Category Archives: Capitol Hill

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Slices at We, the Pizza

After checking out the cherry blossoms a few weeks ago, my friend Liz and I were looking to grab a bite to eat. We both wanted something casual, and the immediate area around the Mall offers limited options. The solution was an easy one — hop on the Metro at Smithsonian and travel the three stops to Capitol South, where it was a quick walk to We, the Pizza.

Pies on display. You can order whole pies or choose by the slice.

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I haven’t seen too many pizza joints in DC serving by the slice; it’s a nice option, reminiscent of the New York style that I think We, the Pizza is aiming for.

There are toppings galore. You’d have a hard time not finding something to suit your taste.

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Most slices go for $4. Certainly not cheap, but they’re quite large, so you’ll most likely only eat one, or two, max.  They’re popped in the oven to re-heat before being served.

On the left is a slice of wild mushrooms and thyme. On the right, sausage and peppers with basil.

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Crisp crust and very tasty toppings. Especially those mushrooms. Liz liked her slices (one was a Buffalo chicken) quite a bit.

We both left happy. $8 for dinner (not bad for DC), and we caught the cherry blossoms before they all disappeared. I’d say that’s a successful spring night.

We, the Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC
202-544-4008

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Momoyama: Strange Location, Good Food

I’m classifying Momoyama as a hidden gem.  It’s tucked away in an odd location, a small side street behind the Department of Labor and kind of in a Capitol Hill no-man’s land. Hell, my co-worker Cindy and I work not far from there, and even we didn’t know it existed until we stumbled across it while going for a walk.

We were both pleasantly surprised with this little sushi joint.

Take the age tofu, for instance: lightly fried silken tofu in a sweet/savory broth and liberally sprinkled with bonito flakes. It’s become one of my favorite dishes at Japanese restaurants, and this version did not disappoint. It was a first for Cindy and she liked it too.

While waiting for our main dishes, I made a comment to Cindy how fresh everything looked. All around us customers were digging into sashimi/nigiri, and bento boxes, the contents of which were bright and colorful and just looked, well, good.

Here’s my beef bulgogi bento box.

Generous portions of everything, including the bulgogi, salad, tempura veggies, seaweed salad, and six pieces of California roll.  A lot of food, nicely prepared.

Maybe it’s better that Momyama stays a bit under the radar, because it makes for a great local lunch spot and I’d hate for it to get super crowded. For selfish reasons, of course — I’d like to go back.

Momoyama
231 2nd St. NW
Washington, DC
202-737-0397