Seattle >Via Tribunali
The grand daddy of the wood-fired pizza craze in Seattle offers up fine Neopolitan pies in this dramatic and lively room.
Via Tribunali is authentic and delicious. I absolutely love Via Tribunali!!! I feel I should defend them from the New Yorker who can't seem understand that Neapolitan-style pizza is not New York-style pizza. First of all, Neapolitan-style pizza comes from Naples, Italy, and was created way before the New York style, and therefor is more authentic. Secondly, Via Tribunali interprets and executes Neapolitan-style with perfection, I know this because I have been to Naples, it is not meant to be a greasy, cheesy slice of pie like the pizza in New York. Also, in Italy people tear their pizza with their hands, and fold it or roll it to eat it. This is why the pizza at Via is not served sliced, it IS authentic. They do have pizza scissors available if you can't handle tearing your pizza, you just have to ask. If you can't venture outside the box of New York style pizza then you should go back to New York.
logistics a bit difficult.
Went there after superbowl 2/1/9. Slightly drunk but well-behaved. Its really really DIM. As in about as dark as my bedroom. It's one thing to avoid bright flourescent lights like so many Asian places. But honestly I had to get out my little keychain flashlight to read the menu! One dim little table candle, and maybe 25 watts worth of weak light coming from the bar. And the menu is about in 8pt font. Small type. OK. So the pizza arrives, all in one big piece, we asked: can you run the slicer thing over it? NOPE! No can do! This is authentic! Its how the Italians do it.
We cut it with the convenienty provided butter knives, not knowing if this is some kind of insulting Italian faux pas or not... Its not that easy to chop up a pizza using butter knives in the dark, and it somehow felt a little inauthentic to me.
The pizza itself was tasty with chewy, thin crust. But not sure the slightly snotty attitude, and sticker price of $32 for a pizza and 2 beers, is really a very good value.
Worst Pizza I ever ate in my entire life !!!!.
As a native New Yorker I must say they have the worst pizza I have ever eaten in my life,
below even Tony's, Red Baron or any store bought frozen pizza.
The pizza hade crumbs of sausage on it, probably about two to three tablespoons at most
the tomato sauce was probably poured out of a can, the cheese was garbage, and last but not
least the crust was undercooked and thin as paper. My guess is that the total cost of the
ingredients at most added up to two dollars, and I paid sixteen dollars for the pie.
I will never eat any any Via Tribunali "Pizza" restaraunts again in my life. Six dollars for a bottle
of beer too!!! Good luck to any people who have nothing bettter to do than throw their money
away on garbage food.
Ok, after having eaten at Via Tribunali for probably my 50th time, most recently tonight, I decided I had to write a review and this is my first ever Citysearch review. I LOVE Via Tribunali. In particular I love the salame pizza. My boyfriend and I eat here anytime we can b/c we both love it so much. In fact, there have been occasions when we have eaten here on both a Saturday and Sunday night.
I was shocked to read the last reviewe b/c I don't think there is anywhere in Portland where you can get Armandino Batali cured meats on your pizza (granted I haven't been to portland for a while so I could be wrong).
Finally, the staff is super friendly and many times now the bartenders greet us by name. You will have to wait if you go on a Fri or Sat anytime after 6:45 however but we think the atmosphere is great and don't mind hanging out.
Having lived in Italy for 6 months, and having spent time in Napoli, I can say that Via T is tied w/ a place called "Il Pizzaiola" (in Firenze) for my most favorite pizza ever.
Just one last thing...get the salame pizza. Do it.
