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Moroni and Brothers Pizza Closes on Georgia Ave, “I Got in Trouble”

by Prince Of Petworth December 11, 2013 at 10:30 am 50 Comments

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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.

From happier times in 2008:

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  • monkeyrotica

    I hope they didn’t get in trouble with the mob. Those guys will take your thumbs.

  • Boozehound

    I went last year and found the pizza to be pretty mediocre. However, they were pioneers in trying to revitalize that strip, so it is sad to see them close down.

  • Wonder if it has anything to do with the condos going up across the street.

    • Anonymous

      what’s up, marc

  • OH NO this is terrible news! We signed the contract on our house 2 blocks away while sitting in Moroni Bros 1.5 yrs ago. I’ve gone there at least once a month since then, sometimes as often as once a week. The pizza is great and the staff is fantastic and friendly. I hope they’re OK and reopen. Does anyone know if there’s anything we can do to help?

  • jim_ed

    This stinks. Moroni still has great pizza and the people that run it are awesome. We had noticed that recently they seemed to have given up on turning it into ‘Club Moroni’ on the weekends, and were back to just being a restaurant. Ugh.

  • not_scott

    this is really terrible news…not good for that strip either – first Fusion, now Moroni Bros. I loved their PIzza.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a shame, they did have some really good pizza. Unfortunately, their minimum delivery fee on Foodler was $35. I would have ordered from them if this was not the case. Seriously, this neighborhood needs a Pizza Boli’s. Not a Little Caesars and not gourmet, just real and good.

      • jim_ed

        The Boli’s in Brookland delivers to the neighborhood.

        • Anonymous

          I know this, and it is great in the warmer weather. Unfortunately, by this time of year the pizza doesn’t stay hot enough during the long journey.

        • Idaho ave

          Today’s pizza in brookland delivers to the neighborhood too!

      • Anonymous

        La Villa at 14th and Crittenden…. way better than Bolis.

        • Anonymous

          +1

        • gotryit

          +2

        • kyle-w

          +3

          Run by local guys too. Cheap and very good. If you want to support a local place, these are the guys! The $8.99 large 2-topping carry-out special cannot be beat.

        • Andrew

          +4
          Quick delivery, and really great carryout deals

          • Pizza pizza

            Really? We must have hit a bad day. The one time we ordered from La Villa it was undercooked and the toppings were sparse at best (as in 4 pepperonis on the entire pizza). Which of their pizzas do you recommend? With Moroni sadly closed, we will need to try La Villa again.

          • gotryit

            Personally, I’m a fan of simple pizza: cheese, pepperoni, maybe mushroom. But I’ve also never had one undercooked or sparse on toppings, so maybe you did just have a fluke.

    • Anonymous

      Fusion is still open

  • Anonymous

    This is very unfortunate news, and a severe blow to that block. Best of luck to the Moronis. Hopefully they can get out of this trouble they’re in.

  • ledroittiger

    Man… that is a crazy voicemail. Sounds like someone’s got a gun to his head or something.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes. I hate to see bad things happen to people that can fling around pizza dough like that.

  • LT

    Good riddance. Some of the worst pizza we’ve ever had.

  • Anon

    Horrible, horrible news. This was some of the best delivery pizza in town. And best pizza in general! Our elected officials need to do more to help and protect these small businesses. That strip has lost too many businesses lately. Shameful.

    • Anonymous

      what exactly would the government do to “protect” these businesses?

      • bmoredc

        I’m guessing what the Anon above means is things like improved access to capital (like low-interest loans), technical assistance (workshops, mentoring, or one-on-one consulting on various aspects of running small business); and on the “protect” side of things, perhaps improved police patrols, in the case of commercial corridors that have been plagued by break-ins and whatnot. Lots of government small business assistance programs *do* exist, but often it’s either not enough to meet the demand or it’s not targeted enough (for example, the official SBA definition for a restaurant to be considered a “small business” is $7M in annual revenue–which is actually a lot compared to the average mom and pop joint). Having said all that, without knowing what kind of “trouble” the owners are in, it’s impossible to know if these types of services would have helped.

        • Anonymous

          what a strange conception of what government ought to be doing (providing access to capital, teaching people to run pizza shops, etc).

          • Anonymous

            no it isn’t.
            governments have been doing this for generations.

