Austin pizza lovers have plenty of reason to rejoice, as the market has exploded in the past year or so. In addition to the expansion of local outfits like Via 313, Salvation Pizza, Bufalina, and Home Slice, several chains have entered the Austin pizzeria space, including many out-of-state franchises and customizable pie shops. Read on to learn more about which fast-casual pizza joints have arrived in Austin in the past two years or are on the way.
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza —The New Jersey-based fast-casual pizza franchise opens its first Texas location at the Shops at Arbor Walk. The first 10 guests through the door on Thursday, March 31 will receive free pizza for a year.
Pie Five Pizza — Another fast-casual, customizable pizza franchise, this one out of Dallas, has two locations opening in Georgetown and Pflugerville soon.
Pizzeria Matchbox — From D.C., Matchbox, known for thin crust pizza and miniburgers, is looking for an Austin location because it's a "hot city." The Dallas site is already open.
Donato’s — The already massive Ohio chain has lofty goals to add 150 locations in Texas, including Austin, though nothing is set in stone yet. Donato’s is famous for the Edge-to-Edge pie, where the entire pizza surface is covered in toppings.
Pizzeria Vetri — With the help of Urban Outfitters, Marc Vetri ventured outside of Philadelphia for the first out-of-state location of his pizzeria within the retail store’s Space 24 Twenty last fall.
Blaze Pizza — The California-based, LeBron James-backed chain opened in Lakeline Commons in December 2015.
Mod Pizza — This Seattle-based build-your-own pizza chain opened up three Austin locations: the first next to the Mueller Torchy's Tacos and West Lake Hills both in early April 2015, followed by the third in Anderson Mill.
100 Pizzitas — Austin doesn't have very many international restaurant chains, but that didn't stop this Spanish outfit from opening up its first stateside location in the funky bungalow on East 7th in summer 2015.
Gino's East — The Chicago outfit brought its iconic deep dish pies to Dirty Sixth in the summer of 2015.
Pieology — According to Business Insider, this California-based chain is the fastest-growing chain in America. Its second Austin-area location, along with Cedar Park, with a third one out in San Marcos, is now open in Mueller.
Uncle Maddio's — The first Texas franchise of the Atlanta-based custom pie joint opened its doors in Sunset Valley in December 2014.
PizzaRev — The fast-casual, Chipotle-style pizza place opened its first franchise in Round Rock in August 2014.