The menu at the restaurants is more expansive than the trailers in that there is a choice between The Detroit Style thick-crust rectangular pizza, and the Bar Style thin-crust round pies that are "crispy yet chewy with a cheesy edge." The restaurants also offer salads, appetizers, dessert, and the Guadalupe location has a full bar. We started with drinks--a Lone Star for my husband and a Moscow Mule for me. A great beginning to the evening. Our server reminded us that the pizzas take about 30 minutes to cook, so he suggested starting with a salad or appetizer in the interim. We split a Caesar Salad with chopped romaine, Parmesan crisp, croutons and house-made Caesar dressing. Perfect for two, this fresh salad had dressing that was seasoned well and the addition of the Parmesan crisp was appreciated.
Since I follow a gluten-free diet and my husband is very easy-going, we split two 8" x 10" pizzas (the only size the gluten-free pizzas are available). For the record, the gluten-free crust at Via 313 is the best I have eaten (and I have tried more than a few). The Herbivore with mushroom, onion, green pepper, and black olives was a favorite of mine with all its classic notes of red sauce and complimentary veggies. My husband seemed to focus most of his attention on The Cadillac with Gorgonzola, fig preserves (which gives it a touch of sweetness), Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan and balsamic glaze. Therein lies the reason everyone is so enamored with Via 313--there is something for everyone. Carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free eaters (they even offer gluten-free Omission beer)--all are covered. You get the feeling that Via 313 loves us right back and wants all to feel included and welcome. That is a big part of their appeal; that in addition to their great pizza. The Guadalupe location now offers lunch, takeout, catering, and they have a sidewalk patio facing 31st Street to enjoy this lovely spring weather.