Before I even turned the corner, the aroma of freshly made pizza excited my senses. It took me a moment to find the restaurant, but all I had to do was following my nose. Via Tribunal is nestled on the corner of an ally. In all honesty, minus the old architecture, I felt like I was back vacationing in Italy and eating pizza at a little side street cafe. The location, smells and beautiful spring day made me eager to experience this pizza I have been hearing so much about.
I was greeted immediately with a helpful, friendly staff. They were enthusiastic and excited not only to serve me but make sure I had the most amazing experience. Given the fact that it was 75 degrees on a spring day in Portland, I couldn’t resist the chance to eat outside. I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, but I’m a people watcher and this was the perfect location for doing just that.
I ordered their signature pie which was a two part calzone. I was astonished at how quickly my server brought out my pizza; it was less than a ten minute wait and I was still enjoying the bustling street-side location. Before the wooden platter was even placed in front of me, I fell in love with the smell. The color of the crust was stunning with the evidence of a fine char. A peppery arugula and a generous shaving of cheese topped off the pie which left me feeling like I was in Italy!
When I cut into the calzone with the scissors, (provided for you which I loved) you could see the two distinct curls. One side was a ricotta and spinach mixture and the other a sausage and rapini with mozzarella dividing the two sides.
As I bit into the gorgeous crust, wonderful memories of dining in Italy flooded my mind. The crust was authentic; not too fluffy, doughy, eggy or thick. It was perfect. Both sides of the calzone were different but very complimentary. It had no sauce, which is something that I actually enjoyed because it allowed the ingredients to stand out. Combining a bit of sausage, rapini, ricotta, spinach, arugula and mozzarella created a beautiful symphony in my mouth.
My experience at Via Tribunal was amazing! A beautiful, traditional tiramisu straight from Italy was the perfect ending to a wonderful dining experience.