Monday, July 23, 2012
Washington, DC 20002
I had gone to Toki Underground last weekend and I was going to write...um...blog (let's be honest, this barely qualifies as writing) about it but I had ordered a special instead of trying out their classic ramen. I tried to figure out ways to justify a post about Toki without having their most basic thing and my justification was just to go back and eat there again. So, I went back this past weekend and got there a little later then last week and the wait was 30-40 minutes. I would've waited but I was starving so I decided to try the new pizza place down the street, H &pizza.
As you walk up, the first thing you notice is that it's a pretty narrow space but its also pretty f*cking simplistically cool. There's just a row of communal picnic tables running all the way up to counter with a nice white and red paint job emphasizing all things ampersand. They're overarching theme is that everything goes with pizza. So, you, me, love, trees, platypuses, and kittens are all one with pizza. Hence, the &pizza. It's simple but it does make for some catchy pizza boxes and a cool, modern atmosphere. Yeah, that's right, paint a room white, put in some picnic tables and decorate with really stylish red & black graphics emphasizing an ampersand and you have me hooked. What can I say, when simple is done right, it's fantastic.
Yes, I was lazy and didn't want to incorporate both posts together. Sue me.
The line was a little longer tonight when I got there, all the tables were packed, and the line was out the door by the time I was leaving. Gosh, this place is really taking off.
The Maverick ("You're ego is writing checks you're body can't cash") comes with their classic tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, hot sausage, smoked bacon, soppressata, parmesan reggiano, and oregano oil ("because I was inverted") which is all put on their multi-grain dough. To me, the multi-grain dough had a slight nutty taste compared with normal pizza dough and felt a bit more dense. The pizza was thin but wasn't quite neapolitan as it wasn't quite crisp on the bottom. I didn't detect too much heat from the jumble of meats on the pizza but I liked the blend of sweetness, crunch and heartiness ("Tower, this is ghost rider requesting a fly by"). I thought I would just eat half and take the rest home until half became all and I was just left with an empty box ("Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full").
But hey, I had a back up plan. I had also ordered the dessert pizza so that I could eat it at home while watching the saved programs on my too full DVR. What is a dessert pizza? Well, it's the same multi-grain crust with nutella, ricotta, strawberries, powdered sugar, and pecans. Wait. What? That was ricotta not whipped cream? Remember the scene in Notting Hill where Hugh Grant's roommate thinks he's eating yogurt but it's actually mayonnaise? (Just go with it) Well, that's what I felt like when I bit into the ricotta, I thought it was something but it actually was this other thing though much better than yogurt to mayonnaise. The combination together looks fantastic and really promising and I'm not sure if it was because I waited the 20 minutes to drive home before eating it but it turned out to be a bit too soggy and sweet. It wasn't terrible but I think it needs some work.
This is where we bring it home....
Boundary Road to Toki Underground (which will have to wait until this Sunday as I'm going on a road trip to NC) to the latest addition: H &pizza. (Apologies to anyone I missed). H &pizza not only brings a really hip vibe that's appropriate to the area but also a really hip, creative and flavorful type of pizza. The toppings are fresh, the dough is well-made and the combinations are well thought out. It's the type of place that I really enjoy since they do bring something somewhat different to the table and if the early crowds are any indication, they'll be bringing it for quite a long time.