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We took a detour to Via Restaurant en route to Fado’s. We were attending a friend’s birthday party at Fado’s later on in the evening and as the weather was absolutely perfect outside, we wanted something with outdoor seating and Via Restaurant was just perfect for that. We actually thought about Aqua Bistro next door, but the outdoor seating looked too uncomfortable so we just went opted for Via instead.
Our of about 8 tables outdoors, I think half were taken, and no one was inside. That doesn’t bode well for 8:30 on a Saturday night. Having said that, I get the impression that Via is more of a bar than a restaurant and I’m guessing it picks up later at night. It is reall beautiful inside the Via.
Service was prompt and courteous. We had our pick of tables outside and chose one away from the main diners. The hostess who doubled as our server was very polite and efficent. Shortly after being seated she made sure to bring a candle to our table. She checked back with us often during the meal to make sure everything was to our liking.
The menu is broken down into small plates, or tapas, main entrees, and pizza, emphasis on pizza. There are about 10 of them, taking up a full page on the 2 page menu. So, Glen and I decided to order 2 small plates and share a pizza. Glen picked calamari and I picked the lamb.
The calamari was ok but nothing exceptional and the red sauce that came with it was completely bland. Now the lamb, on the other hand, was great. And what a deal to get 3 lamb chops and mint risotto for only $12. That’s a good deal. It could totally be a satisfying meal for 1 all by itself.
Just bear in mind, they won’t ask you how you want the lamb cooked. They’ll just cook it all the way through I think because it is a starter, they just don’t do that. We both found it to be tender, although the last chop was a little overdone and ever so slightly on the dry side. I find risotto to be really filling, so a couple spoonfuls and you’ll be full. Neither one of us could finish it.
For the pizza, we chose the Sausage with Basil and Cranberries. We had to go for something out of the ordinary, and we didn’t regret it one bit. I just love the combination of sweet and spicy. If you like ham and pineapple on your pizza give this one a try, I’m pretty sure you’ll like it just as much or even more.
Pizzas range in price from $12 to $15. It is the perfect amount for 2 if you order at least 1 appetizer or small plate as well.
We both thought it would be a good idea to hit the restroom before heading over the Fado’s. And I was surprised to see that there is only 1 toilet per gender. While I was inside, I could hear someone who tried to open the door. As I didn’t want to be selfish and primp, I skipped the idea of reapplying my lip gloss. And when I got outside I saw there were 2 women waiting. What would they do if they were crowded?
262 Pharr Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA 30305