2711 12 St. NE
Nearby Metro Stops: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Affettati misti; caprese salad; prosciutto-and-mozzarella panuozzo; pizzas—Tacchino (smoked turkey, sautéed mushrooms), Bianca (porcini mushrooms, Parmesan, prosciutto cotto), Di Ettore (cherry tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto).
Salads and starters $4 to $12.50, sandwiches and pizzas $7 to $13.50.
At this low-key pizzeria, in a bandbox of a space near Catholic University, the sparsely topped Neapolitan-style pies are—at their best—models of lightness, freshness, and balance. The gorgeous crusts narrow to a razor’s edge in the center and poof like a balloon on the perimeter. Pizzaiolo Ettore Rusciano repurposes some of his dough to make excellent sandwiches,among them a variation on ham and cheese (prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella) stuffed inside lightly charred flatbread. The well-curated beer list, which features 20 independent brews, is worth exploring. Don’t miss: Affetata (a plate of cured meats, cheeses, and olives); pizzas: Tacchino (smoked turkey, mushrooms), Bianca (porcinis, Parmesan, prosciutto cotto), Di Ettore (cherry tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto); tiramisu; orange sorbet. Open: Monday and Wednesday for dinner, Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.