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1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Pizza Studio is opening in the former Baja Fresh space by the Dupont South metro. The press release says:

“Pizza Studio, the leader in the emerging fast casual pizza category, is thrilled to announce the arrival of its flagship location in Dupont Circle at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, slated to open late-February. The new restaurant is the first to hit the DC market with more openings planned as part of the company’s growth in the capital area. Since its first opening in Southern California in 2013, Pizza Studio has quickly expanded with 24 locations around the US and over 200 more already in the works for 2015 and beyond.

“We could not be happier to make our debut in DC,” said Pizza Studio Co-Founder & CEO Samit Varma. A graduate of Magruder High School in Derwood, Maryland, and the US Naval Academy, Varma is making a homecoming after traveling the country with the military. “We designed Pizza Studio to offer everything from lunch to dinner to snacking and late-night dining, because we offer pizzas with unlimited toppings, which means endless possibilities.”

Pizza Studio offers diners the opportunity to “Create Your Masterpiece™” by building personalized pizzas from an array of fresh, high quality ingredients including a choice of specialty crusts and sauces, all natural and nitrate-free premium meats, and roasted vegetables. Offering something for everyone, Pizza Studio also provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Always priced at $7.99 for an 11” pie, each masterpiece includes unlimited toppings at no additional cost.

In addition to “Create Your Masterpiece”, those looking for inspiration can select from any of Pizza Studio’s chef-designed ‘Studio Masterpiece’ options for $7.99, or the ‘Starving Artist’ pizzas, priced at only $5.99. They include the familiar Pepperoni, Margherita, and Buffalo Chicken, which is served on a spicy firecracker crust with cayenne pepper, buffalo sauce, freshly grated mozzarella, all natural chicken breast, topped with cool ranch dressing and fresh basil. Additional menu items include chef-crafted signature salads, as well as oven-baked cookies and a selection of fountain beverages.

The restaurant’s interior will be adorned with its signature “starving artists’ wall” featuring works of art created by locals from Washington’s thriving art community, all of which are consigned from the artists and available for purchase. As Pizza Studio is interested in supporting the local art community, the restaurant does not take any commission on art sales. For more information about submitting art for consideration, contact info@pizzastudio.com and mention the Dupont Circle location.

Pizza Studio will be open daily from 11am to 10pm, with extended late night hours Thursday through Saturday; online ordering will be available for those on-the-go and can be made by visiting www.pizzastudio.com.”

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1299 Pennsylvania Ave, NW via Black Iron Pizza’s facebook page

Black Iron Pizza’s website says:

“Fresh, Neapolitan style pizza crafted to order from gourmet ingredients and baked within minutes. Great choice for a fast and delicious lunch or dinner.”

Their facebook page says:

“Black Iron Pizza will offer fresh, gourmet Neapolitan-style pizza crafted to order in minutes at a price competitive with other premium fast casual restaurants. Great choice for a fast and delicious lunch or dinner.”

Their liquor license placard says:

Seating capacity of 42, sidewalk café with 20 seats and total occupancy load of 99.”

Stay tuned for an opening date.

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Photo courtesy DC Brau – (from left to right): Adam Stone, Brandon Skall, Emily Torruellas, Jennifer Jackson, and Jenette Chance

From a press release:

“Typically, local farmers use the spent grain soaked during the brewing process from DC Brau to feed their livestock. But each year during the holidays, the brewery teams up with Pizzeria Paradiso to do something a little more special with that grain.

For the 4th year in a row, the brewery and the pizzeria have baked more than 200 loaves of Brewer’s Grain bread to donate to Bread for the City (www.breadforthecity.org) to feed the less fortunate among us during the Thanksgiving holiday. DC Brau’s Brandon Skall and Jennifer Jackson made the first of two deliveries of this year’s donation earlier today (pictures attached).

Also, from this Friday through Christmas, the public will be able to buy a special Brewer’s grain pizza at any of the 3 local Pizzeria Paradiso locations that use DC Brau’s spent grain in the crust. $2 from each pie will go to benefit Bread for the City.”

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From a press release:

“Lightening fast and incredibly delicious pizza newcomer, DC Pizza, will be treating customers to a free four topping pizza and a soft drink to commemorate the restaurant’s arrival in the Golden Triangle. Patrons will get to pick from a wide variety of fresh and authentic toppings to customize their creations. Plus the first 20 customers in line at 11AM will receive free pizza for a year!

“We are thrilled to invite the neighborhood in to see how great our pizza is” said Lisa Lakin, founder of DC Pizza. “Customers will be blown away by how fast we make these amazingly tasty pies.”

WHERE:DC Pizza – 1103 19th Street NW
 located at 19th & L Streets
WHEN:Thursday, November 13th 2014 11AM – 3PM & 6PM – 9PM

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1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

A late night pizza option for southern Dupont. As promised, &pizza is taking the first step towards opening on the ground floor of 1215 Connecticut Ave, NW by late 2014/early 2015. [Note: Rosebar (formerly Current Sushi) remains open on the second floor and outside deck].

The placard says:

“The total Occupancy is 52 with a sidewalk café of 11 seats.” and hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7 am – 2 am, Friday & Saturday 7am – 3 am.

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Looking north on Connecticut towards Lucky Bar and Dupont Circle