American Flatbread - Clarendon (Closed)

1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201


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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2009: American Flatbread

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

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