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Bufalina Pizza
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Today 5:30 – 11:30 pm
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1519 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702, United States
1519 East Cesar Chavez StreetUSTexasAustin78702
$Pizza Restaurant, BarToday 5:30 – 11:30 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 5:30 – 11:30 pmThursday 5:30 – 11:30 pmFriday 5:30 – 11:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:30 pmSunday 5:30 – 11:30 pm
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Handcrafted Neapolitan pies with artisanal ingredients join beer & wine in this shabby-chic space.- Google
"Bufalina is thin crust done right."
"They serve the best Neapolitan pizza in Austin."
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Sheila de Guzman
2 weeks ago
After nearly a year searching for the best margherita pizza in town, Bufalina delivered! They serve the best Neapolitan pizza in Austin. Let's be clear, this means a chewy, thin dough and simple ingredients on top. I am surprised that Austin doesn't have a Vera Napoletana restaurant yet, so I was excited to find a restaurant that understood you don't need to heap ingredients on a pie to make it good. Parking is of course tight, but there are a few spots on the side. Seating is limited, so anticipate a wait; I was by myself and it took about 45 minutes at 6:30pm on a Thursday. I also got a salad which was creatively dressed and stacked instead of tossed in a bowl. Very clean and modern - perfect for a classy casual date or girl's night.
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Chantal Pham
4 months ago
A friend raved about this place and I was dissapointed. Maybe because I took it for takeout that it was not good? The pie was soggy and chewy. Maybe due to the condensation from being in the box? I ordered a Margherita pizza and it literally had 3 leaves of basil on it. Also, I don't mind if the pizza has a little burnt spots but parts of the pizza had loose soot from the wood oven, which made the pizza taste gross.
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Sarah King
5 months ago
A-mazing. The pizza is fantastic, especially the Fresca. Food is very well priced and the atmosphere is wine bar-esque. The only downfall is that there is always a wait. I considered giving it 4 stars because of that but it's not their fault!
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Kris Umlauf
6 months ago
The ingredients are fresh and excellent quality. The wood-fired crust is tasty and the ends are great, nice and chewy with crispy parts, but the crust platform is too floppy to hold the weight of the ingredients. We tried the Margherita and the Fresca; the Fresca was our favorite. Although the Fresca has no tomato sauce it wasn't dry and it had a lot of flavor. Ingredients include olive oil, mozzarella, large pieces of shaved parmesan, cherry tomatoes and a modest amount (as others have said) of prosciutto. The Estezargues Grenache Syrah was a lovely smooth red blend. The space is cozy and it's a tight fit at the communal table (our server struggled to fit two pizzas plus our plates and glasses into our share of the table space). There is no acoustics quieting feature and the place is loud; it was very difficult to have conversation with my friend seated across the communal table from me.
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Joe Pattavina
7 months ago
My wife and I don't eat pizza too often even though I love pizza. I'm not too picky on the type of pizza, chicago style, new york style, etc. Pizza, if done right, is delicious to me in all forms. The line outside of this place is always long. After getting there and seeing the inside, I can understand why. I think we counted about enough seats for 50 people inside the restaurant at a time. It's pretty small but laid out pretty well. Pricing is about what I expected for a slightly "upscale" pizza joint. There were 4 adults and 2 kids on our group and we spent about $55 which was extremely cheap but I feel like that bill could have easily jumped had everyone ordered their own pizza and drinks. Bufalina is thin crust done right. I wish they had a few more options for toppings but that is pretty much my only complaint.
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K Marie
4 months ago
Great pizza and mozzarella! The wait can be a bit of a hassle especially on the weekends. Wine and beer selection is okay. Nice date spot, small space.
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Evan Trimble
6 months ago
Update: Bufalina continues to excel across the board: food, service, and wine. In all of our visits (12+), I think there's been just a couple service mistakes, and they were minor. The food continues to be stellar. You come here for the pizza, obviously, but the pastas on the appetizer list are excellent, the salads are always interesting yet satisfying and refreshing, and the desserts are good too. Only thing we haven't reordered is the meat board. It's fine, but that's not what we come here for. Still one of my 2 fav restaurants in Austin. Original: Excellent pizza, great service, outstanding wine list, and a nice atmosphere--maybe my favorite restaurant in Austin right now, I've been 4 times so far. Biggest drawback? It's popular, and the wait can be long. The pizza: this is the best of its style (neapolitan) in Austin, hands down. I've tried 'em all except the Tallegio (unfortunately for me, I hate tallegio cheese), and they're all delicious, and very enjoyable. Favorite? Probably the nduja, in part for the surprise of discovering that the onion pizza is so awesome. Appetizers: Have tried most of the them (though it rotates), and enjoyed most everything. The meats and cheeses on each of the samplers are good quality, and well selected, the housemade mozza is excellent, and the salads are usually delightful. One exception: the bibb salad was transcendent the first time we ordered it, with a light, tangy creamy dressing (creme fraiche?) that perfectly complemented the lettuce and radish. But on a second try, the dressing was off: it just had a flat, mild stink, like a one-dimensional cheese. Wine list: There's not many (any?) places in Austin with such a devotion to honest, real, largely natural wine. If you don't know what I mean by this, you could do a lot worse than drinking your way through Bufalina's list as an introduction to wines that are delicious, go well with food, and speak of the place and of the people from whence they came. Only complaint so far: some of their whites should actually be served closer to cellar temp than fridge--but this is digging deep to find something to complain about in a wine list that's totally stellar. Also - the ice cream is excellent. Order it. It's great.
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Kacie Pattavina
6 months ago
It's a long wait if you go during peak hours but the pizza is worth it. It's very small and cozy but never felt overcrowded inside. They have a rotating menu of pizzas and each one we tried was super tasty. It's a little pricier but unique, authentic pizza is worth it to me. Definitely would go back!


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