Washington, DC 20018
I was heartened by the fact that at two in the afternoon the place was still pretty packed (even though it probably only seats about 25 max) and it continued to turn-over pretty briskly the whole time I was there. Menomale is a traditional Italian pizza joint or Pizza Napoletana akin to 2Amys and Pizzeria Paradiso. It also boasts some homemade calzones and some other Italian staples. I was really tempted to order a calzone for take out after my meal but I'll just have to order one when I go back. Today, I stuck to their bread and butter which is the pizza.
Green Pig. I really need to find out if they sell this in any local stores because I'm really enjoy the beer. It has a nice light taste with no hints of bitterness. Maybe I should just take a trip up to Brooklyn.
To start, though, I ordered Proscuitto e Melone which is some prosciutto generously wrapped around two pieces of cantaloupe. These were circled by some arugula drizzled lightly with balsamic with some halved strawberries and grapes. They also included two wedges of orange in the middle. It was also served on a really big plate which was a theme that would continue throughout the meal. I guess they don't believe in small presentations at Menomale. The combination is pretty classic so I enjoyed the salty/sweet flavors of the prosciutto and cantaloupe. The one surprise to me were the grapes, strawberries and arugula. The contrast there was even more flavorful and I could have eaten much more.
It took me a while to find Menomale due to my unfamiliarity with DC still. Brookland still feels like an out of the way location to me but the joint was constantly busy while I was there. I guess in DC, if the food is good enough then people will find it. That's the case here. The pizza, just by itself, is well worth the trip from anywhere. The atmosphere is casual and hip. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very relaxed. I've only been once but I'm already dreaming about my next pizza from Menomale or trying out their homemade calzones.