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Vegan Detroit-Style Pizza from Via 313

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Vegan Pizza from VIA 313

The next up on our “Top 20 Austin Favorites” series is the Detroit-style pizza from Via 313! This authentic Detroit-style pie is unique in many ways, from the rectangular shape, to the thick crust, to the upside-down toppings. This unusual pizza stole our hearts with just one bite of its crispy, pillowy goodness.

The rectangular shape with 4 corner slices is from the unique pan: an industrial steel pan traditionally used for automotive parts. The crust of a Detroit style pizza is thick, with a crispy/fried texture on the outside, and a light and airy (think focaccia) inside. It’s commonly described as an upside-down pie because the toppings are layered on first, followed by the cheese (or Follow Your Heart cheeze in this instance), and then topped with fresh crushed tomato sauce, poured in two strips down the center of the pie.

Via 313 pizza box containing pizza gold.

Closeup of the herbivore pizza from Via 313.

Via 313 trailer parked on East 6th St.
There are a lot of different vegetable toppings to choose from, but to make life simpler you can always order “The Herbivore” (just ask for it vegan), with cremini mushrooms, sweet onions, green peppers and black olives. Via 313 does not offer delivery, but you can always call ahead and carry out, or dine in at their brick and mortar in Oak Hill, or head to one of the many bars near their two trailers (E 6th and Rainey) to enjoy your pie. With only a small handful of restaurants outside of Detroit serving up Detroit-style pizza, and I imagine many fewer serving up vegan versions, we Austinites are pretty darn lucky to have access to such a phenomenal pizza.

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!


    • Marlee

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  1. lazysmurf

    That’s my favorite pizza in the world! I hate that they moved the south location to Rainey street though! The only place in town harder to park than 6th street!

    • Estella

      What a perfect telling of another story El8aie&#n230; that Jesus would have faithfully fulfilled his mission died on the cross if Faith Elaine or Miss Amelia, or Sonja, had been the only ones he died for.I DO love Miss Amelia, and her precious little heart, and she does remind me of her mommy. xo

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