We came here on a Saturday evening and had a wonderful time. I have been to this place a few times, and every time, I love it just as much as the first time. The staff is one of the most incredibly friendly I've ever encountered; they genuinely seem happy to be there and they seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. That can make all of the difference in some cases. Here, it's just the icing on the cake.
The dining area is clean and is right next to the kitchen. You can watch them chuck your pizza into a big flaming oven, if you'd like. There is also a nice outside dining area that is gorgeous in the afternoon, being on the west side of the building.
-There is ample parking, with a small lot on either side of the building and a long strip of street parking right next to it (angled, not on the main drag).
-They tend to always have good music on. When we were there, there was a live band upstairs.
-The staff is very pleasant
-They bring you water in large glass bottles so you don't have to constantly ask for more, if you're like me and you love water
-Again, let me say, the service is EXCELLENT. I don't know to what demon the head chef or owner has sacrificed his soul to get this stellar staff, but whatever the case... they're doing it right.
THE GOOD FOOD
-They keep their parmesan in the fridge, as it should be, so you do have to ask for it (and pepper flakes)
-The pizza crust. Holy sh....stuff I can't say in this review, but I love their crust. It is light, soft and crispy at once, and has a wonderful flavor. It's not at all greasy. They sprinkle little granules of seasalt on it as well, up around the edges, which is delicious.
-They serve more than one variety of white pizza! I am a huge white pizza fan (their Bianco makes me purr) but it seems like it's very rare to find somewhere that actually offers more than one type. When we were there, they had 6 flavors of white pizza.
-Your pizza can be made gluten free (add a couple bucks, I think)
-The hazelnut gelato is deliciousssssssss, precious.
-Soup? Get the Tuscana.
I think that what I love best about their pizza is the fact that it's really not all that greasy. It's hard to make something with that much cheese that doesn't just ooze grease all over the place, but they manage it here. Walking up to and into the place smells phenomenal, and then they back it up.
-Eventually, your food is gone and you have to leave.
-You do not get ice in your glasses, but that's not a huge deal
- I don't think they do by the slice, but screw it. You'll want the entire pizza anyway.
My pizza was pretty darned big and with the tip it was $16. Some people might whine that it's too much for a pizza, but those people are wrong. Completely wrong. Eventually, you'll wish you hadn't eaten there though, because no other pizza in Washington is going to compare. Ever.
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