          • Anonymous

            What, making lives better for its citizens?

  • Elizabeth

    This is very sad. Hope you work things out and are able to reopen. And what, Fusion closed too?? This was such a great little business strip–I’m sad to see these businesses go.

    • Fusion is currently still open but they are planning on moving in the future.

    • Anonymous

      Fusion still open

  • bobbie

    this is such a bummer.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of disturbing… why would a business admit they were in trouble? Are they in some scary situation where they need help but can’t reveal details?

  • fz

    I love this place and I hope this is just temporary. Has anyone walked by it and can report what they saw? I’m wondering if there are any signs on the door with more information (either from the owner or the city).

    • Anon

      The sign I saw last night simply said “closed.” No added information.

      • fz

        Thank you. Let us know if you see something else later.

    • rs

      Mostly it’s just dark with the curtains closed, but I walked by the other day and the lights were on and someone was inside. I couldn’t see too well, but it looked like the dough mixer was in the middle of the space and there were boxes full of liquor and supplies. Not sure what that means, but it definitely looked like they were packing to leave.

  • Petworth Gal

    Hmm. There were a few Groupon/Living Social deals for Moroni Brothers over the last month. I even bought one, since it’s my favorite pizza joint. Wonder if they were having money troubles. (And what does happen to those of us who bought a one of those deals for someplace that goes out of business? Haven’t had that occur before.)

    • Anonymous

      Generally, if you contact Groupon, they will refund your money in this situation, no questions asked.

  • Anon

    I’m sad to see them go as a true pioneer for Petworth’s restaurant scene but the food there was mediocre at best. The last time I ordered pick up from them, they charged me $22 for a flank steak meal that was listed as $16 on the menu–it was completely inedible, tough as nails. The pizza we got was meh at best. I tried them when they first opened, wasn’t impressed but thought I would give them another shot. Hopefully we get a decent restaurant in it’s place.

  • textdoc

    Dang it! I’d heard good things about the place, but hadn’t yet gotten around to checking it out. I guess now I won’t get a chance to.

  • Anonymous

    Moroni and Brothers got in trouble with the land lord. Apparently they had a 7 year lease agreement and the owner of the building is refusing to renew the lease. The owner of the building in where Moroni and Brothers is located is also the owner of the building right next to it. (In between Fusion and Moroni). He is trying to sell both buildings. It’s sad to see Moroni and Brothers close. But I’m sure they will reopen. After all, it’s not how or how low you fall, it’s how you get up and how far you can go.

    • Anon

      Too bad, I loved this place. Maybe they can find another location farther south in Petworth, Parkview or near the new Salt & Pepper Grill in 14th. I hope they will re-open as we will continue to buy their pizza!

      Helpful hint. It didn’t bother us per se, but go for a more family friendly atmosphere. Less club music. Also, if they were able to deliver during the weekday, I’m sure it would significantly increase business. Best of luck!

      • saf

        Huh. I always found it too loud because there were kids running all over, yelling, and playing the tv at top volume.

        Obviously we went at different times.

  • Brian

    I used to like this place and recommend it to everyone, but in the past year they lost my business completely. After several mediocre meals, the final straw was when I went in with our infant daughter at 5:00pm and they had club music on full blast. Since we were the only people there, we asked them to turn it down. It took me asking them 5 times (we’re still the only ones there) before it was at an acceptable level. I got the feeling that families weren’t welcome there any more.

    • Nathan

      A Pizzeria that played club music!?? Dagg, how did I overlook that? I would have SO been there.

  • Lisa

    I’ve been meaning to call health dept on them, but apparently someone got to them first.

    My husband and I have been regular customer of theirs for a year. However, in August, my husband reported to the manager that there were no towels in the Men’s bathroom. The manager said they didn’t have any towels.

    In November, we were back, and my husband reported the Men’s room had NO SOAP AND NO TOWELS. He reported to the manager who said they didn’t have any. When it was brought to his attention that this is a health dept issue and most likely against regulations, he got ticked off. We left and never went back.

    Who wants to eat food prepared by employees who cannot wash and dry their hands? That’s gross!

    They deserve to be closed down.

    • Anonymous

      You don’t know what you’re talking about LISA ! I really doubt that.

      • Petworth Gal

        I had a similar experience one night. No paper towels to be found anywhere. Though they did have soap.

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