Anticipation! I have been eyeing Via 313 for months. I even went to the trailer about six months ago to get my mouth on some, but they were closed. During SXSW, I tried again, but didn't want to wait in a huge line. I've been teased with photographs of delicious, mouth-watering cheesy pizza at every turn. Here, on Instagram, on Facebook, the hype and anticipation have been merciless. Today, I learned the Via 313 had replaced Blackbird and Henry on Guadalupe and while that location might be far from my house, it is dangerously close to my work. After a long, stressful work day, I was ready to unwind with some wine and what everyone promised was "the best pizza inAustin." I arrived at 8:00 and was greeted warmly by the hostess and seated promptly. The server came by quickly to introduce herself and offer a drink. I already knew what I wanted thanks to all the drooling I had been doing over countless Yelp/FB/Insta photos over the past several months. I ordered and received my meatballs fairly quickly. They were perfection, nice and butter tender with a hearty bed of well seasoned sauce and some crisp, crunchy toast, similar to Melba toast. The Detroiter was up next and it looked every bit as good as the pictures I'd seen. I took a bite and was pleased with the texture, flavor and amount of toppings. The bread is thick and soft with a slight crunch around the edges. The pizza has the usual toppings, but in a different order. Starting from the bottom up, you have crust, a layer of smoked pepperoni, lots of cheese, pepperoni in natural casing, then a healthy dose of seasoned red sauce poured over the center of each row of square slices. This allows the crust to stay slightly crunchy on the outside and not succumb to the usual sogginess of a pan style pizza. My impression: The flavors are good, the sauce is better than most pizza sauces in that it has a slight kick to it. It isn't spicy, necessarily, just nicely seasoned and has a rich, plum tomato taste. The cheese is plentiful and covers every inch and I love the way the edges have allowed it to get all crispy and crunchy. The pepperoni is good quality and there is just enough of it to have some in every bite, but not so many as to overwhelm the other flavors. It is really good pizza and I'd definitely go back. Is it the best pizza I've ever had? No, but that's probably because my preference is Neapolitan style. The restaurant was clean, service was friendly and efficient and the food was good quality.
Delia S. on Jul 18, 2016