With this pregnancy, I have eaten more pizza than I’ve eaten since high school. It’s gross, but it’s what my Dark Passenger wants.
For a long, long time, getting pizza in DC was a real disappointment. But that has changed. … Or my taste buds have changed.
Anyhoo, if you want decent pizza in DC, check out these spots:
Al’s Pizzeria – Located on East Capitol and 14th NE, Al’s makes a decent plain pizza. However, DO NOT get the wheat crust. Not good. Also, DO NOT try to get fancy and get veggie toppings. You will be disappointed. Also, when you call to order a pizza for delivery, DO NOT ask for a “large pie.” This will bring about confusion and the talk of “fries”, which you also don’t want.
RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria – HC and I made the trek up to Columbia Heights a few weeks back to hit RedRocks with AM and CO. And boy oh boy was it worth it. The place is small, but these pizzas are really delicious. I can’t speak for the beer and wine list, because of the whole sober thing. But everyone else enjoyed what they had. I would absolutely recommend it.
Pete’s Apizza – Another Columbia Heights spot, this pizza is excellent. After I helped AM and CO pick up a dresser a few weeks ago (and by “helped” I mean that they carried the dresser five blocks while I drove by them yelling out, “You’re doing a great job!”), I was rewarded with a stop at their local pizza joint. And it lived up to the hype. The set up is very laid back. You head up to the counter, place your order, and then look for a table a la Chop’t. And like Chop’t, this place gets packed. Because the food is excellent. And it doesn’t hurt that they have a Boylan’s soda machine and beer. That we had to stand while we ate was no bother. At least, not to me.
[Sidebar: I don't love Chop't. It's fine. But it's pretty darn expensive for what it is. And the excessive chopping borders on insane. But if you tell them not to chop it into a mush AND have them put like a 1/4 of the amount of salad dressing they want to use on it, it's fine. But that's the problem: it's just fine. But whatever.]
Seventh Hill – This place is on Seventh St SE between Penn and North Carolina, right near Eastern Market. Back in the fall, CC and I went there on a Friday to check it out. It’s very solid pizza. At the time I was adhering very closely to the pregnancy food don’ts and missed out on some of the more delicious sounding pies. But no matter – it is decent and worth the trip. Now that my work load is about to reduce dramatically, I might have to revisit this place.
Rayburn & Longworth Cafeteria – Don’t judge. The pizza in our cafeteria is so tasty. Rayburn is all fat and sugar, but it’s fantastic. Longworth give yous a larger slice cut in a square. And they generally have more options. This pizza has saved me from vomiting numerous times this fall. And when you’re just so hungry you can’t handle lines, the cafeteria pizza is a great appetizer to lunch. Next time you’re in the building, check it out.
Two Amy’s – Tho I haven’t been there yet, Two Amy’s has a great reputation for being a good place for a pie. I will have more to say on this after AM and I hit this joint… maybe this week?