#56 Enoteca Vespaio, Austin, Texas (Margherita)
You can almost hear the Austinites raging. “OK, I get Backspace, but no Rounders? No Via 313? Where’s Little Deli and Frank & Angie's? How about Home Slice? How does this even make sense? And no Roppolo’s? They made it last year! What happened?” Settle down, Austin. Why are ya’ll so mad, anyway? Have too many New Yorkers infiltrated your ranks? Only explanation.
All of these places were considered by panelists, and a few just missed making this year’s cut. But for an area of the country not traditionally known for being a pizza mecca, it’s an encouraging sign to see Austin raising its pizza game — something you’d expect more pizza pilgrims to be noting for years to come. Meanwhile, it’s time to celebrate the pies of Enoteca Vespaio, whose menu features eight pies, among them a lardo pie, the Pancetta Affumicata (applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, cambozola cheese, and spinach), and the Prosciutto with fontina, arugula, and truffled sunny-side up egg. But if you want the signature pie, you’ll be going with the more simple margherita pie here.