The Backspace

$ $ $
507 San Jacinto Blvd (btwn 5th & 6th St.)
Austin, TX 78701
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

With a pedigree that includes a degree from the CIA, and stops at The French Laundry and Café Boulud, it’s not a huge surprise that chef Shawn Cirkiel has found success with his restaurant Parkside. But culinary degrees and hifalutin restaurant experience don’t necessarily mean you can make a great pizza.

Lucky for Austin, Cirkiel can, serving pizza cooked in a wood-fired brick oven from Naples at a temperature of 900 degrees. There are six pies at The Backspace, featuring toppings like fennel sausage, fig and gorgonzola, picante salame, and bacon marmellata, but according to the restaurant, the most popular pie is the Bianca, a pizza with arugula, mozzarella, ricotta, and pecorino romano.

Whether it's downed with an aranciata like in Naples, or Texas-style with a glass bottle of Mexican Coke, well… that’s up to you.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



  • This cozy spot shares space with a 2,700-pound Neapolitan brick oven firing rustic, insanely good pizza. For antipasti, we flip for the roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and Pecorino Romano.
  • backspace will be open for lunch during SXSW!
  • Being from Europe and a frequent Italy visitor: the oven-baked pizza's here are true Italian and probably the best in Austin. While you there, try one of their delicious wines.
  • Great spot for a pizza, salad and a bottle of vino. Calm spot in a sea of 6th street chaos.
  • Very Very Tiny Place Make a Reservation
  • The bar stools are so uncomfortable. Don't have date nights here.
  • One of my favorite spots in Austin! And yes the crust is supposed to have spots of char! Start with the meat and cheese platter. And for sure save room for the chocolate budino dessert.
  • Pizza with arugula. Whoa.
  • Good food but I was expecting more of a dirty, self-regrettable experience.
  • It says it's a pizzeria but it feels more like a cozy wine bar! Two thumbs up!
  • Delicious pizza!
  • Hard to find but worth your time! Only draft beer they have is Peroni, but that's all you need.
  • All is good in the world when Backspace is open for lunch durring sxsw!!!!
  • awesome pizza! get speck as an appetizer. I approve!
  • Best pizza in town
  • Solid but expensive. Prosciutto and mozzarella app is good.
  • Great pizza, appetizers, DESSERTS!!!!, wines and staff.
  • Good lamb meatballs. Service was surprisingly slow for pizzas that bake 2 minutes in the oven.
  • A small but spacious place - slightly pricey, but nice wine.
  • Easy & urban new pizzeria tucked away off 6th Street. Killer $10 Neapolitan-style pizzas!

Nearby places

320 E 6th St (btwn Trinity & San Jacinto)
301 E 6th St (at San Jacinto Blvd)
801 Red River St (at E 8th St)