After eating a lot of thin crust pizza recently, I was in the mood for a thicker crust. After doing some googling I found Conan’s Pizza which apparently is an Austin institution since the 70′s. They advertise Chicago style deep pan pizza as their specialty. If you’re gonna go thick crust, might was well go pan, so Conan’s seemed like the right choice.
We went to the Conans in South Austin. The interior of this Conan’s looks like it hasn’t changed much from the 70′s. Wood panelling everywhere. Our table was decorated with a bunch of postcards from Alaska for some reason. There were also some arcade machines, a lot of them from the 80′s. It looked like your classic dive pizza joint.
The pizza is pretty enjoyable, the best part about it was the cheese. You get a lot of cheese on the pizza and it was very tasty. The rest of the pizza was just fine. Nothing extraordinary and nothing bad about it. The sauce was a sweeter sauce and not chunky like I was expecting. But that is ok with me as I don’t love chunky sauces. There is one thing to keep in mind before going to Conan’s, there’s a difference between Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Chicago Deep Pan Pizza. Most are more familiar with deep dish where the cheese and toppings go on the bottom, below the sauce. In a deep pan pizza, the cheese and toppings go on top like most pizzas, and the crust isn’t quite the same. So don’t go to Conan’s expecting a Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s style pizza. Just go there expecting a pretty decent thick crust pan pizza.