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Detroit-Style Deep Dish from Via 313

05.20.2015 by: Leah McGarry
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Via 313 seems to be just the thing that Oak Hill was missing. We went relatively early on a Saturday night, and residents were coming out in droves to sample the Detroit-style pizza and sip on local brews. Even though it’s located in a very unassuming strip center, Via 313 is just the kind of trendy dining option the locals have been craving.

Modern, industrial interior of Via 313 – Oak Hill

To be honest, I didn’t know Detroit-style pizza was a thing until I read about this restaurant.  The big difference between this and Chicago-style deep dish is that the Detroit-style seems to be a bit more airy, and not quite as thick as what you’d find in Chi-town. They even use industrial steel pans to bake the pizza that were supposedly once used for small machinery parts back in Detroit.

As a native New-Yorker, I’ve always been loyal to the thin crust. However, one bite of the pizzas we sampled at Via 313 was enough to convince me that there is definitely a time and a place for deep dish! We started off with the Classic Cheese, where the cheese is baked right to the edge of the pizza.

Detroit-style square pie in Classic Cheese

Next we sampled the Meatball, with thin sliced pieces of meatball, green pepper, and parmesan cheese. Via 313 offers many options for sampling their square pies, or you can also build your own with an extensive list of toppings.

The Meatball with green peppers and parmesan

The menu advises that one small Detroit-style will feed 1-2 people, but we knew that just wasn’t going to cut it for our group. We ended up also ordering the pepperoni Bar-style pizza, which is the thin crust I’m used to. Despite the Detroit-style being their specialty, I absolutely loved the bar-style (no surprise there).

Bar-style thin crust in Pepperoni

If you somehow still have room for dessert, they offer whimsical options like the Boston Cooler - vanilla ice cream blended with Vernon’s ginger ale, Beer and Pretzels – sea salt stout ice cream with prezels, or Piadina – warm hazelnut filling inside fresh pizza dough. And don’t miss the Faygo Pop to quench your thirst – according to the menu it’s been a Detroit classic since 1907!

Despite the long wait and other pizza options nearby, I definitely plan to return to Via 313 to sample more of both styles of their delicious pizza.

Official website:  Via 313 

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