So I decided to have lunch there yesterday (6/03/09). I had two slices of cheese pizza, a salad, and a drink for $5.99. The price was pretty good. When I got back to work I noticed that the slices looked like they were sitting under a heat lamp all day. I decided to still try the pizza even though they looked old. I took two bites and called the store. I said to the guy who answered the phone "I'm not trying to be a smart @$$, but how old is that pizza?" He said that it was from yesterday. I asked if that is common practice to serve 2 day old pizza. He said they are allowed by law to serve leftovers for 24 hours. I immediately called the Health Department and I will never eat there again. I will also tell as many people I can to avoid this place at all cost. I paid the same price as someone who would get fresh pizza, but mine was leftover from yesterday! I guess they weren't kidding when they picked a name for their restaurant.... SALVATION PIZZA!
Have been making this a monthly luxury. I generally get a pie to go, and have a glass of beer or wine while waiting. The pizza is the best I've had in Austin, and that says a lot after living here for 17 years.
They get it. Crust is divine. Small but great beer selection, and you can get a huge pie for around $20. I usally get a couple meals out of a large.
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This place is great for a small group of people. The ambiance is laid-back hipster with the occasional family. Not many families are willing to pay extra for inventive toppings and atmosphere, though, so it's mostly 20-30-somethings drinking wine/beer chatting with friends/dates. The pizza was very good, but a little overpriced...could have stood a few more minutes in the oven. Would recommend for a weeknight date...parking is limited.
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I've tried most of the pies throughout the city and these are the tastiest. They get the crust right -- always crisp and flavorful ... not that cardboard stuff you end up with most places that feels like just a vehicle for the toppings. The place can get crowded and even take out can take an hour so plan ahead.
Pros: Great crust and delicious toppings
I've been raving about this place since I found it but the last few visits have been very disappointing. Ordered a large #6 last night and got home with a SOGGY mess with very few toppings for over $20. 3/4 ended up in the trash. I guess it's back to the Brick Oven for me. Sorry to see Salvation Pizza dropped from my list of regular places to dine.
Pros: Was a great pizza joint
Cons: Quality is suffering big time
Joined some friends here for half price beer. Four of us ordered the large (which is huge) artichoke and eggplant pizza. It was delicious and more than enough for the four of us. Pretty cool place. Nice vibe for the location. Well worth the visit.
The pizza is consistently fantastic. I'm from NY, so I'm quite picky and was consistently disappointed in Austin until I tried Salvation. They have great crusts, great toppings, and great cheese, so I've been quite contented with every pie I've gotten there. The service, on the other hand, is spotty. At times, it's been very quick despite being slammed, and a few Friday/Saturday nights, I've deeply regretted setting foot in the place. It seems to be getting better over time and I haven't had a bad experience in at least six months, so it's still among my favorite places to eat in Austin.
Pros: Delicious pizza even by a New Yorker's standards
Cons: Spotty service--usually good, occasionally awful
I went to salvation for the first time a couple of months ago and have raved about it since. They have live oak hefeweizen which goes great with the white pie, as well as an assortment of wines and brews. I live near UT Campus and believe me I've tried every pizza place from south first to north loop, Salvation is by far the tastiest. If you live in central austin, or go to UT, Salvation Pizza is a must try.
I have been searching for this kind of pizza salvation since I was in Italy! Perfect thin crust, light on the sauce but not on flavor, REAL cheese...a shame you even have to wonder but real cheese it is! Quite atmosphere inside and great spacious outdoor seating! If you love pizza you must try Salvation! Oh and they are fast at making the pies!
Love the Pizza. Tastes just like the ones I used to get in NYC after a long nite out! Really tasty, crisp think crust, just the right amount of pizzazz in the sauce. The Clam Pizza w/ bacon was awesome. I'd eat here anyday!
Cons: hard to find parking
Very good pizza here. You won't be disappointed. Good beer selection. Great place to hang out.
My husband and I are major pizza lovers and think Salvation Pizza is hands down the best in Austin! The crust is perfectly thin and leaves you feeling satiated instead of full while allowing the sauce and toppings to speak for themselves. Speaking of toppings, Salvation offers a wide variety and also has some of the most unique combinations of toppings out there on their specialty pizzas. And don't miss the salad because the sundried tomato vinaigrette is perfection for the palate.
