100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Menomalé


Di Ettore Pizza (chef's special). Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Menomale


2711 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20018
2711 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20018
NE Northeast Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

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
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.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

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.