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Scuttlebutt Confirmed – &pizza coming to Adams Morgan!!

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm 52 Comments

Back in September 2016 I shared some scuttlebutt that &pizza was looking at this space (the old Ghana cafe back in the day.) Well, the Adams Morgan pizza desert is finally nearing its end! Stay tuned.


2465 18th Street, NW in between Idle Time and Bossa

  • DCRat

    It this any good? I’m a Menomale/Ghibidella guy. I don’t care form Mellow Mushroom (dough seems a bit sweet).

    • It’s more of a “fast casual” option. Better than Jumbo Slices but not nearly as good as Menomale.

    • Rich

      It’s mostly lacking in flavor. In other words, it’s typically awful DC pizza prepared in a format like Potbelly. And they will fight you on Yelp if you give it a negative review.

      • Joshua

        Eff that. If they’re actively trying to manipulate people’s reviews on Yelp, I know where they can stick their long, skinny pizza.

        • Bobert

          … the oven?

          • Joshua

            If that’s your word for it, then yes. The “oven.”

    • kitty

      The crust is terrible. Very cracker and dry. I do not understand the &Pizza frenzy.

      • Hill Denizen

        I don’t get it either. The times I’ve eaten there, it’s been pretty flavorless and definitely did not fill my pizza craving. I do like Mellow Mushroom, though never had it here. Isn’t their pizza a whole wheat or partially whole wheat crust? That’s probably why it’s sweet. All Purpose also has a sweeter crust.

        • jaybird

          I think they put molasses in the dough

      • CathedralHeightsMetro

        Same–it doesn’t really even seem like pizza to me? More like “a bunch of stuff on flatbread.” Like what you’d make at home as a sad pizza substitute if you’re on a diet. What I really dislike is that the cheese doesn’t really melt/meld together enough to form a full layer.

        • MadMax

          LOL if you think the undercooked cheese is a problem do not ever ask for an egg on one of their pizzas. They cannot get that aspect right, and I can’t imagine how many stomachs it’s ruined.

          • T

            Have you tried this recently? I used to think the egg was awful, but I decided to try it again recently (not sure what got into me)… and it was actually great. They did it differently than they’d done before, and took most of the white off before putting it on the pizza, so it was basically just the yolk (and runny yolk = delicious, whereas runny white = vaguely threatening).

        • Hill Denizen

          Yes! This description is spot on. It’s totally a flatbread, not a pizza.

          • textdoc

            That’s a good description. It’s not bad for what it is, but it’s not really a pizza.

          • Rich

            It’s more like cardboard.

      • MadMax

        “I do not understand the &Pizza frenzy.”
        You can get more pizza than one person should consume, with unlimited toppings, for $10. Quality can never be a big concern given those constraints, but it should be obvious why that’s appealing to someone. I’ve personally never understood the jumbo slice appeal either, but it’s all over the place because people like $#!% like that when they’re drunk apparently.

        • FridayGirl

          I like it because I get two meals out of it (and I don’t have to cook). There’s not much at that price point aside from Chipotle that you can get two meals out of.

          • Rich

            For the same cost, you can do better from Stouffers, Trader Joe entrees, etc.

          • FridayGirl

            You changed the goalpost — I was comparing to other takeout/fast casual items. Also, if you really think frozen TV dinners are better then you’re crazy. (Lastly, let me have my one take-out meal a week… i already eat frozen or leftovers the rest of the time.)

          • MadMax

            Rich, I realize you really hate virtually all pizza found in DC, but comparing something made relatively “fresh” to Stouffer’s is just absurd.

      • maxwell smart

        Agreed. There is one near my office.. I’ve been a few times for lunch. Once, it look my entire lunch hour just to order… so much for “fast casual”. If you’re going thinking you are getting pizza or satisfying a pizza craving, prepare to be disappointed. It’s like pizza toppings on a cracker. I’ve found the flavor combinations to be weird.

        • jaybird

          Well you can have it made however you want. You can “have it your way”.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJXzkUH72cY

          • maxwell smart

            Yeah… the problem with this (et. al. fast casual choose-your-own-adventure places) is being overwhelmed with choice, having to make decisions in a split second, usually site unseen, and then having to play chef and trust pairing the right things together.

