“Hip” casual and affordable, the backspace offers Neapolitan-style pizzas, including classics like the Margherita and Marinara, as well as a rotating selection of hot and cold antipasti. The all-Italian wine list features 20 bottles, with choices by the glass. Peroni Italian beer on draft. Easy and urban, the restaurant seats just 30 diners, half at tables and the rest around the convivial bar. Local designers Michael Hsu and Kasey McCarty restored the historic 130-year-old building to its original luster. The centerpiece of the backspace is a Forni Cirigliano wood-fired pizza oven, custom-made and shipped over from Naples, the only one like it in Austin.

Fennel Sausage Pizza – mozzarella, tomato, fennel sausage roasted pepper, garlic

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