“D.C. Pizza will lease 1,200 square feet of space at 1103 19th St. NW. The restaurant, from serial franchise owners Bob Daly and Lisa Lakin, will feature personal, choose-your-own-topping pizzas made to order.”
1899 L Street is the building on the corner of 19th and L and this retail space is actually accessed from 19th Street not L. Back in July 2013 we noted that the Oh Fish! Maki Sushi Joint by Kaz had closed.
Rhode Island Row is getting a new pizza spot – a recent liquor license placard says Bergami’s will be a:
“new quick service pizzeria. Pizza, salads, coffee, beer/wine and liquor will be served. There will be 20 tables for seating and counter service only. Will not have a wait staff for full service dining. Total # of seats is 20 and the occupancy load is 40.”
Hours will be Monday-Thursday 6am – 10pm; Friday 6am – 12 am Saturday 10am – 12am and Sunday 10am – 10pm.
Earlier in the week we learned that Freshii had closed next to E Street Cinema. A very good source tells me that &Pizza will be opening up another location here. Currently &Pizza is located on H Street and U Street. They’ll soon open up in Brookland. And, perhaps, in trying to dominate the entire the DC pizza market – Washington Business Journal also reports &Pizza has leased a space at 14th and K Street, NW.
A few weeks ago we noticed major progress at Custom Fuel pizza coming to Georgia Ave near Howard. These are the same folks who reopened at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW back in August. They are opening the Georgia Ave location this Tuesday Jan. 7th. Check out how nice the space turned out:
“The pizza-and-pasta parlor will cease operations after Saturday night’s service, just a month or so after the restaurant celebrated its 70th anniversary at the same address, 1132 19th St. NW near Dupont Circle. A young Italian immigrant from Genoa, Luigi Calvi, opened the place in 1943 as a pizzeria, nothing more.”
Any fans of Famous Luigi’s?
They were located on 19th Street between L and M between the new Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine and G Street Food.
Update from a press release:
“For 70 years… since November 2, 1943, Famous Luigi’s has occupied a prime location on 19th St. NW in downtown Washington, DC. Legend has it that with the opening of his pizzeria, owner Luigi Calvi was the first person to introduce pizza to the nation’s capital. Luigi passed away in 1961 and left the restaurant to his niece Maddelena and her husband Corrado Bruzzo, who emigrated from Italy at that time to come run the business. The Bruzzos moved their family, including grandparents and their young daughter, into the upstairs flat above the restaurant, and turned the pizzeria into a full-service Italian eatery, complete with delicious, authentic family recipes, including homemade pastas and ravioli that the city had not yet seen.
The Bruzzo’s children Deborah and Corrado Jr. literally grew up in Famous Luigi’s. Wishing to pass along a strong work ethic, the Bruzzos taught their children the business from an early age. At five-years-old, Deborah was shown how to roll-out pizza dough using a Coco-Cola bottle instead of a rolling pin, and that began her life in the family business. In 2009, Deborah’s father Corrado Bruzzo passed away, and Famous Luigi’s traditions continued under the management of Deborah and her brother Corrado Jr.
But now, Famous Luigi’s has retired. After 70 years, its last dinner was served on Saturday, December 21st. After more than 40 years in the family business herself, Deborah Bruzzo, feeling that the time was right to pass the baton, has decided to retire as well. She will start a new chapter (literally), by becoming an author; for she is already writing a book about her family, the Famous Luigi’s experience, and the life lessons that it has taught her.
Deborah is particularly at peace with this decision, as she sees her family’s restaurant tradition being continued in a new location with a new generation. Osteria Marzano, which opened this summer in Alexandria, VA, is the dream of her daughter, Elena Bruzzo Pouchelon, who also grew up in the family business. Elena is Osteria Marzano’s Managing Owner in charge of the front of house, and her step-father Carmine Marzano is Executive Chef and Co-Owner, who also happens to be Deborah Bruzzo’s husband.
Deborah wishes to extend her sincere thanks and appreciation to all of Famous Luigi’s wonderful patrons and staff through the decades. Fans of Famous Luigi’s are encouraged to visit Osteria Marzano to experience how its Italian family tradition continues in an upscale dining restaurant.
Osteria Marzano serves classic brick oven pizzas, delicious handmade pastas, hearty main courses and a well-curated wine, beer and cocktail selection, as well as a variety of small “Assaggini” Italian tapas-style sharing plates uniquely available at the bar. Located in the Kingstowne region of Alexandria, VA, Osteria Marzano is a sophisticated, 6,100 sq. ft. venue for lunch, drinks, or dinner.
6361 Walker Lane. Suite 140 (Metro Park VI)
Alexandria, VA 22310″
Thanks to all who sent the sad word of Moroni and Brothers Pizza closing at 4811 Georgia Ave, NW. Moroni and Brothers opened up back in 2007 and for a while had some of the best pizza in town. There is now a very sad voice mail when you call them – saying they’ve closed for they don’t know how long and something about getting in trouble. Moroni was definitely a pioneer and while they strayed a bit from the original focus on Neapolitan pizza – they will be missed by many. Hopefully, they’ll be able to reopen at some point and return to their original glory. You can still see their delicious pizza menu here.
I really enjoyed last Friday’s discussion on best sushi. So today I’d like to discuss my other love – pizza. Let’s look at three options – best slice, best pie and best delivery. My favorite slice remains Vace in Cleveland Park (though I really do also like the slice at WiseGuy in Mt. Vernon Square and they have a decent garlic knot too), my favorite delivery is Pete’s a Pizza and my favorite pie is Red Rocks. Admittedly I still need to try &pizza. What about you guys – what are your favorites?
Photo courtesy Rhode Island Row (2300 Washington Place, NE by the Rhode Island Ave Metro)
From an email:
“Haven Pizzeria Pioneer to Bring Custom Pies to Northeast D.C.
D.C. area pizza purveyor Mark Bergami’s next move is bringing him to Rhode Island Row in Northeast D.C., where he will debut his entirely new restaurant, “Bergami’s,” this spring.
This is Bergami’s first time owning a restaurant, but his pizza pedigree is extensive. Prior to Bergami’s, he was involved with Bethesda’s Haven Pizzeria, whose New Haven-style pies received raves from Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post, as well as Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine, among others.
The fast casual restaurant will let customers choose their crust, sauce and toppings, then watch their artisan pizza be constructed and baked to perfection in a special 90-second oven. Bergami’s will use fresh, healthy ingredients and serve natural sugar sodas, craft beers, wines, and made-to-order coffee drinks (menu attached). Bergami also unveiled that the new restaurant will offer a revolutionary “carb-less pizza” featuring a crust made of cauliflower. “My wife was the biggest critic of the idea before trying it, but now she absolutely loves it,” Bergami said of the unusual recipe.
Bergami’s choice of Rhode Island Row is evidence of a growing eastward development trend: Increasingly, businesses see Northeast as the place to build to get ahead of the real estate curve. Bergami was impressed by the development’s positive atmosphere, a crucial element to the success of a restaurant, and he designed his restaurant concept explicitly for Rhode Island Row.”