Pros: Quaint atmosphere, great outdoor deck seating, FABULOUS FOOD!
Cons: Any that come to mind are overshadowed by the delicious pizza!
This could be the Salvation of Austin pizza - great and varied pizza, personal feeling, not a chain and not gimmicky. This is a place where what you see is what you get. . . and the pizza is superb. Try to go a bit later in the evening to avoid biggest crunch for space.
Pros: the pizza
Cons: spartan surroundings, but who cares
My friends brought us to dinner and said that Salvation has great pizza. They were not lying. I love the freshness and crunchy crust. 2 thumbs up for the pizza.
2 thumbs down for the service. When I asked for straws as a waiter and a waitress were at our table, they both looked at each other, didn't respond to my request and gave each other a funny look. The waitress finally brought back straws but didn't seem happy about it. If you don't like customer service, don't work there! I wasn't asking for them to bend over backwards. None of them smiled either. If it wasn't for the atmosphere, the place would've been awesome. Too bad the wait staff makes me never want to come back... It's a darn shame because that pizza is pretty gosh darn good.
Last note, if you like to use Sweet n Low in iced tea, you should bring your own. They don't offer it for whatever reason.
Pros: Fresh goodness
Cons: Horrible service, in dire need of NEW waitstaff
Salvation Pizza is undoubtedly the best pizza in the city of Austin. It is a thin-crust, neopolitan style pizza that is to die for!. Yes, it is crispy. And that's the way this pizza is supposed to be! This isn't a pizza chain like Mr. Gattis or Dominos where the dough is undercooked and squishy. No, Salvation Pizza is the real thing. It best compares to Harry's Pizza in West Hartford, Connecticut. In fact, the owner of Salvation Pizza is the daughter of the owners of Harry's Pizza.
The service can be a little spotty at times because it's a small pizza joint and there has been a huge uptick in demand for their pizza. Nonethess, it is worth a trip. If you're a Northeasterner like me, you won't be disappointed!
Pros: Awesome pizza, charred, crispy, crust
Cons: Service a little slow, street parking
A pizza place, nearby, with thin crust? A plus! Went on a Sunday night, the place was slow. I noticed that most people around me had no food, which is a bad sign. As usual, I was starving, and ordered right away. Unfortunately, the only option for an appetizer is a salad. Period. You can have a salad and choice of 2 dressings.
The atmosphere: they were playing heavy-ish punk music. The nterior is cute-weird., a little cold. The crowd was mellow, a couple families, and the music was definitely misplaced. The waitress, was, completely inattentive. This makes sense in a place that's busy. It wasn't. She sped by, cleaning up from table to table but never stopping to ask how we're doing. She didn't smile at all. Awful. I felt my presence was inconveniencing her.
Then the wait for pizza! 45 minutes for pizza. Seriously. And barely anyone in front of us. It was ridiculous.
However, it was pretty good pizza. I totally dug on the pineapple canadian bacon one, which I usually don't. Extra yummy cheese, something besides mozzerella. But the other pizza was, just ok (jalepeno and sausage).
The problem here is, they don't fit into any pizza category well. It's not really a good dine-in place, since the staff makes it uncomfortable, the music is irritating, and you have to wait forever for main courses (because of no appetizers). It also isn't a good take out place, since it takes so long to make a pizza.
I might, just might, order a pizza sometime, wait 30 mins, then leave the house to get it. But I don't know, it was pretty obnoxious.
Pros: parking could be an issue
I think Salvation rocks. I'm from the Northeast and that's some fine, old school pie. It's real Neopolitian, crispy and thin, with a great choice of interesting toppings. The place is small and I've always found the staff to be super friendly, which is why I think the last review irked me. I was also dining there on the 6th and was actually in the same room as the aforementioned party. It was about 12 people who all came seperately and ordered at seperate times. As a former waitperson, it just seems to me that a little common sense on their part would have made their experience way more enjoyable. My pie came out after all of theirs had and I don't think we waited more than 30 minutes. And it was great as usual. Just felt like I needed to defend my new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Viva Salvation.
This is by far the best pizza i've ever eaten. If you Love pizza then you MUST try this. Thin crust with chunks of tomatos in the sauce. ahhhh LOVE IT!!!
Pros: AWESOME PIZZA. AND PRETTY DECENT PRICES