7101-A Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757
I know I am a food enthusiast and thus can get carried away easily and maybe the very act of eating good food also feeds my soul, but the ambiance and food of Little Deli & Pizzeria could really nurture any one’s soul, foodie or not. Last night, Alan randomly picked a new place for us to try for dinner and decided to keep it a surprise. As he meandered down quiet and obscure residential streets under the knowing guidance of GPS, I was wondering where exactly is he taking me? There is a restaurant in this sleepy neighborhood?
Thankfully, GPS proved once again reliable and lead us to a neighborhood deli and pizzeria named for exactly what it is, Little Deli & Pizzeria. Planted across a parking lot of a pharmacy also named for exactly what it is, “Pharmacy.”
Pharmacy named “Pharmacy”
We went inside and ordered at the counter the Pizza Margherita (fresh mozzarella, cherub tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil) for $18.50. The seating inside is a little cramped. Outside there are wooden picnic tables and a gazebo with counter space. Shaded with a light evening summer breeze, we seated ourselves on a picnic bench outside. It took 15 minutes as promised for our pizza to bake. It was while we were sitting outside that the restaurant and location charmed us. There was no city buzz. Just neighborhood people jogging and walking through the parking lot. The deli, for being tucked away and so quiet, had people in and out constantly with sandwich and pizza orders. People who walk to pick up their take out. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt immersed in a real neighborhood.
He’s telling me to dig in.
The pizza arrived and it’s gorgeous. Smells of basil and garlic delightfully enticed us.
Little Deli, Big & Beautiful Pizza
Taste so good and rivals Austin’s beloved Homeslice. Thin, crisp crust, melted mozzarella that pulls, stretches, and clings onto the crust. The cherub tomatoes give way to a burst of flavor upon chomp. Such a simple and winning combination, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.
Eeek, together, we had 6 slices of pizza.
It was so good we had a hard time stopping. Most times after I stuff myself silly, I have feelings of regret and lots of abdominal pain. Neither were present after my slices.
We were both very taken by Little Deli & Pizzeria. Alan’s already talking about going back to try more pizzas and order some sandwiches to go. I’m happy we found a place up north when the craving for pizza strikes!
Tiny little acting studio
Behind me, Alan kept spotting all sorts of people, eclectically attired and shaped walk in. There’s a barbershop at the other end of the strip and a tiny tiny hole between barbershop and Little Deli. We tried speculating throughout the meal, gauging by the clientele what kind business the hole was. Alan’s final guess was tiny gym. It turned out to be a tiny acting studio! With an adorable name, might I add.
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