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First Look: Neapolitan-Style Pies at Bufalina Pizza in Austin, TX

When asked about transitioning from the finance world to the restaurant industry, Steven Dilley humbly explained, "I'm passionate about what I'm doing, so I feel I can make at least something passable." Lifelong food lover casts aside desk job to open a restaurant? The story may be increasingly commonplace these days, but it rarely fails to inspire. No less so in the case of the half Italian, half Taiwanese chef, who returned to Austin after a decade in NYC to embrace his passion for cooking. Three years later, and his dream has finally been realized, in the form of Bufalina, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria. More

Austin: Bola's Mobile Wood-Fired Oven Pizza

Bola started as a Tuesday night pizza gathering with friends, family, food writers, chefs, line cooks, and too many plus-ones to name, where Christian and his wife Jamie toyed with doughs and toppings. And the official taste-tester? Their dog Bola, the namesake. "After years of doing that every other Tuesday, people started asking me for pizza classes," Christian said. More

Have You Ever Had Good Airport Pizza?

Trekking across the country can be as tough on your patience as it is on your stomach, and with most airlines offering pretty lackluster in-flight dining options, grabbing a bite during a layover is usually a smarter option. When hunger struck on a layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, I opted for a Margherita pizza from Real Food Company. More

Ridiculous Feats of Endurance at Home Slice Pizza's Carnival O' Pizza

Home Slice Pizza in Austin recently threw their 5th annual pizza carnival. The carnival raised over $15,000 for Habitat Young Professionals. But what the Home Slice Carnival O' Pizza is perhaps best known for is its wacky endurance contests: namely the pizza eating contest and the Hands On An Eggplant Sub (HOES) contest. The winner of each gets free pizza at Home Slice for an entire year. More

Home Slice Brings a Slice of NYC to Austin, Texas

There is a restaurant in New York City called Hill Country, which is patterned after the barbecue meat markets that surround Austin, Texas. The barbecue at Hill Country is a pretty close approximation of what you can get in Texas, essentially mimicking the menu at Kreuz Market in Lockhart to the point of importing their sausages. Truth be told, it is not quite in the same league as the barbecue down in the Lone Star State, but for a homesick Texan it will offer a slice of home. Similarly, Home Slice Pizza in Austin will offer a homesick New Yorker a taste of home in the form of pizza. More

Pizza Blog: Seth Mazow's 'Year of the Pizza'

[Photograph: Year of the Pizza] Speaking of Home Slice Pizza in Austin, Texas, I just realized that I'd never really given proper attention to the blog Year of the Pizza here on Slice. It was started last year by Seth Mazow after he worn a contest at Home Slice. He outlasted three other people in keeping his hands on a sub sandwich. For that, he won a year of free pizza at the pizzeria. Anytime he walked through the door, he was entitled to a large pizza with unlimited toppings. Q: Have you gained weight? A: Not yet. I... More

Home Slice Pizza in Austin Does the Real R&D

A crack team of *real* pizza researchers. [Photographs: Home Slice Pizza] OK, so I'm going to reference that darn MetaFilter thread about Domino's again. Someone there said, "I felt bad when the head chef and one other person said that the Domino's hate really struck them hard. At the same time, though, I couldn't help but think... haven't they ever eaten Domino's pizza?" Exactly. I felt kinda bad for them too. We all know what it's like to work on something and then have someone shit all over it.... More

Quick Profile on Jay Jerrier of Il Cane Rosso

[Photograph: canerosso.tumblr.com] Dallas-area pizzaiolo Jay Jerrier, co-owner of Dallas's Campania, gets some press for his mobile-pizza-oven operation, Il Cane Rosso on the Dallas Observer's food blog, City of Ate. You may already know Jerrier as canerosso here on Slice, so you won't be surprised that he's pretty damn opinionated about his preferred style of pizza—Neapolitan. [After the jump, where to find Il Cane Rosso.]... More

My Pizza Oven: Mark Graban, Fort Worth, Texas

I'm happy to highlight Mark Graban's pizza oven here on the site today. Mark was actually the first Slice reader to ever contact me and send me links and info about a backyard pizza oven. This must have been back in early 2007 or so. Since then, I've checked in on his blog* periodically to see what he's up to. Without further ado, let's fire up this Q&A! --The Mgmt. [Photographs: Mark Graban] When did you put it in? Our inspiration for the oven was the world-famous (rightfully so) Pizzeria Bianco. My wife and I used to live in Phoenix,... More

Photo of the Day: Big Pizza, Little Kid

From the blog Home & Season: We headed home, then ordered in some pizza, from Big Lou’s….OMG this is the pizza to die for…absolutely delicious. Everything is made from scratch. We’ve met the owner, he’s a down to earth guy. The biggest pizza you can order is 42″…I’m not kidding. Then you have to pay $5.00 extra for the box, oh and you need a truck or a van to fit the pizza if you’re ordering out! And you must have a big crowd to feed or you’ll be having pizza for the next two days! Here’s a pic... More

Bogey's Pizza & Guns, a Combination Pizzeria and Gun Shop

Bogey's Pizza & Guns seems like it might be legit, according to the website Neatorama, which found a website, reports of people visiting, and a phonebook listing. When I called, however, the shop said it was "closed for a couple of weeks," with no definitive date to mark the temporary closing or reopening. I'm still skeptical until I can get verification, but it's fun to think it might be real. And, heck, there have been weirder combos—like this sneaker shop burger joint. Bogey's Pizza & Guns 113 County Road 1604, Clifton TX 76634 254-622-2005; bogeys-gunshop.magix.net/website... More

Brooklyn Grimaldi's vs. Texas Grimaldi's

If you don't follow the comings and goings of coal-oven pizzerias around the country—and, really, if you're halfway normal, why would you?—then you may not know there are other Grimaldi's outside the New York City area. Sure, you might know about the Hoboken Grimaldi's, but, wait ... there's one in Texas? Say wha? Yes, there are a handful in Texas and the Southwest, all (or most) rocking coal ovens, from what I can tell. Also, from what I can piece together, they are loosely affiliated with the original only in that a different set of owners licensed the name... More

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