Who is killing the great pizza parlors of Austin, Texas?  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
7/28/2005 7:01 am

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Who is killing the great pizza parlors of Austin, Texas?

Okay, it's just one pizza parlor. And it's not dead yet. Although as far as I'm concerned, it might as well be.

My favorite pizza parlor in the whole world was called Pizza Nizza and was located on Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas. What was so great about it? They made the best vegetarian pizza I've ever tasted. It was thick and goopy and probably not as healthy as something vegetarian ought to be, but who cares? If everything vegetarian were that good, I'd have turned vegetarian a long time ago.

There was more to the place, of course, as there always is with great pizza parlors. It was in what appeared to be an old house, and it had a tree growing through the middle of the dining room. It wasn't an outside dining room, and it wasn't a wimpy little tree. It was a big fat tree that you couldn't get your arms all the way around. The place also had window ledges that would attract squirrels. Many times they would jump up on the ledge and we would watch each other eat. It was like having little furry company for lunch. I've had many a lunch with people who weren't half as fascinating.

Now it's gone.

When I was in Austin earlier this month, I discovered that Pizza Nizza had moved. Now it's in a soulless strip mall, completely anonymous and nearly impossible to find, on Bee Cave Road in some place called Rollingwood that looks as if it probably didn't even exist a few years ago. Worse, Pizza Nizza is now take-out and catering only. There's not even a place to sit down. Their website has the gall to make all this sound like a good thing.

Pizza Nizza isn't the first pizza parlor in my life that I've seen convert from a charming restaurant to a take-out only place. It's happened a lot lately, in fact. But Pizza Nizza is by far the best. What happened to it is just tragic.

Are pizza parlors the new drive-in theaters? Will they just be completely gone in a few years?

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/30/2005 7:22 pm

All is not lost, PDB.
I just read today that drive in theatres are making a big comeback in Texas

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

7/31/2005 5:59 pm

I read that too, jayR. Maybe they'll put the pizza parlors in the drive-ins! It's a thought.

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