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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2012, 09:22:12 PM »
I don't remember him remotely claiming it was NY pizza... nope, watched it again. Didn't hear him say "we're going to make NY pizza"... did hear them say home made pizza, but not NY style, so, there's that...

Fair enough.  How about:

I sincerely hope Brandon approaches Detroit style pizza a lot more seriously than non Detroit styles of pizzas, because most of that video had me cringing.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #51 on: January 02, 2012, 09:25:40 PM »
I am old fashioned I guess, but I hate to see pretty women curse.  I would rate her culinary skills up there with my 15 year old daughter.  Her chile sucked, she doesn't have a clue how to make tamales, and her salsa isn't worth spit.  I hate to piss on someones parade, but come on.....

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #52 on: January 02, 2012, 09:27:51 PM »
Scott, I do not know what Detroit style is, but I can tell you that Via 313 pizza is Freaking Good pizza.  Those guys Rock.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #53 on: January 02, 2012, 10:31:18 PM »
Well... never mind then... me and my bright ideas...

Enjoy, gentlemen...
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« Reply #54 on: January 02, 2012, 11:14:26 PM »
Ron, I like your ideas. This is an invaluable thread and I'm grateful that you posted that video.  It didn't, imo, show Brandon in a very favorable light from a perspective of pizza obsessives, but my feelings about Via 313 do not reflect in any way my feelings towards you and your contribution to this forum.
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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #55 on: January 03, 2012, 09:20:48 PM »
Don't get all mad, Ron, I enjoyed that particular video, and like you say she has a following and almost all publicity is good publicity.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #56 on: January 04, 2012, 03:24:19 AM »
I've been stalking the forums on Pizzamaking.com for some time and I always thought that if there was one forum where users treated each with respect and avoided the common pitfalls that make the vast majority of forums useless rubbish full of angry people that sit behind keyboards all day it was this one.  My reasoning was always that these forums were full of 'do'ers' as opposed to 'haters' if you will.  However this thread takes the cake and prompted me to finally open an account here as I cannot believe the comments I continued to read. 

First of all, I live in Austin.  I don't know these guys personally, I did however eat their pizza last week.  Whether it's 'authentic' (whatever that means, honestly outside of a VPN certification how would any of us know what is 'authentic' ??) or not is irrelevant to me and honestly outside of a few select people on this thread nobody else really cares either.   What I do know is that they were busy and that my pizza was unlike anything I had ever had before in the other cities I called home.  Detroit style pizza is killer and like TScarborough said above, I'll be back for more.

Secondly, after Ronzo posted that 'cooking' video I gave it a watch.  I then promptly watched a bunch of Hilah's videos and did some research on her (she is all over the place and has a large following from what I can gather).  Was it my cup of tea?  Not really, however not everything is about me, or you, etc etc etc.   Not everything is for me, or for you either, etc.  Sometimes we are simply not the target audience for whatever is out there.  These video's are annoying to me, but that's ok.  That just means it's not for me.   What is being lost in the noise here and not being considered is the audience to which Brandon was speaking to and the goal of her videos as a whole.  With her 'act' she probably fills a niche market of slacker/hipster types that probably don't do a ton of cooking.  Do you think that anybody going on her show talking overly technical about anything will attract the viewers she is targeting?  Or do you think that by keeping it simple that she is able to hit her audience?  Just because you and I and the rest of us pizza geeks get off on bakers %'s, hydration points, cold rises, starters, etc doesn't mean that everybody will be interested in that.  I dug a little deeper and found that Brandon trained with Tony Gemignani (a simple Google search brought it up pretty quick), I'm guessing the Via 313 guys know their stuff and their audience at any particular moment.   Scott I respect you based on your history of solid posts and insight but I think you are off point this time.  Also, that reminds me of when Tony Gemignani did a series of web videos for Men's Health Magazine last year (they were 'dumbed' down as well as you can imagine), someone posted it over on Slice and the negative comments immediately began to fly because in the video Tony used a rolling pin.  People lost it saying he wasn't true to the roots of Neapolitan pizza on and on and on.  Just like the Hilah video, they too were not the target audience for that.

Finally, for god's sake their pizza is very good and earning positive reviews but instead of treating them like proud fellow forum members gone public and good, I see the opposite taking place here.   ???

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #57 on: January 04, 2012, 07:52:51 AM »
Yeah, I feel bad about slagging her cooking because she explicitly states that her audience is non-cooking types.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #58 on: January 04, 2012, 09:59:31 AM »
Yeah, I feel bad about slagging her cooking because she explicitly states that her audience is non-cooking types.
And that is *exactly* why Brandon was so... non-serious... about the pizza.


