I’ve decided to go in a different direction this week. Well not entirely. I was all set to do another one from Philly. That will happen at a later date. I don’t have the entire word at my disposal yet. But I do have significant parts of the northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
This weeks brings be back to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. And just when I had a place in DC lined up. I changed my mind this week after an unplanned visit to Pete’s New Haven Style APizza. And I was pleasantly surprised about so much.
The Village of Friendship Heights neighborhood where this Pete’s is located is right on the DC, Maryland line. And this is one of the the more cozy parts of the city. I like it. In a town of transplants and what-do-you-do’s, this is one of the more folksy and approachable versions of DC you’re going to find. Is this even real? Maybe I’m being delusional but it’s fun to just believe. Even if it’s a fallacy. Well onto the pizza.
If you had asked me two years ago what I thought about this style, I would say no thanks. I would say it’s not real pizza, it’s a cheap imitation of the real thing. How ignorant was I?
I had all the expectations of ordering a pie but when I walked in I was pleased to see a display of slices at the counter, and at affordable prices. This is DC we’re talking about where things can be exorbitant. I believe both slices totaled only $6. Fantastic.
For the sake of my first visit here it was only right to go with the New Haven and the plain cheese, which didn’t have an alluring name. Here’s the menu with all the captivating titles.
The New Haven is something that will need time to grow on me. I love white pizza but clams is an acquired taste. I love seafood and I love it on my pie. And even though I’m a still a newbie to these kinds of pies, it was still a surprise when I got a double shot of crunch with from the thin crust and the clams themselves. Again, to folks who are used to this kind of pie, this is the norm. For folks used to traditional thicker crusts or New York Style this is an atypical apizza. Ha I can be funny. I was so deep into the clams that I hardly noticed the garlic, olive oil, or anything else.
Speaking of that crust, that has grown on me. I like all kinds and for the many who want less carbs and less bloat, these slices will benefit a lot of us.
With that being said the tomato sauce on the plain is still something I can’t completely get into. I know folks that love it and many of my friends from the metro area love this place. I see why. There is an appeal. It’s non traditional for what many of us are used to. I am being careful as you can see, how I approach what might be traditional may be out of the norm for others.
Speaking of locations, whether I’m back at Friendship Heights or another one will likely be at random. There’s so many more slices and pies to try that this must be revisited. I know I’ve said that before about other pizzerias. I hope I can get back to this one at a reasonable time frame.
I had a good feeling before I even walked in and an even a better one after writing about it.