going back because I liked the vibe and personality of the place - I'll maybe just stick to their pizzas... perhaps the specialty? Ran into some people there that we knew and they are somewhat 'regulars' so definitely reinforces the 'try again' decision!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food, super friendly service, nice spacing between tables (due to pandemic)... standouts were the rigatoni and the arancini.

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vipFoodiemom
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best pizza in town, but so is their pasta, so it makes menu selection really tough!

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vipShaneG
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Happy Hour, service and food were great.

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LeeR
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal at a reasonable price

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vipmjtroia
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time. Food and service was fantastic. Will be back!!

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VanessaM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's pretty pricey for pasta, considering the atmosphere but the food, particularly the spaghetti carbonara was excellent.

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vipBrandonR
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Backspace is a quaint, quiet neighborhood place to hang out. Love that it is in the Brentwood area and walkable from the neighborhood. Pizza was great and the crust was thin enough to be crispy but doughy enough to be indulgent. Chicken Parm platter was plentiful to take home and eat again. Enjoyed the Italian wines they have on tap. Overall great place and hope they stay. Service was great and friendly.

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vipAshleighM
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The ambiance would definitely be better if Covid restrictions were not in place, it’s a large space, and with only a few diners, it’s hard to get a “vibe”, but otherwise it’s perfect! We have been back several times!

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Christine
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great waitress. Don’t think anyone knows this place is there. There was no signs on the building—& no one else came into the building for the 2.5 hours we were there (6:30-9).
Food was great - just weird not a single person walked in all night

FAQs

The Backspace - Anderson Lane offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 474-9899 ext. 2.

The Backspace - Anderson Lane is rated 4.6 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.