Named one of the 33 best pizzas in America by Thrillist, Detroit style pizza trailer Via 313 has won the heart of yet another Austin pizza lover. With two Austin-area locations, these square shaped pizzas will change the way you look at a classic bread, sauce and cheese combination.
After one of our Austinot bloggers tried Rainey Street’s newest Texas craft beer bar, Craft Pride, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on the food trailer located behind it.
Pizza and beer? I don’t know if there could be a better combination.
The Locations and Environment
Austin is home to two Via 313 food trailers, one on East 6th and the other behind Craft Pride on Rainey Street (which I’ve heard recently received an amazing new paint job).
The same menu can be found at both locations, with a few off menu specials available on Rainey Street. In addition to specials, Craft Pride and Via 313 also host “Pizza and Beer Pairing” events together. Check out the Via 313 Facebook page to find out about their next event.
With a deep craving for a frosty beer and pizza, I went to the Rainey Street location. The trailer is situated comfortably in Craft Pride’s outdoor seating area. Large trees, picnic tables and lounge tables surround the trailer. The laid back set up allows you to feel as if you are having a makeshift picnic. Pizza and beer? Now that’s my kind of picnic.
The uniqueness of the pizza lies in the preparation itself. Each pizza is layered with ingredients and baked in a square (gasp!) cast iron pan. While it may not sound very rare, the pan itself was actually crafted not for baking, but for automotive shops. Originally designed to catch dripping oil, the pan now holds sizzling Detroit-style pizza.
The style of baking has me seriously rethinking my stock of kitchen appliances.
By baking each pizza in the square, deep cast iron pan, each pizza resembles a deep-dish pizza. The crispy, nearly caramelized edges encase a soft, cheesy inside. The difference in texture leads to a pizza-eating journey, from inside to out (or the other way around for the adventuresome).
The menu has over 15 Detroit-style pizzas, each with a unique combination of flavors. A long list of additional toppings also allows you to create your own chef-d’oeuvre. All pizzas come in one size, with “4 Corner Slices.” Depending on your hunger level, I would recommend splitting a pizza. That is, unless you’re like me, with a small obsession for leftover pizza.
Taking the advice of the two pizza-crafters inside the trailer, my friend and I ordered The Detroiter and The Cadillac.
The Detroiter resembles a classic pepperoni pizza, except in square form. The thick crust is layered with a homemade sauce, cheese and two types of pepperoni: smoked and natural casing. The sauce is slightly sweet, pairing perfectly with the salty pepperonis. The classic combination was a tasty decision.
The Cadillac (also referred to as the ‘Caddy’) ignited an entirely different set of taste buds. Gorgonzola cheese, fig preserves, shaved prosciutto, shaved parmesan and balsamic glaze concealed the slightly crisp crust. The blend of sweet and salty ingredients had me savoring each and every bite.
While both pizzas left me wishing Via 313 was a part of my daily routine, The Cadillac was my favorite. With a menu filled with mouth-watering-inducing options, my return to Via 313 is a guarantee.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Austin?
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