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 $10, you get $25 worth of modern Italian fare, 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 ($6.95), or the herby caprese salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, red onions, and cucumber ($8.95). The menu is rife with small plates—spinach ravioli ($6.95), hummus ($6.95), and mussels di napoli ($9.95) are all sociable savories and make the perfect dishes for Lilliputian housewarming parties. 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 mozzarella cheese. Keep it simple with a margherita pizza ($10.95), or touch all taste buds with the prosciutto and fig ($14.95). Catch up on summer reading by perusing Via’s vast wine menu, where a glass of Renzo Masi chianti cleanses the chalkboard of the palate between boisterous bites ($8).
Via’s 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 Tuesday-Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., or nocturnally munch on a late-night menu served until midnight Wednesday–Saturday.