UPDATE: This poll is now closed; RedRocks won, and will move on to the finals! We're still waiting for the Ella's vs. Flippin' Pizza contest to close at 3 PM; when that contest is over, we'll post the final face-off, which will stay open for voting for a week, until Thursday, September 10.
Well, folks, after a long, hard, pizza-slinging slog, we've arrived. We've made it. We're at the reader-voted Final Four of the Washingtonian.com Pizza Pool. So let's get voting! In this morning's face-off, we have a Columbia Heights showdown. To cast your vote, check below, and for a refresher on how the brackets work, head here.
RedRocks Pizzeria: This Columbia Heights pizzeria's Neapolitan-style pies are cooked at 750 to 900 degrees in a wood-burning, dome-shaped brick oven. Toppings—such as San Marzano tomatoes, arugula, capers, buffalo mozzarella, and Sicilian oregano—keep with the Italian vibe.
Pete’s New Haven Apizza: Co-owner Alicia Mehr hails from New Haven, a pizza Mecca. Although the coal-fired slabs at New Haven landmarks such as Sally’s and Pepe’s don’t quite jump to mind here—they’re thinner, smokier, more brittle—one pie in particular does its forebears justice. The New Haven, an homage to Pepe’s most famous pizza, is a sauceless 18-inch crust laden with chopped clams and pecorino cheese. It’s salty, briny, garlicky—and it stays beautifully crisp.
This poll will stay open until noon on Thursday.
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