So I was recently in U Street with a friend and saw &pizza right as we got out of the metro station. Neither of us had been there before but we were both starving and decided to give the place a try—after all, how badly could someone mess up pizza, right?
First of all, I want to say that I am SO happy that we gave this place a chance! It is a small restaurant (limited seating), however it seems as if most people take their pizza to go, so finding a place to sit was not an issue for us.
The concept of &pizza is simple: you make your own custom pizza. The employees there are very pleasant, friendly, and helpful—right as we stood in line, one of the employees (who was making the housemade mozzarella) took the time to explain how &pizza worked and even suggested a few combinations to us. The service was quick and the line moved fast. I ended up getting tradition pizza dough, with a red chickpea sauce, the housemade mozzarella with an assortment of vegetables (broccoli, spinach, green peppers, etc. as you can see in the picture above).
The pizza was cooked within minutes, and then we had the option to finish it off with an assortment of oils, Parmesan cheese, etc. I chose to finish mine with some garlic oil around the edges. My pizza cost around $10.00 (which I think is generally reasonable for the speed, ability to customize, and the size—it is enough for a meal or two, depending on how hungry you are).
The pizza itself was extremely tasty—I actually think it might be the best pizza I have tasted in my life (obviously, since I did handpick all of the ingredients). The staff made sure to check on both of us and ask how our pizzas had turned out once we were seated.
I would definitely recommend checking this pizza place out if you are in the U Street area (they have another location on H Street and there will be two other locations—Brookland and Bethesda—coming very soon according to their website, though I cannot vouch for the quality/service of the other locations).
For more information, visit their website.