The Backspace - Austin

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$31 to $50
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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. The Backspaces dining room in now open and operating within all recommended social distancing standards from the state and CDC. A mask is not required but highly encouraged when not at a table. While we are allowing walk-ins, we do encourage making reservations to ensure a table and to help us maintain proper distancing. For more information on other steps we are taking to help ensure the safety of our community, please reach out to us directly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great little place.

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Michele
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best pizza we ever had. Great service. Nice atmosphere.

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GinaM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and top notch service. Given the requirements for social distance, we made reservations for 8:30 and the small staff did an amazing job with the 4 different groups at the restaurant while managing all the to-go orders.

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Taygre
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little place with wood fired pizza made right by the bar

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mikes
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the meatballs, they were outstanding and the marinara pizza, also outstanding. Service was great.

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Greg
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends.

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CharlesN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great. Amazing space with a great menu

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GracefullyT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very small and intimate spot. They have a wood fire oven for making homemade pizza. It is a perfect place for date night.

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ChristyC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Team is super friendly and attentive. I love the small space that makes me feel like I am at a hidden sweet spot in NYC. The Farro Salad is delicious, something I now crave. Pizza is classic Neapolitan pizza with high quality ingredients.

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vipHappyheartsnow
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Cozy and unique and it never disappoints. The food and service are exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint nice pizza joint!! Calm and dark, had a great time with my group.

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vipBawlmerhon
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We were just looking for a place we could walk to from the hotel after checking in. What a find! Their Neopolitan pizza is LEGIT, my wife and I would put it on par with Matt Bianco's in Phoenix. Seriously. And their Garden Board appetizer is worth the trip even if you don't feel like a pizza -- roasted and pickled/marinated vegetables, olives and pepitas.

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SimonJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pizza in small local restaurant with good buzz and nice environment. Downside was leaving smelling of fire / ash from the open over.

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vipAtreyu
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza dough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best dining experiences. I loved everything about it including the food and service. We had to wait a little longer for our reservation and the manager bought us a round of drinks and dessert. Great customer service. I will definitely visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my friend’s birthday and our waitress (I wish I could remember her name!) went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us celebrate. I can’t tell you how much it meant!

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vipKatieM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around! We celebrated a birthday here and backspace when above and beyond to make the experience special

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great date night place, and is small and intimate. Would recommend a reservation on busy nights. Food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

the pizza was wonderful. but no wines under $50? this isn’t Dubai. that’s just greedy. won’t be coming back...

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HappyChiGuy
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time and enjoyed the experience. Will definitely be back.

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Maria
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

It’s been 2 years since I’ve been to The Backspace. The quality of service has gone way down. We arrived for our 5:15 reservation and were one of two tables in the restaurant. Our server (didn’t grab her name but long black hair) provided terrible service. She cut us off several times when asking questions and one time turned and left the table as my mom was in mid sentence! My mom tried to be overly nice to the server, but we never got a smile out of her. Everyone has their bad days, but wow.

We ordered the Farro salad that contained very, very little salad. It was a bowl full of the farro grain with a couple leafs of arugula. Bland in taste. Stay away.

Our salami pizza, which I’ve had many many times in the past, was wonderful on many levels - good crust and good sauce. But the big pieces of salami have been replaced with Pizza Hut style pepperoni, and the basil was almost non-existent.

I would’ve recommended The Backspace from a few years ago, but not anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. One of my favorite go-to spots.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I love trying new restaurants around Austin, especially smaller, independently owned. I was excited to try this small restaurant. When we arrived, they took note of my reservation request and accommodated without trouble. The staff were attentive and super kind. I appreciated everyone i interacted with. The food, however, was not worth it. We ordered the meatballs, Caesar salad, and a pepperoni pizza to share with my colleague. The meatballs were dry and not very flavorful. The sauce was delicious. The salad was mediocre - it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t outstanding. There were incredibly large pieces of veggies that were awkward to eat without chopping through the salad. Dressing was ok but overwhelming a bit. The pizza - i was very disappointed. The crust was crispy but the pizza didn’t feel all of the way done. It was - or i would have sent back. the pepperoni wasn’t exactly as i would have expected - the middle and bottom was barely hot but the edges burnt. The cheese was melted but not completely. The crust was completely done - almost over. The ingredients didn’t taste remarkable or i would have just suggesting a miss in the cooking oven.

