I don’t venture back out to the Washington, DC area enough. I was born here, I grew up here, spent my youth here, and now find myself an outsider, but I’m really not.
As eras have ended, new ones can begin. We can honor the past, but not live in it too much. We can honor the present and still be nostalgic all at once. I tend to that part a lot. It must been something good is happening or about to happen.
We skip the good because it’s more than great. Bozelli’s (menu and story) came through recommendations from my friends who live near the Newington location (there’s 4 altogether in the DC area) and have been raving about it. They’ve wanted me to come just to try this pizza. Of course I’m all about seeing my friends, especially ones I don’t see too often, and enjoying great company with great food, pizza or otherwise.
The cozy atmosphere is just what I wanted on this particular day. It’s small, yet big enough to accommodate any group or individual, and they will feel right at home. For me, less is more, even though more can be just as great. For this particular evening, a small group of pals was plenty. And just right.
Suggestions were made and recommendations came. But something about the Mic Mac felt right and felt oh so comforting on this particular night. This is there Mac & Cheese Pizza and it’s incredible….
Macaroni, mozzarella, cheddar, and peperoncini heated beyond words, with a crust that will make warm you all over. This hit my heart, my soul, and everything in between. The quaint and almost eerily quiet atmosphere added something to this. This is my kind of Saturday night.
I can’t say enough about how this pizza was put together. It’s like it was speaking to me and telling me you’re surrounded by good people, by a good energy, a home away from home, and that everything is going to be alright. On this night everything was more than alright.
You get a few simple ingredients, a good energy behind the pizza creators, a perfect temperature to heat it, and you get this masterpiece. I know how amazing it tasted, but writing about it in hindsight tells me just how brilliant this was.
After that, where do you go from here? Well I had to do a reprise. I stayed in the area, and the following day I went with one of the suggestions, to go of course, the Boom Boom Chicken.
I can’t say which pie was better. It’s not a fair assessment. I loved them both for different reasons. This was to go, so the experience was different. It’s not that I didn’t have time to savor it like the night before, it’s just that I didn’t have time to savor it. Make sense? I loved it though. Chicken on a pizza is usually a safe bet. But this wasn’t just a safe pizza, this was another work of art. The fire-braised chicken, red peppers, and the spicy mayo complement one another oh so well.
The mozzarella base is almost lost in the shuffle, but it shouldn’t be. That’s the soul of the pizza. Yes I say soul, because everything starts with cheese pizza. Without that, the whole doesn’t equal the, well you know…
The prices for any size are reasonable, and nothing goes past $20 for the largest pizza. For Washington, that’s a good price. It’s a great price anywhere, but food and experiences like this have no price tag. They mean more than any dollar amount or any receipt.
Great experiences will last with you in this lifetime, into eternity, and every lifetime after. This is one I will always regard with highest esteem because of not only the context, but for the magical moment in time. This was so significant for so many reasons. We all have those stories, you have those stories, where it wasn’t just about the food, and the food only played one part, yet an important one.
This was amazing, this was special, and this was important.
Until the next visit…
Peace Be With You…