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.”
At the end of Sept. I spoke with some workers who said pizza was coming back to 634 Florida Ave, NW where Italy Pizza used to be before they closed in May. Glad to see it wasn’t just a rumor. Hopefully the pizza at Aroma Pizzeria will be as good (or better) as Italy Pizza used to be (especially when they sold by the slice.) We’ll revisit for a proper judging after they’ve been open a few months.
“We are so sorry to tell you that after three wonderful years, we are closing Green Paws. The decision was a difficult one. Our tiny little shop has been struggling for a while in this weak economy, and ultimately the arrival of a giant corporate pet food retailer so nearby meant we had even more difficulty competing. We really have grown to love our neighborhood dogs and cats (as well as their people!), and we promise to always have special little treats available for our four-legged buddies downstairs at Bacio. Speaking of Bacio, here is the silver lining: we are going to expand, and use the upstairs space for seating. We hope you can look forward to a low-key, family-friendly dining experience where you can enjoy the pizza you’ve come to love with a nice bottle of wine. We don’t have an exact timeline yet for all this, but we promise to keep you posted.
Our sincere thanks to everyone in the Bloomingdale and surrounding D.C. neighborhoods for allowing us to serve you and for having made Green Paws a special part of the community.
Back in May we learned that Italy Pizza had closed at 634 Florida Ave, NW just east of 7th St/Georgia and near the Howard Theatre. Some may have noticed the front was painted – I finally was able to talk to some workers at the space and they tell me it will become pizza again in a few weeks. Not sure of the name or who exactly the owners will be but I’ll be sure to update with more info including the menu when they open. I hope the pizza is as good as the slices used to be at Italy Pizza. Stay tuned.
“We are very excited to announce that Radius is now serving PITCHERS! And all pitchers are $5 off for happy hour. On Wednesdays, you can get Pitcher & Pie (any specialty 15″ pie) for only $30!
Our PINT & SLICE special has just been updated:
We have noticed that sometimes, one slice is just not enough, so starting this week, it also includes Pint & Two Slices for $9 and Pint & Three Slices for $10. (If wine is the beverage of your choice, the pint can be always substituted for a glass of wine.)
Radius fall menu has been launched last week with a number of brand spanking NEW ITEMS:
Meatballs al Forno
Same delicious meatballs, different presentation.
Fall arugula salad
Wonderful vegetarian or vegan option!
House made lamb sausage, mint, red onions.
And for the little ones, we have a new and improved SOFIA’S SPECIAL: sautéed chicken comes with your selection of spaghetti and veggie. Come give it a try – KIDS EAT FREE every Sunday between 12PM and 5PM!”
A couple days ago a reader sent in a photo of Alberto’s on P Street with it’s front door papered over. Looks like the closure was only temporary. Yesterday afternoon another reader sent the above photo and wrote:
“Alberto’s looks open to me. Just walked past and saw the door was propped open.”
Last week we learned Red Rocks would have a grand opening for their new H Street location on Sept. 4th. In June we took a preview tour and had a good idea that the largest restaurant on H Street was gonna be pretty sweet. Absolutely 100% confirmed. Last night they soft opened with a friends and family party – have a look at the finished space and especially the retractable roof:
Back in June we took a preview tour of the huge Red Rocks coming to 1348 H St, NE. After final solving some permitting issues – they’re set for their grand opening on September 4th. Have a look at the preview to get a taste of how awesome the huge space is gonna be.