Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Restaurant Wednesday: Random Pizza Thoughts
Fine. I admit it. Trying to post a review of a different restaurant in a different town every Wednesday was a lofty plan. So today I figured I'd switch gears and just talk about pizza. I used my traditional "Restaurant Wednesday" headline because I feel guilty (see previous post) and am trying to hang on to my promise. But after today, I will only use it when it legitimately applies.
Now onto pondering pizza. It's one of my favorite things to eat, and I'm guessing it's one of yours, too.
I grew up in the Northeast, where good takeout pies are relatively easy to come by. But I moved to DC when I was 21 and quickly discovered how lacking this city is in decent pizza purveyors. Domino's? Um, I don't think so. Armand's? I'd rather eat my thumb, thanks. For several years I complained about DC: Awful humidity, slow grocery store checkouts, and terrible takeout pizza. But as time passed I gradually quit my grumbling. I think it ceased completely when I discovered Vace.
I guess this does sort of fall under my wanna-be regular Wednesday rubric, but not really, because Vace is a deli, not a restaurant. It's a damn good deli, though, and I think it's the only place in my fair city where you can get decent pizza to go. The Vace sauce is vibrant but not too sweet, the mozzarella soft and not heavily applied, the toppings respectable--homemade meatballs, freshly sliced onions, etc--and the crust chewy yet crisp. People who know good pizza understand what I mean. You can buy it by the slice or whole pie at Vace and believe me, you should buy it by the whole pie. (Bonus tip: Atomic Billiards, a mellow but merry bar a few doors away, welcomes patrons to bring in food from outside. A pizza from Vace goes great with their draft beer, awesome jukebox, and billiards. I am just saying.)
Anyway, Vace is my choice for takeout pizza in DC. Any fellow residents care to chime in? And we might as well discuss the more refined eat-in places while we're at it. Of course we have Paradiso and 2Amys but I want to hear about Pete's New Haven Style Apizza in Columbia Heights. Has anybody been there? How is it? What is New Haven-style pizza, anyway? Even my best friend from Connecticut doesn't know!
I also want to hear from the far-flung contingent: Where do you get your pizza? What kind of crust do you think is better: thick or thin? Why? I've heard that you haven't had a real slice of pizza until you've been to Naples, Italy. I've never been there but I did have remarkable pizza in Siena--it was topped with potatoes and crushed rosemary. What's the ideal topping, in your opinion? Does anybody have an easy recipe to share? Drop your pizza knowledge in the comments!
PS: Photo from Vace's charming website (Tell me that music doesn't make you want to dance a little bit.)
Posted by Catherine