Bufalina: Where Chefs Eat in Austin when they just want pizza
Sometimes it pays not to stray too far off-piste - especially when there are simple delights this good on offer
They make their own mozzarella in house, their crust is the perfect texture, and their wine list is one of the most well-curated in the country. I was one of the first guests on opening day. I’ve loved every bite and experience since that moment on and it only gets better with each visit." Sometimes it's worth letting the chef speak and that recommendation for the Austin pizza restaurant Bufalina, from Grae Nonas, co-founder chef of Southern restaurant Olamaie, speaks volumes.
It's this kind of word of mouth affirmation that our new global restaurant guide Where Chefs Eat, does so brilliantly. Bufalina, recommended in the Regular neighbourhood section of the book is just one of 4500 recommendations in our new guide on where to eat around the world from 650 chefs who make it their business to know what to eat where.
While the cover has changed, the idea behind Where Chefs Eat is exactly the same as it was when we published the very first edition back in 2012. The premise is that the modern chef is a fantastic source of guaranteed good meal recommendations, from humble holes-in-the-wall - to the most luxurious places around - and every dining experience inbetween the two. And this time there are a third more recommendations than ever before. Here's how Where Chefs Eat describes Bufalina.
"There is nothing like pizza straight from the oven - cheese bubbling, tender crust crackling. It’s a dream that Bufalina delivers day in, day out, with help from the 900 degree wood-burning oven tucked in the back of its airy, modern space. Steven Dilley’s obsession is Neapolitan pizza, and Bufalina’s are perfect.
"They’re topped with a rotating menu of ingredients sourced locally (this is Austin, after all) - although you can never go wrong with margherita. The bar serves Austin beers on tap, as well as a global list of wines and even a selection of sherries."
Whether you desire just a late-night snack from a burger van, a 400-year-old clam in an art-filled restaurant or a fabulously fashionable start to the day, you’ll find it in Where Chefs Eat. 570 destinations. 70 countries. Across six continents. It's no idle boast to say that this edition has the most wide-ranging and eclectic set of listings we’ve ever researched and published.
We’re only focusing on one restaurant per city in our Phaidon.com series but the book contains countless recommendations in each city around the world. We’ve also launched an app for this third edition which features all the places in the book in an on the go format for when you’re out and about. Head into the store and snap up your guide to great eating now. And if you pre-order here you'll get the app free - but for a limited time only.