The Needle: August 2011

At this Courthouse spinoff of Leesburg’s upscale pizza-and-beer joint, we went beyond our usual order—the Smokey Blue pizza, with Gorgonzola and balsamic—and tried a few other pies. The Fire Cracker, with pepperoni and olives, was a welcome addition to the table, but the Segundo, with apples and an Alfredo-like sauce, was heavy and bland. Starters were erratic: Blue-cheese risotto fritters were flavorless, but creamy spinach dip and spicy-sweet wings were the stuff bar-food dreams are made of.

This article appears in the August 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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.