Review: Home Slice Pizza, Austin TX

Congress Avenue in Austin reminds me of the bustling hipster main arteries of both Portland (Hawthorne Blvd, home of

The full-menu (salads, sandwiches, pizza, beer, wine) version of Home Slice occupies one modest sized building that is closed on Tuesdays, the day of my visit. However, directly adjacent is More Home Slice, a pizza-only take-out joint that occupies the end spot of a strip mall. Despite the take-out focus, there are a handful of counters and chairs inside for sit-down pizza inhaling.

Meatball and onions

Prices vary by topping, but the huge slices average about $4 each. I chose a slice of Margherita and one the daily specials, meatballs with onions. Each slice dwarfed the standard paper plate; they are cut from an 18″ pie.

The Margherita pie featured fresh mozzarella and diced Roma tomatoes. The crust was absolutely authentic. It was thin, with a perfectly crisped bottom and a nice chewiness throughout with an al dente finishing crunch at the cornicione. It was foldable, as a NYC slice is supposed to be for those who eat pizza with that unfortunate habit.

The Margherita

Beyond its impeccable crust, this slice was balanced and proportioned, and finished with fresh basil. The fresh mozzarella had an excellent flavor all its own, and the tomatoes were solid role players here. The toppings adhered nicely in the perfectly baked pie.

Under the hood

Underneath, the crust was unremarkable in appearance, showing a consistent golden brown devoid of any char marks. Sometimes, you can see how good the crust is; here, the proof came in the eating.

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Source:: Pizza Quixote