About Us

Located next to the legendary Broken Spoke at The 704 Apartments, aRoma Italian Kitchen & Bar is a locally-owned Italian bistro featuring authentic Neapolitan pizza and homemade pastas made from regionally-sourced ingredients — plus a wide variety of fresh salads, hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Our entire menu is made from scratch with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. But it’s not just our food that’s locally sourced. Even our décor is local, most of it curated by local purveyors such as Mockingbird Domestics on South Lamar.

It’s our sincere hope that aRoma Italian becomes a mainstay in South Austin, and, more specifically, that it becomes a cornerstone of the emerging South Lamar culinary scene. So, if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello! And while you’re here, enjoy a glass of wine and a genuine Neapolitan pizza, either inside or out on our large, fully-shaded patio.

About Neapolitan Pizza

Neapolitan pizza isn’t your run-of-the-mill pizza. It’s better. That’s because a Neapolitan pizza is made pure and simple, using strict guidelines set down by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the official governing body that outlines how Neapolitan pizza should be created in order to be considered “genuine”.

So what makes a genuine Neapolitan pizza? The way we do them is by using real San Marzano tomatoes that grow on the volcanic plains on the south side of Mount Vesuvius. And the mozzarella we use is also made in-house with milk from cows that are raised in West Texas and live in semi-wild conditions.

Our Neapolitan pizza dough is made very specifically as well, with wheat flour, natural Neapolitan yeast, salt and water. Our dough is then kneaded and formed by hand without the help of rolling pins or machines, before being baked in our artisan Marra Forni wood-fired brick oven (shipped directly from Italy) for 60–90 seconds at 900°F, creating a crispy, tender and fragrant pizza every time.

About Dave Whitney

aRoma Italian is a product of two of Dave’s great passions: the restaurant industry and pizza. After serving as the director of operations at Threadgill’s for 14 years, Dave decided it was time to start working for himself. As an admitted lifelong pizza addict, opening an Italian restaurant with a focus on Neapolitan pizza on the hot culinary corridor of South Lamar seemed like the perfect combination of his passions.