Snobby Snobby Snobby. Ok so I'm from Portland and have dined in ALOT of different cities/countries and I don't know what else to say but I have never felt so unwelcomed as I did here. I have had "real" italian food/pizza and I do think Via is good bc it's very similiar to how it is in Italy. However, there are a few places in Portland that are almost identical to Via Tribunali and if you were to blind fold me I would only be able to pick out the one from Portland bc the sauce is a little better. So I'm not sure where they get their cold stuffiness from bc they aren't the only ones who make "authentic" pizza. I seriously have never seen staff act the way they do. Are they trying to prove something? Our waiter was italian with a strong accent and by the way he acted, he wanted us to know this. You're a f@@king server for crying out loud (not that there is anything wrong with that...I too use to wait tables) I mean these guys seriously made me laugh. Another guy who gave us water (wasn't a waiter) acted like he was a runway model ( a sleezy one) And God forbid he showed any emotion bc that would make him "not cool." I just can't say enough about this place. It was truly a comical abrasive experience. Just weird all they way round. When I left I almost felt as if I had been mugged in a dark alley the way we treated. Plus we left still hungry.
Not a restaurant I would go back to. I called 2 times during the prior week to ask if I should make a reservation for a group of 7. No, it?s not necessary was the response. My niece arrived a few minutes after 7pm last night to be placed on the list for dinner. We were not seated until after 9pm on a Monday night. Our party of 7 had 2 plus size people. I and other people in the group felt squished. We would have waited a few more minutes for roomier seating. We were seated in a booth opposite the restroom. It was unpleasant seeing inside the restroom. Also, the odor, occasionally, was not pleasing. The waitress said our desserts would be comped because we had such a long wait. If it weren?t for the fact that my daughters wanted to stay, I would have walked out. The restaurant was the choice of my daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday with her family. The pizza dough that was served with the salads was burnt. My party was so hungry that they ate it! The insalata di parma was wonderful as was the tiramisu. The bartenders were great. Dessert was not free, we ended up paying for all of them. I would not recommend this restaurant based on my experience last night.
New George Town Location not very good.
This is for the George Town local, don't bother, service was horrible, arrogant Italian male (friend of the owner) shoving an elbow in my wife at the bar, six dollar Perroni's. give me a break, Lasagna and Pizza was mediocre.
I am sorry to write this, cause I was stoked to find them there in GT.
Autnetic Italian pizza in Seattle Washington..
I am here in Washington State working, I was born in New Haven Ct, and moved to florida and have been to many, many pizza parlors in my time trying to find the BEST pizza wherever I may be at the time. Although I have been away from connecticut for a very long time, My opinion is that no pizza anywhere can compete with connecticut pizza...Until now, VIA TRIBUNALI has the best pizza I've had in a very long time, From the waitresses to the brick oven they had shipped from naples...The brick walls and the beautiful Italian music.
It all ads to the experience, my rating of 4 stars is based on a pizza which you will write home about...the sausage and thin dough with the slighty sweet sauce makes an outstanding pie, the reason why "THE PAISAN FROM PSL" rated this a 4 and not a 5, is because it was a little on the pricey side and because the chefs are from Naples Italy, they have their way of doing things, and That is just how the pizza is made....Their way, meaning this...If you order a pie on the menu, That is how you will get it, you cannot ad any ingedients to the pie. It is an excellent pie no matter how you slice it, worth the drive from any part of Washington, That is if you are a true pizza buff.... Enjoy ! ! !..."THE PAISAN FROM PSL"
Don't know which was worse, the pizza or the service. The pizza was undercooked and the sauce was bland. The crust has the consistency of a pita, not even close to crispy. I would have complained but our waitress was nowhere to be found.
After we received our check, we couldn't help feeling that we were being rushed out the door.
Can't understand the hype.
Anything less is not pizza.
This place doesn't want to be the "best pizza in Seattle" or to have "European style" or anything else. This is the only place where you can order pizza and be sure that if you ordered the same thing in Naples it whould taste exactly the same. The ingredients are genuine, there is a wood oven, and the taste is how pizza is supposed to taste. After living in Italy for 8 years, I can tell you: this is the real thing. Add to that the cozy place and really friendly service and you have a great night out to dinner. I am lucky to have found this place.
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