    • T

      I think it’s pretty good! It’s nothing gourmet, but you can pick your own toppings, their ingredients are good, and I’ve always been satisfied at their other locations. I’ve not found their crust to be cracker-like, though I usually go with the one with grains in it — maybe the plain crust is sort of dry.

    • best

      thought i’d treat an out-of-town visitor to an “experience” by taking him to Menomale. thing was it was mostly mal. pie was meh at best. service was funny how bad it was. i’ll never go back. i left feeling embarrassed

  • ILoveJumboSlice

    Does this “pizza desert” exclude jumbo slice?

    • AdMo Guy

      The Jumbo Slice places only serve pizza if by “pizza” you mean “regret.”

    • CathedralHeightsMetro

      Ha, I was going to respond, “Pizza desert? Y’all too good for jumbo slice?”

      What’s wrong with me if I think jumbo slice is pretty good, albeit grossly large.

      • MadMax

        I’m pretty sure it’s tongue-in-cheek.

        • textdoc

          I hope so. I always found jumbo slices in Adams Morgan to be pretty good when I lived there.

  • TriniSoFlo

    will this place have just as incompetent/slow staff as the H St location? Can’t wait!

    • MadMax

      The number of flies in there from the homeless guys keeping the doors open, combined with the amount of smoke from them never cleaning the ovens, makes me more easily forget just how bad the level of service I receive is. One time part of the ceiling in there literally fell on me while we were sitting down eating. They gave me a free dessert pizza…

      • FridayGirl

        That’s a major bummer. I’m not the biggest &pizza fan but I’ve found the U street location to be relatively consistent and not too slow in their pizza making.

  • Panic photo! I thought Idle Times was in danger – which would make life in DC unbearable.

  • anonymous

    If &pizza is so bad, why are all their yelp ratings 5 stars? Staff input?

    • textdoc

      A commenter claims above: “they will fight you on Yelp if you give it a negative review.”

      • Anon

        Heard the same thing, and also that’s how they were voted best pizza awards in the past. I bet if Yelp or WasPost checked IPs, they wouldn’t see much difference.

    • best

      consider this, how do they win a thousand categories in the city paper best of? best car wash, best cupcake, best salon &pizza. same thing w/ yelp

      • MadMax

        Almost spit my coffee out “best car wash, best cupcake, best salon &pizza”, LOL nice one.

      • Shea M.

        prob because they have a bunch of locations, feed the masses and from what i’ve heard invest in neighborhoods and are good to their employees.

        • best

          invest in neighborhoods? where have you “heard” that? they’re taylor “gourmet” (although better) version 2. and “good” to their employees? please expand on that

  • Zach

    I love &pizza. No need to be a snob. Welcome to the neighborhood &pizza!

    • dcd

      Wanting quality offerings = snob? Weird.

      • Rich

        Some people don’t know any better. Sadly–I grew-up with Italian Americans and I have lived near non-touristy Little Italys, so i do know better. Also I’ve had first rate versions of NYC thin crust, Chicago pan pizza, etc. There are lots of ways to make a good pizza. DC doesn’t have many of them.

        • FridayGirl

          Wow, that’s snobby at it’s finest. This isn’t about knowing better, it’s about personal preference. If you don’t like somewhere don’t go.

          Signed,
          A Person Who Grew Up in a Very Italian Part of NY

          • d

            Ditto that. What we had growing up in an Italian American neighborhood was great, but by no objective measure was it necessarily better than the overall value offered by &pizza. Some people value made to order and lots of options when ordering a pizza. Different strokes and all that…

          • Rich

            DC–home of the thin-skinned whiner and crappy pizza!

          • anon

            And home of relentlessly negative Internet commenters.

  • local

    score for the pigeons. more s#%$y pizza on the sidewalk eat night

  • INWDC

    They have nice branding, but their pizza sucks.

    • best

      what’s the word about pidzza? always empty when i’ve walked by

      • INWDC

        Haven’t tried that place yet…but I’m curious since I’ve had turkish pides at other places and liked them.

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