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I didn’t get around to that many pizzerias this year. I’m limited largely to where I can go on my lunch break, which means a lot of central Manhattan pizzerias. That said, I did manage to get as far as Austin (during SXSW) and a couple visits to Williamsburg Pizza, which would normally be out of my lunch-hour range. Then there were the pizzas that truly haunted my dreams—because I could only reminisce about them as I worked on my bar pie recipe. Without further ado, let’s go!
Via 313, sausage and pepper pizza
The hallmarks of Detroit-style pizza are the ring of fried cheese around the edge and the sauce applied atop the cheese.
Detroit-style pizza is the thing at Austin, Texas’s Via 313, whose name references Detroit’s area code. Brothers and Motor City expats Zane and Brandon Hunt have two locations that operate completely out of trailers in East Austin. I visited the one outside the Violet Crown Social Club on East 6th Street, where I tried the Sausage and Peppers pie. It was as good if not better than the Buddy’s pizza I had while visiting the Detroit area a few years ago. The perfect amount of greasiness and crispness. The gooeyness of the cheese. The pillow-soft crumb. The perimeter surrounded by that signature ring of fried cheese. The sauce is bright and herby, which is good, because there’s two large slicks of it atop the cheese. It’s a mish-mosh of satisfying textures and remains foremost in my brain even though I had it in early March. I’d love to see someone do a Detroit-style pizza in New York.
Via 313: 1111 East 6th Street, Austin TX 78702 / 512-939-1927 and 61 Rainey Street, Austin TX 78701 / 512-609-9405 / via313.com / @via313pizza Continue reading
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