When I heard Bufalina planned to open at 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. about three months ago, I wondered what design ideas ownership had for the vacant, former auto shop I’d visited during the East Austin Studio Tour.
The answer: Not much. And that’s a good thing.
1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523, BufalinaPizza.com
Rating: 9 out of 10
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Prices: Starters, $5-$12; Pizzas, $8-$15
What the rating means: The 10-point scale is an average of weighted scores for food, service, value, ambience and overall dining experience, with 10 being the best.
The Bottom Line: Bufalina has separated itself from the Neapolitan pizza-making crowd in Austin, and it’s not really even close.