One Great Thing I Ate: The Capricciosa pizza from Via Tevere Main Street

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      When Pizzeria Grano announced it was closing down its Main Street restaurant, I was seriously sad. Mount Pleasant was losing one of its best pizza joints!

      It didn’t matter that it was plant-based pizza while I am distinctly not a plant-based person—it was darn good ‘za.

      Perhaps the only thing that could lessen the sting of this news was what is showing up in its place: Via Tevere.

      Via Tevere is the big sister to Grano, and has been slinging pies at its Victoria Drive location for years. With Grano closing down, the owners made the call to revamp it as a second Via Tevere outpost—with a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

      Lucky me that I got to stop by the new location’s friends and family day, trying out a few things that’ll be on the menu.

      It’s all good—from the arugula salad with crispy capers and pickled shallots to the simple but perfect Campari spritz. But the thing I’ll be dreaming about the most is the Capricciosa pizza.

      Via Tevere’s perfectly chewy dough is topped with tomato sauce, prosciutto cotto, salami, artichokes, mushrooms, and black olives—and, usually, fior di latte cheese. But I was dining with my partner, who can’t eat dairy. So instead we got it with Grano’s excellent vegan cheese (sort of a whipped ricotta-type thing), and it was honestly just as good as dairy. 

      The saltiness of the prosciutto and the olives, evened out by the doughiness of the crust, the earthiness of the mushrooms, and the creaminess of the vegan cheese—it all worked. So well, in fact, that we didn’t even ask for chili oil or chili flakes (two things we both love dearly).

      All of the pizzas at Via Tevere on Main Street can be made dairy-free, and they even keep some of Grano’s vegan desserts (tiramisu and a show-stopping cannoli) ready for the plant-based crowd. Grano’s full menu is available for online ordering on the food delivery apps, too, acting sort of as a ghost kitchen within a kitchen.

      Via Tevere Mount Pleasant officially opens its doors on May 15 at 3240 Main Street. I’ll be the one in the corner with a stupid smile on my face.