Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Potenza Bakery
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Dirt Cheap Eats (2009)
Potenza Bakery
Address: 1430 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-638-4444
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Italian, Breakfast, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 8 to 6, Saturday and Sunday 9 to 6.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, McPherson Square
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Roast-beef sandwich with orange/fennel aioli; stromboli; cherry sticky buns; bomboloni; apricot cream pastry.
Three talented guys oversee the food at this tiled bakery/gelateria/cafe adjoining the Italian restaurant Potenza. Chef Bryan Moscatello offers a terrific range of sandwiches—we couldn’t put down the roast beef with orange-and-fennel aïoli on brioche ($7) or a warm rolled stromboli with marinara for dipping ($7). Pastry chef Chris Kujala turns out gorgeous cherry sticky buns ($2), whimsical gelatos ($2 a scoop), and bomboloni ($6), freshly sugared doughnuts served with cherry compote.

Finally, bread guru Mark Furstenberg consults on the ten kinds of loaves. That’s a kitchen dream team, even if the service has been both forgetful and slow.

Open Monday through Friday 8 to 8, Saturday 10 to 8, Sunday 10 to 6.

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