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Zero to Perfection in 90 Seconds at Bufalina Due

08.29.2016 by: Tom Harris
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It looks like the Bufalina’s Steven Dilley mantra for expansion is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Bufalina Due, his second location and first in Austin’s Allendale/Rosedale/Brentwood area, is a rehash of the original restaurant’s formula - a dimly lit, bustling space serving up the best pizza in Austin. That pizza is of the Neapolitan variety, which is cooked at a blistering 900 degrees for 90 seconds. The result; a crust lightly charred on the outside, pleasingly chewy inside and heavenly.

Dark wood, tile and dim lighting give Bufalina Due a convivial atmosphere

A sensuous watermelon salad

The Watermelon Salad was brilliantly executed, a complex interplay of contrasting textures (crisp watermelon, meaty cured olives, creamy feta) and flavors (sweetness, umami, saltiness, an unexpected zing from thinly sliced rounds of serrano pepper).

Bufalina Due’s daily burrata

While it’s admittedly hard to be dissatisfied with a hunk of freshly made mozzarella and cream, Bufalina’s take was exceptional, served with an earthy peperonata and a hunk of crusty rustic bread and topped with a drizzle of fruity olive oil.

Mercy, that chewy charred crust

Our pizza, the Corn and Nduja, was ordered solely on interest piqued by the advertised presence of “Parm cream” on said pie. It turned out to be an inspired choice. The cream was a worthy replacement for red sauce on this white pie, and the corn contributed subtle sweetness and a pleasant toothsome crunch. Of course, the star of any Neapolitan pizza is its crust, and this one was no exception. Chewy and savory, it was everything you could stylistically hope for.

Panna Cotta with Melon

Dessert was a panna cotta with melon balls. Like everything else we had, the dessert was as much about texture as it was about flavor. This time, crisp, faintly perfumed melon served as a periodic palate cleanser from the panna cotta’s luxurious decadence.

Sure, Bufalina Due is nothing new, but when that means “the best pizza in Austin,” that is not at all a bad thing.

Bufalina Due Official Website

TAGS : Allandale/Rosedale/Brentwood , Bufalina Due