Cheap Eats 2009: American Flatbread
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published May 1, 2010
American Flatbread - Clarendon
Address: 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-243-9465
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Pizza, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 4:30 to 10, Friday 4:30 to 11, Saturday Noon to 11, and Sunday 12 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Flatbreads, with toppings such as maple-fennel sausage, country ham and apples, smoked mozzarella, olives, peppers, and onions; pizza with pesto, Swiss chard, goat cheese, and shrimp; New Virginia Sausage pie; strawberry pie.
Price Details: Starters $4.99 to $9.99; pizzas $11.99 to $21.99.

Why go: A wood-fired clay oven turns out artisanal flatbreads with crispy crusts and unusual, well-chosen toppings at this pizzeria. Fixings are local and organic, the wine list rivals that of some cafes, and the place has a laid-back ’70s vibe.

What to get: Bright salads such as the Evolution, with local lettuces, sesame seeds, and ginger-tamari vinaigrette; among the flatbreads (they don’t call them pizzas), a version with Virginia country ham, apple, arugula, and cheddar, or the Punctuated Equilibrium, with roasted peppers, goat cheese, and rosemary; apple pie crisped in the clay oven and dolloped with Moorenko’s honey-lavender ice cream.

Best for: Diners who are inclined to view a locavore-minded pizzeria as a welcome trend, not as pretentiousness.

Insider tip: Monday is half-price-wine night. Other deals include $3.99-a-glass wines and $2.99 drafts during happy hour at the bar (Monday through Friday 4:30 to 7, Saturday and Sunday noon to 7). Don’t be put off by lofty prices for flatbreads—they’re meant to be shared, as are salads and desserts.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.

>> See all of the Cheap Eats 2009 here 

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