Cheap Eats 2010: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 15, 2010
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Pete's New Haven Style Apizza - Columbia Heights
Address: 1400 Irving St., NW, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-332-7383
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Columbia Heights
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Sorbillo’s, a turnover stuffed with ricotta and salumi; white-clam pie; pizza with anchovies, olives, and capers; antipasti, which has included black lentils with pickled celery root and bacon, fingerling-potato confit with anchovy dressing, and roasted b

Why go: Two years ago, first-time restaurateurs Joel and Alicia Mehr started turning out their New Haven–style “apizza,” which quickly became—and remains—one of Washington’s best pies. There’s an unrivaled balance of crispy, thin crust and just enough sauce and cheese. An outpost is slated to open this summer in DC’s Friendship Heights.

What to get: New Haven–inspired white pizza with garlic and chopped clams; the Napoletana, a salty flavor bomb of anchovies, olives, and capers; the rectangular dough pocket known as Sorbillo’s Original, spilling ricotta and salumi; seasonal antipasti such as roasted beets with ricotta salata, couscous with pistachios and orange zest, and asparagus with prosciutto and Parmesan; miniature lemon-meringue tart.

Best for: A quick slice after a Target run; dinner with the kids; delivery pizza that will hold up for a couple of days (the pies are 18 inches).

Insider tip:
Weekdays there are lunch specials from 11 to 4—two slices of cheese pizza or one slice and a salad, plus a drink, for $5.99—as well as happy-hour deals from 4 to 6:30: half-price draft beer and house wine, a pint of Moretti with a slice of cheese pizza for $5. Pete’s delivers in a limited zone, although that service tends to be slow.

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