I know I am late to the game on this one. I had every intention of making it over to Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn's We, the Pizza when it opened in July 2010, but time got away from me and it is only now that I can officially say that I have experienced DC's finest pizza. Let me preface this by saying that my parents are both New Yorkers, and there was a strict rule in my house growing up that we were only allowed to eat New York style pizza. No Dominos, Papa John's, or anything of the sort... it was the real deal or nothing. So I will admit that I am a bit of a pizza snob but I blame my parents. Therefore my pizza eating in DC has been limited, and the only thing that has really exceeded my expectations is pizza from The Italian Store in Virginia. Monday night was a beautiful evening at close to 70 degrees, and my boyfriend Josh and I decided to take a drive over to Capitol Hill to try We, the Pizza. Neither of us had been yet and Josh is also a New Yorker with high expectations for pizza. We, the Pizza is a pretty simple place on Pennsylvania Ave, SE directly next to Spike's burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery. The food is all ordered at the counter and the offerings include pizza by the slice or by the pie, a few salads, subs, homemade fountain sodas, and beer. They offer upstairs seating or outdoor seating which we were able to take advantage of on Monday given the nice weather. While there is nothing fancy or pretty about walking into We, the Pizza, the display of pizza alone is enough to make you drool. The large New York style pizzas are out on display behind the counter so you can make an informed decision about your food.
We each ordered two slices to start: two fresh buffalo mozzerella and roasted tomato, one piece of white pizza with ricotta, fontina, garlic, parmesan, mozzerella, olive oil, and parsley, and one piece of the potato and pancetta pie which was loaded with roasted local spuds, pancetta, carmelized onions, tomato sauce, mozzerella, and rosemary. I would say there was very little talking at the table while we both inhaled the pizza in front of us. Everything was beyond good, but I really loved the white pizza and the mounds of ricotta on top. Also, Josh went back for a piece of the sicilian which had a really thick crust and an awesome chunky tomato sauce on top.
The pizza completely passed the test and we both agreed that We, the Pizza is the real deal. The only complaint I can think of is that it isn't closer to my apartment so I can get pizza takeout on a regular basis. Now that I know how good it is, I might be spending a little more time on Capitol Hill. Thanks to Chef Spike for bringing some New York style to DC. We needed it.
We, the Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003