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Daily Slice: RedRocks, Alexandria, Virginia
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Serious wood-fired pizza has finally come to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac from the nation's capital. RedRocks Pizza Napoletana, the first expansion effort by the DC-based RedRocks is a success in many ways—the location is ideal, the space is beautiful, and the pies are solid.
While not quite reaching the heights of a Pupatella (Slice review) or 2 Amys (Slice review), RedRocks turns out a very respectable Neapolitan pizza. The crust is slightly breadier than others, but with a nice crispness on the outside and good flavor overall. We had the Filetto (mozzarella, tomato confit, and basil). It was very well-balanced, with a pleasing contrast between the creaminess of the cheese and the concentrated flavor of the tomato. Unlike a traditional filleto made with fresh cherry tomatoes, RedRocks uses strips of roasted tomato to excellent effect.
Service was very friendly and attentive, and the menu features a good range of non-pizza options such as calzones, antipasti, panini, and salads. RedRocks should have a long and successful run on historic King Street. They already have a challenger in Pizzeria Paradiso, now open for business a block or two from the river, but prices at Paradiso look significantly higher for comparable pies.