Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of modern Italian dishes, drinks, and wood-burning-brick-oven pizzas at Via, in Buckhead.
Via exists in a multi-level space, boasting a snazzy bar, a serene interior, and a well-trained chef. Four flavorful salads temper aggressive appetites, such as the wedge salad, with scallions, bacon, tomatoes, and blue cheese ($6), or the herby caprese salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, red onions, and cucumber ($8). The menu is rife with small plates; spinach ravioli ($6), hummus ($6), or mussels di napoli ($9) are all sociable savories. Via also boasts a doughy selection of pizzas, all crafted inside a wood-burning ceramic-brick oven and smothered in San Marzano tomato sauce and authentic buffalo- mozzarella cheese. Keep it simple with a margherita ($10), or touch all taste buds with the prosciutto and fig ($14). Crème-brûlée cheesecake ($6), tiramisu ($5), or a five-layer chocolate cake ($5) brings a sweet conclusion to any meal.
A destination spot for young professionals, famished fans of finger food, and inadvertent caterpillar wranglers, the 3,200-square-foot space is a multi-sensory playground for taste, design, and entertainment. Hardwood tables, high ceilings, midnight-blue walls, and dim lighting make visiting the expansive eatery feel like a trip to the planetarium. Plus, there's patio seating for those who take their meals and conversations about Newtonian physics al fresco. Stop in for dinner any day except Monday, or nocturnally munch on a late-night menu served until midnight Tuesday through Saturday.
- Everything was all good, decent music, lots of people dancing, and the drinks kept flowing, so we left happy. – Jen K., Yelp, 8/25/10
- Went to Via for the first time recently. The pizza was fantastic! The decor and vibe were interesting, more reminiscent of Miami than of Atlanta. – j30309, Citysearch