Via Tribunali Expands

Via Tribunali Portland. Photo via Facebook.

Via Tribunali is about to become an official Seattle export: The Neapolitan pizza chainlet has announced a November 15 opening date for its downtown Portland location.

According to the press materials, the pizzeria will be the first in the city certified by the Associazione Verace Pizzeria Napoletana, the official arbiter of legit Neapolitan pies. Tribunali owner Mike McConnell has teamed up with Portland restaurateur Bruce Carey (the guy behind Rose City notables like Bluehour) as well as Presidents of the United States of America drummer Jason Finn. What, you were expecting someone from The Shins?

The pizzeria was first announced in early 2010, but suffered enough delays that Eater Portland recently described Tribunali’s opening as the “big ol’ question mark of this year.” The pizzeria’s also aiming to go bicoastal; the Via Tribunali website says the Manhattan location will open January 2, 2012.