2 Austin pizzerias bake up spots among best pizza restaurants in U.S.

As any photo sharing fan knows, Instagram is a great tool for capturing a real – if heavily filtered – piece of life. A travel company focused on Italy reached out to the social networking service to compile a list of the best pizzerias in the country, including two in Austin.

Italy4Real, a tour operator specializing in small-group tours across Italy and Europe, recently released its curated list of the 100 Best Pizza Restaurants in the US. Rather than focusing solely on the most authentic cakes or a specific style of pizza, Italy4Real compiled a list of 1,000 pizzerias across the country, then geotagged them to determine how many photos were tagged and tagged in each restaurant to determine the favorites of pizza lovers.

Though the big cheese on the list hails from New York City as you’d expect, a few pizzerias in Austin have also baked in the support of Instagrammers.

Pinthouse Pizza, which has three locations in the Central Texas region and is known for both its beer and pub-style pies, was ranked 34th on Italy4Real’s list. The pizzeria has around 13,755 Instagram photos.

Also on the list of top crust pizzerias in Austin was Pieous, a restaurant on the outskirts of town loved by locals for its Neapolitan pizzas, pastrami sandwiches and delicious dessert cakes. Pieous ranked 95th on Italy4Real’s list with 6,115 tagged Instagram photos.

Two pizzerias in San Antonio were also recognized on the list. Big Lou’s Pizza, the homely place that is small in frills but big in pizza (the 42-inch cake is a local favorite), landed in 13th place – the highest ranking for a pizza place in Texas – with 23,354 tagged Instagram photos. And Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, known for its classic Italian cakes cooked in a wood-burning oven, ranked 85th on the list with 6,585 Instagram photos tagged.

Elsewhere in Texas, Dallas’ Il Cane Rosso and Eno’s Pizza Tavern ranked 44th and 45th, respectively. Planos Urban Crust was 73rd and Frank’s Pizza from Houston was 81st.

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