In keeping with my tradition of treating myself to a nice lunch at a local restaurant at the end of each month, and then posting my review of the restaurant on this blog, I am closing out the month of March by reviewing “We, The Pizza” located at 305 Pennsylvania Avenue (MAP) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of southeast D.C.
D.C. has a number of good choices for pizza, from giant slices in Adams Morgan to wood-fired ovens in Brookland to ones with gourmet ingredients in DuPont Circle. But I’m not going to try to compare them, or say that one is better than the other. I find the various arguments about New York verses Chicago-style, or deep dish verses thin crust, etc., irrelevant. I like them all.
So on the way back to my office on a bike ride I stopped at “We, the Pizza” and picked up a couple of slices to take back for lunch. It opened in 2010, and the place has been getting a lot of publicity lately, including in a recent WETA public television special entitled “Pizza in Washington” So I decided to check it out for myself, and I’m so glad I did.
“We, the Pizza” bakes thicker pies, which it displays on round butcher blocks to entice customers. There are no waitresses. Rather, they hand out pagers when you place an order that lights up when the pizzas are ready. It was hard picking out just a couple from more than a dozen different kinds of pies available and on display. After much contemplation, however, I ended up selecting one slice of sautéed spinach and roasted artichokes, with aged Provolone, Parmesan cheese, and a Béchamel sauce. And when it comes ti pizza, you can never have just one slice. So for my second slice I chose homemade Italian sausage with oven roasted peppers, Mozzarella, fennel seeds, fresh basil, and the house tomato sauce. They were both right up there among the best I’ve ever had.
In addition to their pies, “We, The Pizza” also takes its homemade soda beverages seriously. A staff of “fizzicians” whips up sodas in a variety of delightful flavors such as “Heard It Through the Grape Soda,” “I’ve Gotta Orange Crush On You,” and “Very, Very, Sour-ry Cherry.” They also have a flavor named “Jupina Pineapple Soda,” and with all due respect to people who like Hawaiian-style pizza, in my opinion this is the only place pineapple should be in a pizzeria – never on a pizza.
I can now see why the place has been getting a lot of attention. I highly recommend “We, The Pizza,” and look forward to going back soon to enjoy the remaining styles that I have yet to try.
CLICK HERE for the full length video from WETA.