The whole 'fellow obtaining an old family recipe and deciding to found a restaurant around it' thing is a common enough narrative within the dining ... More
Frank & Angie's
The whole 'fellow obtaining an old family recipe and deciding to found a restaurant around it' thing is a common enough narrative within the dining world. In the case of Frank and Angie's, though the fellow in question is Mike Hutchinson, co-founder of the eternally popular Hut's Hamburgers as well as the fortunate offspring of a Sicilian mother named Angie (the 'Frank' is for Sinatra, whose picture presides over the festivities and whose various nicknames manifest themselves in the form of menu items). In defiance of the Austin area's college-fueled pizza saturation, Frank and Angie's has fought its way to the top of the pack with its unique, New York-style pizza, ingredient-intensive calzones and a general Brooklyn atmosphere.
Great place and great pizza. The thin crust is the best I can find, and the Chairman of the Board is perhaps the best pizza I've ever had. Cool little place kind of hidden behind Hut's (which is also AAA+). Dining room is cozy and comfortable. Very good service and customers are taken care of very well. They also have some salads and pasta dishes, but I've never gotten past the pies. Highly recommend.
Frank & Angie's has a distinct movie/italian/gangster theme to their decor and menu, with dishes by names like Scorcese, Mira Sorvino, Al Pacino, etc. It's a pizzeria first and foremost and it's really what you should go for. Expect to be taking some of it home as there's no way two people can finish even a shared pizza.
Personal recommendation is the Chairman of the Board pizza.