100 Best Restaurants 2009: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

No. 83: Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Cuisine: Few pizzas are as refreshingly unpretentious—or as large—as the 18-inch versions at this Columbia Heights eatery. The New Haven–inspired, thin-crust pies also can be had by the slice.

Mood: Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the urban bustle into the dining room, but the space is softened by butter-hued walls and wooden furniture.

Best for: Grabbing a slice to go; a quick meal with friends before or after a show or movie.

Best dishes: Seasonally inspired antipasti, which have included a quinoa salad with beets and walnuts and grilled summer squash; white-clam pie; pizza topped with pepperoni or fennel-scented sausage; Sorbillo’s Original, a turnover filled with cured meat, ricotta, and mozzarella; gelato from Georgetown’s Dolcezza; amaretti cookies.

Insider tips: During weekday happy hour, 4 to 6:30, a pint of Peroni beer plus a slice of cheese pizza is $5. If you’re customizing a pie, stick to a couple of toppings—the pizzas can get too heavy when they’re loaded.

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Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.