In Bee Caves, on 71 between 620 and 2244, within the Hill Country Galleria, next to the Cinemark 14 movie theater, is narrow little Italian restaurant serving some of the best pizza Austin has to offer from a coal fired oven.
While Tony C’s has a relatively narrow storefront (if you don’t count the outdoor seating that seems to encroach on the movie theater entrance) the seating goes back far and then up to a second floor that over overlooks the relatively large bar area on the ground floor. The modern design is pleasant without being too formal and the seating is very comfortable. The staff, while relatively young, are always very friendly and helpful. The kitchen, on the right as you walk in, is always bustling and it’s never long before you see pizza dough being thrown high into the air.
And the pizza that comes out of that kitchen is magnificent. They say their oven, heated by coal, gets up to 1000 degrees and I believe it. The crust crunches like a cracker when you bite into it and has a nice burnt look and taste to it. Their tomato sauce has that sweet/acidic tomato taste that only happens when it is super fresh. The meats and cheeses are also top notch, making the pizza flavorful rather than greasy.
The freshness of ingredients are also evident in the few other items I have ordered that weren’t pizza. Their salads are fantastic as is the Eggplant Rollatini, ricotta and mozzerella rolled within thinly sliced eggplant and covered in delicious marinara.
Tony C’s is easy to miss. Literally you might miss it while walking around the Hill Country Galleria and figuratively you might miss it while other pizza places get a lot of buzz in the Austin-American Statesman or in hipster circles. But don’t overlook Tony C’s. Their pizza is legit for those that enjoy a crust that cracks when you bite into it and toppings that are the freshest and most flavorful around.