Top Cheffer Spike Mendelsohn's much-ballyhooed new pizzeria, just three blocks from the US Capitol, has a very cool vibe and is doing great business, but the pizza just doesn't stack up. Tasty toppings and a nice sauce just can't overcome a crust that's disappointingly dense and bland.
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Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately. [Photos: Dave Konstantin] 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....
Pupatella, Enzo Algarme and Anastasiya Laufenberg's wildly popular new restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, sets a new standard for affordable eating in the DC area. Just six miles west of the White House, this Neapolitan-style pizzeria turns out ethereal pies at earthbound prices.
"When you build a pizza oven, suddenly everyone is your friend—even people you were sure hated you! Our neighbor's kids come to the fence with hungry looks and usually go back in with a couple of pizzas." —Dave Konstantin
After much anticipation, Pizzeria Orso, with Edan MacQuaid as executive chef, is up and running in the close-in Washington suburb of Falls Church, Virginia. MacQuaid made his name as head pizzaiolo at 2 Amys in Northwest D.C., now one of the most popular restaurants — of any kind — in the nation's capital, and was a pioneer in bringing true Neapolitan pizza to the U.S. After 18 years in the pizza business, the still-young MacQuaid is now running his own show, creating an exquisite pizzeria that is respectful but not slavish to the ancient traditions.