Any time I go a bit out of the area, I’m going to seek out a pizzeria. No matter how fancy or simple it might be, it’s good to leave home (that’s a relative term) and get to trying new pizzas and having new experiences somewhere else, even if it’s only an hour or so away.
So last Sunday I had the opportunity to be in Chantilly, VA. I’ve mentioned before that I have ties to the area, so any opportunity to be in or around the vicinity makes me happy and feels like home (see) and feels so real to me.
Chantilly like most of Fairfax County, like most of Northern Virginia, and like many flourishing suburbs in the Mid-Atlantic, and then around the country, is loaded with neighborhoods with fancy houses, pricey houses, lots of trees, a good mixture of people, and lots of peace. Well hopefully lots of peace.
With that also comes lots of chain restaurants, stores you see everywhere else, and entities that might be deemed too safe the the rest of the world. Sometimes that’s just what people want, and I don’t see a right or wrong to that.
As I leave one of the these gorgeous neighborhoods, I do a quick search for pizza in the area. There’s always pizza nearby, you have to believe and trust the universe on this one.
And thankfully Buon Appetito’s was minutes up the road waiting for me, and waiting for my patronage. Well I’d like to believe that.
There’s a lot of offices nearby so I had an idea of how the whole vicinity would look, and it was what I was expected. And that’s not the most complimentary of well, compliments.
The shopping complex I entered is as bland and generic as it gets. It’s loaded with stores I’d never want to set foot in, unless I’d really have to, and even that is a stretch. I as hoping the pizzeria would be an oasis of hope within all the box stores that bookend (and elsewhere) dominate the place.
Fortunately, that would be a yes.
The owner is originally from Naples, so that lends to credibility and authenticity that you’re not going to get everywhere.
The inside is massive, it’s spacious, yet it’s so welcoming.
And I had this idea in my head that I was going to discover a different kind of slice. I asked politely, and I received.
The cheese slice was reasonably good, but nowhere near the best I’ve ever had. It’s a solid slice with good cheese and the sauce is what didn’t wow me as I’ve grown accustomed to. The thin crust was fantastic. If it’s a simple cheese pizza you’re seeking this will do the job and then some. Many will love it, and do.
But here comes the slice that’ll keep me coming back. The white pizza with spinach, and feta cheese cubes planted on top, is what pizza is all about. Lately I’ve had some white slices that have disappointed. As simple as it is to make it can also be botched and lose the taste, or either become too cheesy and too oily, or both. This succeeds on all levels, the cheese, the crust, the spinach, and that feta oh my goodness. I write this in the morning and I’m craving one right now. It’s absolutely off the charts stunning.
The bonus is that both slices came to under $5. Yes you read that right. For that and the feta, and likely so much other goodness, I highly recommend a visit to one of their two locations (Chantilly and Dulles), and I believe you’ll be dazzled as well.
For those who are local, you can order online. For Chantilly click here, and for Dulles, here you go pal.
Here’s their menu and catering info, and their awesome story.
If I’m back (and I will be), I’d like to to this again. This was fun.
Thank you so much.