I'm sick of the "if the chimney it's coming out of doesn't meet my standards, it ain't smoke" mentality - reminds me of religious zealots I've dealt with, and I have no patience for that.

They're doing good things and using whatever advantage they can to get people thinking about their place and their pie. I see anything that gets people thinking about eating better tasting food, and getting them interested in trying new things on their own as a positive. This kind of social advertising is working for them and they're building a following rather quickly - naysayers and parade-rainers be d*mned...


By the way, Tom, I wasn't getting all mad... just frustrated at the black cloud looming over the thread.


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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #59 on: January 04, 2012, 10:04:47 AM »
fearitself, you summed it up better than I did. Thanks.
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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #60 on: January 04, 2012, 10:15:27 AM »
All I know is that I am going down tomorrow night to get my fix.

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« Reply #61 on: January 04, 2012, 11:52:42 AM »
All I know is that I am going down tomorrow night to get my fix.
I need to head down there soon
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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #62 on: January 04, 2012, 02:09:26 PM »
TS & Ronzo - maybe we could all get together for a meetup down at Via 313 sometime in the future?  I travel quite a bit for work but it would great to meet some fellow pizza lovers here in Austin at some point. 

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #63 on: January 04, 2012, 03:09:12 PM »
So much noise!   :P

I plan to stop by this evening.

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« Reply #64 on: January 04, 2012, 07:44:13 PM »
TS & Ronzo - maybe we could all get together for a meetup down at Via 313 sometime in the future?  I travel quite a bit for work but it would great to meet some fellow pizza lovers here in Austin at some point. 
I'm up for it. Shoot me an e-mail through this site.
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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2012, 11:10:27 AM »
Tom, I think the word you're looking for is annoying :)

I sincerely hope Brandon approaches Detroit style pizza a lot more seriously than NY, because most of that video had me cringing.

From the moment you saw the KABF...    :-D

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2012, 09:20:32 AM »
Well, I actually did make it by last week but left town the next morning and haven't had a chance to post.

Actually, my girlfriend swung by and picked up a couple.  And then we reheated them several hours later.  So not ideal eating conditions.  That said, they were great.  While this was my first Detroit-style pie, apart from those I've attempted in my own kitchen (after trying to source a steel blue pan), I've had a ton of Sicilian / Grandma-style pies, and these compare very well to the best versions (Best Pizza, Adrienne's).  Well-proportioned (important when it comes to pan dough), well cooked, and well seasoned.  It's obvious that these guys are paying attention and doing things right, and to me that's worth much more than sticking to some formula for the sake of authenticity.

I hope to swing by in person sometime soon.

For the record, I haven't watched the pizza episode yet, but I'm a big fan of Hilah's videos.  She's fun, and I'm generally a fan of anything that encourages folks to cook.

Anyway, a welcome addition to Austin and a great addition to the east side.


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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #67 on: January 11, 2012, 10:48:06 AM »
I am going to stop by tonight for a slice and a T-shirt.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2012, 09:38:14 PM »
Someday I will take a picture but so far they have never lasted long enough.  I saved a 1/4 for breakfast and it was great reheated too.  I had the meatball this time, and endorse it.  It was good talking to you guys, stay warm in there tonight.

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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2012, 01:03:27 PM »
You wanted a picture, so here it is.  Unfortunately it is a very sad picture.......

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« Reply #70 on: January 16, 2012, 11:59:13 AM »
You wanted a picture, so here it is.  Unfortunately it is a very sad picture.......

*snicker*
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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #71 on: January 19, 2012, 05:59:43 PM »
Another great review with pics:

http://www.pizzadventuring.com/2012/01/adventure-50-via-313.html


I will be stopping by tomorrow on my way home for a fix.

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« Reply #72 on: January 21, 2012, 03:21:07 PM »
Another great pie last night.  They were busy, busy at Happy Hour, and I didn't hear anything but compliments from their customers.  I took a non-pizza friend who had never heard of Detroit style and he will certainly be back.  And I did take pictures, but my camera must have been drunker than me.  This is the BEST, so you can imagine how bad the others were.

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« Reply #73 on: January 21, 2012, 10:21:05 PM »
I have got to hook up with you guys over there soon.

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Re: Detroit Style in Austin... VIA 313
« Reply #74 on: January 21, 2012, 10:24:18 PM »
You should, Craig, anytime.  We can do the Austin pizza tour, it is pretty short:  Home slice, East Side Pies and Via313 pretty much covers it so far as I am concerned.  Of course I am not adverse to firing the WFO on short notice either.


 

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