3715 Macomb St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian
Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Romanesco cauliflower;sardines; eggplant Parmesan; Vongole pizza; Margherita pizza
The first thing you see at this clattering, kid-packed Cleveland Park pizzeria is the line of pies waiting to be picked up from the kitchen counter. But good as they are, the Neapolitan-style pizzas aren't the main reason to love this place. We enjoy cobbling together a meal of stellar small plates, salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards.
Look to the specials for interesting spins on seasonal veggies, usually simple but always bright with flavor. We're thankful that some favorites--deviled eggs topped with piquant green sauce, an orange salad dotted with olives, gorgeously fried prosciutto croquettes--never leave the menu. Save room for dessert, especially the excellent house-made ice creams.
What to get: Anchovies with butter and bread; goat cheese with fig spread; Norcia pizza with salami, grilled peppers, and Grana Padano cheese; Vongole pizza with in-shell cockles and capers; cannoli; weekend doughnuts (our favorite in the area).
Open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Moderate.