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Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.: The Backspace

Carrie Ryan

The Backspace, Austin, TX

What does a CIA graduate who has worked at The French Laundry and Café Boulud, then opened his own restaurant Parkside to critical acclaim, do next? Lucky for Austin, chef Shawn Cirkiel chose to cook pizza in a wood-fired brick oven from Naples at a temperature of 900 degrees. Pizza topped with fennel sausage, mozzarella, roasted peppers, and garlic; pizza pepperoni Americano with picante salame, tomato, mozzarella, and basil; pizza bianca with arugula, mozzarella, ricotta, and pecorino Romano; and roasted mushroom pizza with ricotta, tomato, capers, and thyme. Don’t forget to add farm egg and prosciutto for the full desired effect.



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