Moroni & Brothers
4811 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Neighborhood: Georgia Ave./Petworth/Takoma DC
Cuisines: South American, Pizza, Salvadoran, Italian, Breakfast
Open Monday 4 PM to midnight. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to midnight. Open Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Georgia Ave.-Petworth
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Diavola pizza; Diosa pizza; carne deshilada.
Pizzas, $8 to $15.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
The fact that this is the area's only Salvadoran restaurant and pizzeria makes this Petworth destination one of the most intriguing places to eat in an area full of cross-cultural experiments. The fact that its pizzas are as good as, if not better than, those from more hallowed operations earns it a place on this list.
Owners Jose and Reyna Velasquez spent nearly two decades at Pizzeria Paradiso. Their crust--thin, with a crunchy bottom and chewy perimeter--adheres to the boutique ideal but rejects its austerity when it comes to cheese and toppings. The result is more generous, recalling the pies you find up and down the Northeast corridor.
The carne deshilada (a steak-and-egg scramble) and tamales? Unusual sidekicks, but delicious in their own right.
Also good: Pizzas such as the Explosive (salami, black olives, and roasted tomato), the Puttanesca (anchovies and black olives), and the plain Moroni.
Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday for lunch and dinner.