1250 9th Street, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the liquor license placard posted in The Colonel near Lost & Found. It says All Purpose Pizzeria will be a:

“A fast food casual and café style restaurant with bar which shall serve pizza and Italian food with 94 seats and total occupancy load of 125. Sidewalk Café with 16 seats.”

This is the new spot from the owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone.


9th and N Street, NW

4235 Wisconsin Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“The spot between Cava and Nando, Pie Five (get it – it’s like high five – groan) has put signs up they are coming to the site of a former dry cleaner.”

Pie Five’s website says:

“It’s about the RIGHT ingredients, starting with the dough, which we make fresh for you every day, throughout the day. It doesn’t stop there. We make our all-natural, preservative free (and naturally fat free) Tuscan Marinara and Spicy Marinara in house every day as well. Everything from our hand-cut veggies to our homemade desserts can make you feel good about what you’re eating at Pie Five.

We’re all about making your pizza the RIGHT way, just for you!”

You can see their menu here. There is currently a Pie Five in DC at 429 L’Enfant Plaza Center.



1828 L Street, NW courtesy Veloce

From a press release:

“Veloce, a quick service pizza restaurant from the acclaimed culinary talent behind Pizzeria Paradiso, will open for business on Monday, May 4 at 7:00 a.m. at 1828 L St., NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Credited with introducing the District to Neapolitan-style pizza more than 20 years ago, Veloce owner, operator and Chef Ruth Gresser’s new fast casual venture features the same artisanal, brick oven-fired pizzas, now available in minutes. Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, Veloce’s menu focuses on personal-sized pizzas, sandwiches and salads complemented by Compass Coffee for breakfast and desserts such as tiramisu.

Veloce will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Opening week will be marked by five days of promotions — including complimentary personal pizzas* for the first 100 guests starting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 4. Pizza lovers can create custom 8” pies for $9 on white, whole wheat, mixed grains and seeds, or gluten-free crusts, or choose from a menu of curated pizzas composed by Chef Gresser.

After earning critical praise for her three Pizzeria Paradiso locations, Gresser is yet again introducing Washington to a new style of pizza, this time proving to the downtown work crowd that you don’t have to choose between great pizza and quick pizza. Working with Marra Forni — a local Beltsville, Md. oven maker owned and operated by an Italian family — Gresser designed a custom Neapolitan-style gas brick oven that can accommodate up to 25 pizzas at a time and mimic the results of Pizzeria Paradiso’s famed wood-burning ovens in less time.

In addition to producing quick-turnaround, quality pizzas, Gresser and team are focused on supporting and sustaining the community with all available means: cheeses, protein and vegetable toppings are sourced from quality producers while sausages and all sauces are house-made using organic, local ingredients whenever possible. A rotating special pizza and salad will feature seasonal produce.

Items are also packaged with recyclable, eco-friendly materials. In addition to their own house-made tiramisus in classic, lemon and chocolate flavors, they will also offer Carla Hall cookies and nuts; and PollyStyle oatmeal cookies, chocolate graham crackers and ginger shortbread.

Showcasing graphics by Soung Wiser of The General Design Co., the 1400 square foot downtown space — which seats 18 indoors and 16 on the patio — was designed by Eric Gronning, AIA of Gronning Architects. The open, dynamic space hums with geometric light patterns, and bold yellow accents bring the Veloce name to life.

*Limit one pizza per guest.

Guests with an appetite for curated combinations can choose from these menu items: (more…)

1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Pizza Studio, the leader in the emerging fast casual pizza category, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, April 23 in Dupont Circle at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW. In celebration of Metropolitan Washington’s first location, co-founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin will be giving away free pizza to customers during limited hours from 11-2pm and 5-8pm on April 23.

On April 23, customers can design an 11-inch pizza of their choice, using any of the restaurant’s unique artisanal crusts, specialty sauces, freshly grated, shaved and crumbled cheeses, and an array of seasonings. Toppings for the light and crispy pizzas include over 35 high quality ingredients ranging from nitrate-free pepperoni, spicy pork sausage, sweet chicken sausage, smoked ham, and an assortment of fresh and roasted vegetables.

Pizza Studio will be open from 11am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 2am on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant’s signature “starving artists’ wall” will feature works of art created by locals from Washington Project for the Arts, all of which are consigned from the artists and available for purchase.”

Photo courtesy Rhode Island Row (2300 Washington Place, NE by the Rhode Island Ave Metro)

Is Bergami’s Pizza closed for good?

“Over the last week or so I’ve noticed that the Bergami’s Pizza at Rhode Island Row appears to be closed. I didn’t see any signs, and it appears that they’ve up and gone for good. Did the store go out of business? I loved their pizza, and it always seemed full of customers whenever I went in. Any insight about what’s going on there would be great.”

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1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“&pizza, the collection of local pizza shops known for their gourmet handmade pies, inventive flavor combinations, localized store design, and dedication to the Washington-area community will open its seventh Washington, D.C. location Monday, April 13, in Dupont Circle.

This, the brand’s 12th location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area promises to integrate itself into Dupont’s rich cultural landscape without disturbing the area’s widely recognized communal oneness. Paying homage to the affinity for art and culture, and its importance in advancing the rights of the American gay community, &pizza Dupont features an enormous wall graphic inspired by the equality icon. But that’s not the end. It complements the neighborhood’s ideals around togetherness with two large wooden community tables that rest under schoolhouse lights, bookended by coke bottle chairs, adding an element of youthful flare.”

Oh yeah the pinkberry next door closed too: