Friday, December 28, 2012

Pinthouse Pizza

Pizza and beer. Is there a better combination? Okay, so maybe my mom's homemade potstickers and kim chee are a better combination, but that's not always available, so sometimes you have to settle for pizza and beer. For those days, the new(ish) Pinthouse Pizza is there for you.

My first visit to Pinthouse was on a Friday night, after a particularly stressful day. It was LOUD. It was crowded. We had to hover over people for a while before we finally scored spots at the large communal tables that make up the majority of Pinthouse's seating. All of which, oddly enough, was just what I was wanting that night.

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Full house.

With over 40 craft beers on the menu (including several house-made offerings), there's a little something for everyone. One of my favorite local beers, Live Oak Hefeweizen, was there. I also tried my first (and definitely not my last) Left Hand Milk Stout here. Delicious. 

In the pizza category, we tried a couple of different pies - an Armadillo (olive oil, artisan sausage, ricotta, cilantro, and poblano peppers) and a Cannonball (crumbled sausage, bacon, pepperoni, Canadian bacon). 

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The Armadillo

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Cannonball! (a word that demands to be shouted)

I loved the sausage and the fluffy, mild ricotta on the Armadillo, but wasn't fond of the poblano peppers in this context - I'm usually a poblano fan, but the way these were delivered made them taste too much like green peppers, which I don't love. The Cannonball (!) was surprisingly tasty, and I regretted having written it off as "boring" when I'd heard we were ordering one. 

As we were finishing up, my friend asked, "Top five pizzas in Austin?" Unfortunately, probably not - but maybe top ten? I can easily think of five pizzas I like much better (Bola Pizza, East Side Pies, Little Deli, Giovanni's, and Mandola's prosciutto and arugula), but from there the field drops off pretty quickly. That said, the festive atmosphere, the excellent beer selection, and Pinthouse's proximity to our house (also, their great lunch deal - small pizza, your choice of four generously-sized salads, and a drink for $9.50) will likely mean that I'll be back with some regularity, nonetheless.

12 comments:

  1. *Ahem*...Via 313 Pizza?? *cough-ahem* :)

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    1. @Unknown - I did think Via 313 was great for deep dish, but deep dish isn't usually my first choice...

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  2. I went for a working lunch so I didn't get to try out thier extensive beer selection. Their lunch special is really reasonable and it was dead so no wait. Despite those bonuses, I wasn't really bowled over by the pizza. I tried the Milano and it was only meh.

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    1. Shelley, I can't say that I disagree with your assessment. I wasn't bowled over, either. It's good pizza, but not amazing. Still, overall not a bad place to grab pizza and a great beer in our 'hood!

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  3. Great review! I still have to check this place out. And your pizza list is great. Giovanni's has become our go-to pizza, but we'd happily meet you at Little Deli anytime!

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  4. We have the same favorite pizza from Mandola's. I knew it.

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  5. I read on Yelp or Google+ that they are trying to work on the noise factor. I may wait to check it out until then! :)

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    1. Julie, I did go again during lunch time and like Shelley said, it was dead. So no noise issues then - and possibly also on less busy nights of the week.

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  6. I've heard great things about the Left Hand Milk Stout. Would love to try one with The Armadilo!

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    1. Come down for a visit, Seth! I'd love to take you to check both out!

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