There’s that old cliche that if you stop looking for things, they come to you. I’m not articulating it as properly as I could, but I think you know what I’m saying. Watching too many cheesy (ha) Christmas movies a little earlier than maybe one should will get one overly sentimental. Oh my…
Well where am I going with all this?
I’m so blessed to live in an area that is close enough to many busy cities and towns (Baltimore, Annapolis, DC, Philadelphia, and many places in, between, and around the area) that I get more of a pick of pizzas places and for that matter, places to go in general then if I were living in somewhere more remote. I should not take that for granted. It’s significant now and it’s going to mean something that much bigger later. Oh here I go being sentimental and dopey again…
Where did I end up earlier this week, that has gotten feeling so emotional? I mean it’s only pizza right? But how can become so invested in something if I don’t have passion for it?
This week my travels brought me to Vienna, Virginia, which is right outside Washington, DC.
First of all, I technically have not written about a pizzeria in Vienna, so any new location is easily going to get me excited. Second, while there’s still historic, more authentic, and older parts of Vienna that are easily accessible, it’s becoming like many other towns, and many other cities across the country, lots of chains, lots of town centers that portray themselves as something they’re not, and lots of transient people.
So when I find a local place, that’s where I’m going first. And remember, I wasn’t looking…
This brings me to Arosto Pizza in Dunn Loring. Which is now more than a metro station, it’s a conglomerate of things that I may or may not have ever been to. There’s chains, a grocery store, and a bunch of things that all look the same, but within all that Arosto brings a much needed local face that we can never have enough of.
The stone hearth pizza oven which heats up these gems is just that, a gem. Some people may frown upon this kind of rapid fire pizza making, and I might have been one of those people, but I got over it. The crusts on both of my orders tasted differently in a good way. My taste buds got a doughy, buttery, and most importantly comforting feeling at times. And as we approach the holidays, this is the kind of pizza and food you want.
Man this was fantastic.
I’m singing the praises before I even tell you what I ordered. Yeah it was that fun.
I was going to go with the cheese, but since I’m only here every once in a while, I went with two distinctively different pies, the District White and, the Smoked Beef Brisket. The latter seems to be appropriate for the time of year.
The Brisket looks like art. The presentation is immaculate. Upon first reading, I thought the slaw would be infused into the pie, which would be quite ambitious. And when re-reading the menu, it would be easy to make that determination. But they pile it on high on top of this already gorgeous array of brisket, cheddar cheese, onions, and scallions. If I had one gripe is maybe a little more brisket would have been preferred. There was just enough (which means not too much for me) barbecue sauce that everything is easily accessible, easy to be tasted, and nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
And like I said, that crust is tremendous. I like saying that word a lot, ‘tremendous’. It’s tremendous, stellar, awesome, and anything else awesome you want to add. Ha…
But even with that being said, the simplicity of the District White was my favorite of the two.
The combination of spinach ricotta sauce (I know right, yum!), mozzarella, romano, and fontina cheeses is already a winner. And I’ve frowned upon some of the whites I’ve had in the past for being overdone, but this was creative, yet simple, and that’s all anyone can ask for. It’s done just right without doing too much. I think there’s an analogy in there somewhere.
I would be happy with that, but they drizzled on some fresh basil that puts this pie over the top after it was already over. And believe me it’s all over after this. The pizza never had a chance. And the visual of the spinach ricotta by itself is visually mesmerizing.
I’m craving some right now. Thankfully I have leftovers.
The prices are listed with the menu, and while there isn’t a lot of places to compare it too, I find them reasonable for their medium vs. large pies. But again, no need to compare it to anyone or anything. These are charming pies that avoid all the pretentiousness that you find in the DC and Northern Virginia areas.
They heat everything in front of you. I was in and out in 10 minutes. But there was no rush. I relaxed a little bit in the small park right outside of one of my new favorite pizza places.
And maybe it’ll be one of yours.
I’m so grateful I made this discovery. I hope to be back again.
Thanks so much, happy holidays, and peace be with you.