In our first official meeting of the Seattle Pizza Coalition (although it did not yet have its name at the time), we visited popular VPN rated restaurant Via Tribunali. Via Tribunali has four locations throughout Seattle, but we began with their Fremont location.
We each chose a Margherita pizza, mine with buffalo mozzarella and Sara’s with fresh mozzarella. (What’s the difference? Buffalo comes from a water buffalo and fresh comes from a cow. Learn more here.) These pizzas are essentially our base pizzas for the Italian VPN category – although we tried to remain unbiased, it was hard not to have one to compare against.
Sara originally gave this a 3 because it was only our first one, and there might be better. She believes it is a good standard to base other pizzerias on. Upon later reflection, she increased her rating to a 4.
Kerri gave this a 4 because it was a good traditional Neapolitan and she thought the cheese was amazing (apparently water buffalo is where it’s at). The crust was a little burnt and the toppings could be more plentiful/evenly distributed.
Originally we gave this pizza a 3.5 out of 5, but after judging a few other spots, we realized we were too tough on Trib. Their new official SPC rating is a 4 out of 5.