The drink recommendations were amazing, though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the meatballs , pizza and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great fancy pizza. Went here for a business lunch with a colleague. Ordered the pepperoni pizza and added prosciutto which was a real winner. Also ordered the chicken saltimboca which was good, but chicken was a little (not a lot) dry.

The meatball appetizer was also very tasty.

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DeginaldW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friendly staff and amazing environment, food tasted great, will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Pizza was great. Bartender was friendly. Excellent coffee and dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this space. It's always great food, service, and atmosphere.

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Schmerrett
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go-to and a favorite!! Love Backspace for a nice dinner but still pretty casual. Perfect date night, dinner with friends, or for an easy dinner spot after friends/family land and check into their hotel. All around, great option!!

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem! The pizza was incredible and their service and staff were great!!!

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vipmonicah
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza and salad. Very small interior. I would think unwed a reservation

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MarciD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I had visited The Backspace previously and had an enjoyable experience. I took my family there on Sunday night. The restaurant had most tables filled. Our waiter took awhile to come to our table. We ordered the vegetarian anti pasta platter for an appetizor, a Caesar Salad, a couple of pizzas, baked ricotta and the meatballs.

The Caesar was too heavily dressed. The meatballs were dry. The pizza came out before the appetizors which was fine. The waiter then brought the meat lovers anti pasta and placed it on our table. We reminded him that we ordered the vegetable one and the meat lovers platter was removed. The vegetarian platter finally arrived as the last dish. By that point, we were ready to leave.

Probably won't return

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vipbike2work
Austin
78 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza and wine list. Wonderful friendly service.

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vipTandAMD
New England
89 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Basic pizza and salads but well done. Interesting decor. Clientele a bit on younger side but if you are in the mood for pizza and a glass of wine in a comfortable setting go for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite places in Austin. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. Thank you Backspace!!

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HeatherB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food never disappoints at Backspace! The only downside is the size of the venue and seating situation. Seating is so tight that if you are not seated on the edge, and have people dining next to you, it's near impossible to get up and use the restroom... You are wedged in pretty tightly.

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thefoodgoob
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Austin, and it's one of two Neapolitan-style pizza restaurants in the US that we've found that truly matches the quality of the best pizza my husband had when he visited Naples, Italy. And the ambiance and quality of food make it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions without having to spend an outrageous amount of money, and the service is always excellent. The only thing that could make it better would be if it was located in North Austin so that we could make it there more often. :)

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vipvisitingnapa
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was outstanding, true Neapolitan style w thin crispy crust and fresh ingredients. The meatball appetizer and the salad were also great. The place was hopping but the staff was on top of it, with just the right amount of attention vs leaving us alone. Melinda was especially good.

Will definitely tell friends about this place.

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NancyL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white pizza (Blanca) was perfectly balanced. Crust was perfect thickness and texture. The citrus touch on the arugula was just right. Quaint place, delicious food, nice service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

This place came recommended to us. I reserved our table on Open Table. Upon walking in you notice the amazing smoky aroma of the wood burning pizza oven. The decor is rustic and chic. The lighting is a bit too dim for my preference. The menu was limited but what we ordered was very good. All of this would’ve been the stuff of a pretty good review except the service was such a disappointment. We got a tall skinny male server who, in this tiny restaurant, couldn’t show us to our table but merely pointed! I had questions about the menu but he disappeared and was hard to find so when he finally showed back up, we ordered. Had he suggested appetizers we would’ve ordered them but he didn’t. My artichoke pizza was fabulous and my daughter loved the mozzarella tomato pizza. This is the part that I couldn’t believe: at the end of the meal our waiter brings the check and after a few minutes he starts back to come pick it up. I’m holding it out to hand it to him but the guy at the next table decides he wants to pay now, too. So the waiter stops midway to me, CHANGES DIRECTION, and picks up the ticket for the other customer! I couldn’t believe it. The only thing I could figure is the waiter felt more compelled to serve the single male sitting by himself versus the mom and daughter even though we had been there longer. Unbelievable. Additionally, I paid with a $100 bill and you’d think I paid in foreign currency, it took an excessively long time to receive my change back. I was seriously about to go up to him at the counter to help him out but he FINALLY returned with my change and it was close to correct!

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

The Backspace - Austin is rated 4.7 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

The Backspace - Austin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=thebackspace.

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