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Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

Yes. Rauf left Bess and is now working at Olivia.

Sep 03, 2008
Willing1 in Austin

The best pizza deal in town

I believe our waiter told us that they used a special pizza stone, but I could be mistaken. Either way, it tastes just like a pizza from a wood-fired oven.

Jun 10, 2008
Willing1 in Austin

The best pizza deal in town

Hands down, it's the happy hour deal offered at the Red House Lounge on Manor, the cool little bar attached to Stortini. Ever since a certain trend making Italian restaurant downtown closed a few years ago, I forgot how much I missed good quality pizza. If you like your pizza the way pizza is meant to be prepared--old world style, thin and crispy with just the right amount of cheese--this is the place for you.The kitchen at Stortini spits out some of the best pizza in Austin. (Definitely the best East of I-35. East Side Pies? So overrated and so overpriced).

Although Stortini doesn't have a wood-fired brick oven like that Warehouse District joint I miss so much, I think they use a pizza stone that approximates the flavor and texture of a wood-fired pizza. They offer five different choices: a margherita pizza, pepperoni pizza, sausage pizza, white pizza, and an artichoke pizza. (They also serve Calzone, which I've been meaning to try if I could only break myself from the grip of their margherita).

Get there before 7 p.m. M-F and you can order any of these for half-price. Six bucks for a large, scrumptious, perfectly cooked margherita pizza loaded with garlic and basil? Yes, please.

Check it out. It's located on Manor Rd just east of I-35, about a block past El Chile.

Jun 10, 2008
Willing1 in Austin

BBQ

When the Mueller's on Manor closed a couple of years ago, Ruby's claimed the top spot on my Best Austin BBQ list. I love Ruby's. Great brisket, smoked chicken, and sides. (Btw, if you hear someone put "best barbecue" and "TheSalt Lick" in the same sentence, you should disregard their opinion).

May 27, 2008
Willing1 in Austin