I’ve been in Austin four years now. I’m embarrassed to say – I only just recently visited Via 313. I know! I know! Terrible, but late is better than never, right?
Via 313 is probably my favorite pizza in Austin. When I first moved here, one of the things I noticed was that, while Austin has amazing food, it was really lacking in the pizza department. All the Austin pizza I had was… ok. I’d heard a lot of chatter about Via 313, so I finally decided to try it. Pro tip if you’re visiting their Guadalupe location: If you turn down 31st off Guadalupe, there’s a parking structure right next to the pizzeria.
Via 313 crafts Detroit-style pizza (@eatin_and_sippin_locally clued me into the fact that 313 is the area code for Detroit. It all makes sense!). Detroit-style means its thick crust with cheese, and then the sauce is drizzled on the top. I didn’t even realize “Detroit-style” was a thing, but I REALLY enjoy this kind of pizza because it doesn’t have much sauce. Honestly, what I really like is cheesy bread, not pizza. It’s also square! This is because, “authentic Detroit-style pizza is baked in square, blue steel automotive parts pans” according to their website. While Via 313 started as a food truck on East 6th, they now have several brick-and-mortar locations and I couldn’t be happier about it.
After trying the deliciously roasted artichoke hearts (I love artichoke hearts!) I ordered “The Detroiter.” It has a crispy crust, then pepperoni, then cheese, then pepperoni AGAIN, then sauce. Our waitress was also kind enough to bring out some of their cinnamon sticks for us to try. Trust me, don’t skip the cinnamon sticks!
Final thought: If I had a friend visiting from out of town and they wanted to eat pizza, I would take them to Via 313.
What to order: If you like pepperoni, order “The Detroiter” with cinnamon sticks and a draft beer.