Mix a staff that works hard, is very friendly and a New York style pizza that's delicious and you have Prima Pizza Pasta. They're off McNeil on the east side near the Wendy's in that strip mall. What a great addition to the area. So far Steph and I have only tried the pizza but both times it's been excellent.
Prima offers three different kinds of service; table, counter or carry out. You can grab a slice and drink and save the tip, you can sit down and get excellent service from a good size menu of pizza and pastas with the expected salads and appetizers. They forgo all the over the top kitsch I've come to despise in Italian restaurants and just make good food. And I'm all about good food.
The first time we went to Prima we ordered the The Butcher which is the all meats pizza. We had them add fresh garlic. It was great. The crust was thin, crispy and the perfect amount of chew to it. There's another Italian restaurant in the area that has good toppings but the crust is always very chewy, not so at Prima so they get the win on crust. I also loved the taste of the pepperonis. Somehow they bring out an extra level of flavor in them that I can never seem to get at home. The Italian sausage was sweet with tastes of fennel and the other ingredients played along well. Overall it didn't get into that overly salty range some all meats pizza can have. They didn't say this but the cheese seemed overly fresh, like it was made in the last few days. As we lifted the first slice off the platter the cheese just stringed up with the pie and we had to do that thing with the knife to pull it over to the plate. Actually, on our second trip we had pepperoni and extra cheese. That was a cheese lovers paradise. That cheesy, sometimes buttery, flavor accented with those extra rich pepperonis just sent it over the top. I guess the only thing left is the sauce. You guessed it, wonderful rich flavor but not too much. It has a little heat to it but just a hint. Overall this is in my top 5 pizzas in Austin. Bravo! Prima.
As I mentioned before the staff is great and you can tell they really want you to have excellent service. Our drinks never ran dry and they made sure everything was perfect. How can you go wrong?
Oh, did I mention they have cheesecake if you're feeling like a little sweet after dinner? We ordered the cheesecake on our first trip. It was nice and rich as you would expect. The slice was big enough for the two of us and we left the restaurant full and happy.