Under the guidance of pie professionals Iris and Mike Wasserman, Pizza Stop's chefs handcraft batches of dough daily for pizzas in between artfully assembling subs, sandwiches, and pastas. The bacon pizza ($8.75 for 10", $14.75 for 16") rouses slumbering taste buds with a meaty wake-up call and the white pizza ($7.75 for 10", $12.75 for 16") eschews pigmentation for a savory, snow-hued canvas. Mouths can embark upon a Hellenic sojourn through the pita-swaddled chicken-souvlaki sandwich ($5.95), speckled with feta cheese, homemade ziti dressing, and tiny tomato Minotaurs. The steak-and-cheese sub ($5.75 for 7") quiets howling stomach sirens with a slab of 5-ounce rib eye and pastas such as lasagna ($8.95) toboggan down the esophagus. Diners can feel the breeze ripple through their knuckle hair in the outdoor eating area, weather and opportunistic clouds permitting.
Geppetto Restaurant opened in 1977, quickly perfuming its surroundings with the rich scents of housemade Italian food. Hints of roasting garlic, simmering tomatoes, and bubbling cheese still hang in the air, conjuring images of the cooks hard at work in the kitchen, spreading spicy sauce across inch-thick sicilian pizzas and laying steamed Prince Edward mussels on plates of housemade spaghetti. Overall, the menu takes a slightly Californian approach to Italian cuisine, as evidenced by its sautéed chicken and artichokes entree as well as its rich ricotta pies that are dusted with toasted almonds. Another nod to the West Coast is the eatery’s extensive wine list, which tallies more than 150 different bottles, 70 percent of which hail from the Golden State’s 24-karat gold soil.
With an emphasis on distinctive, Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, Pizza Tempo's pizzas stand apart from ordinary pies like a furry sports mascot at a state dinner. The pizzeria’s pie-pitchers throw toppings including grilled zucchini, corn, caramelized onions, gyro meat, and pistachio mortadella onto hand-tossed build-your-own margherita pizzas. Choose from a medley of gourmet specialty pies, such as the Tempo special pizza, with sucuk (a turkish beef sausage) joining fresh tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and mozzarella cheese in a circle of camaraderie, or opt for the meat lovers’ option, piling spicy beef franks, salami, meatball, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese atop a crisp crust ($11–$18). Meanwhile, Pizza Tempo’s boat-shaped pides change the shape of dining, carrying edible cargo including eggs, lamb, and feta cheese to gastronomic ports of call ($8–$10).
Jiffy Shoppes owner George Agouridis continues his family's 30-year legacy of good eats, treating bellies to a menu loaded with 23 subs, fresh pizzas, fried pickles, and breakfast sandwiches accented by his mother's specialty Greek dishes. Dining pairs devise new twists on a traditional favorite by diving into the gyro platter's appetizing display, rolling greek salad into thin slices of lamb or dipping crisp fries into the house's special tzatziki sauce. Jewel-toned glasses of red or white wine crown the meal, and may incite toasts to good company or the health of a newborn mayor.
Potomac Pizza’s chefs toss and stretch fluffy, nonfat, and cholesterol-free dough into pizzas lauded by the Washington Post for “returning pizza to its good name” in a world of national chains. The DC-area pizzerias create each pie with freshly-made sauce and a selection of 24 toppings, such as grilled chicken, eggplant, feta cheese, and Canadian bacon. Potomac Pizza’s kitchens also whip up calzones, and other Italian specialties such as lasagna and veal parmesan, served in Potomac’s dining rooms or nestled into boxes for takeout and delivery orders.
Comet Ping Pong was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and has garnered praise from local press, including the Washington Post, for its sustainably sourced fare, homemade pizza, young and energetic atmosphere, and rows of indoor and outdoor ping-pong and foosball tables that patrons play for free. Saucy starters such as the hot wings ($6) flap in time with tunes played live by local and international musicians in a family-friendly atmosphere, and bronzed dough disks such as The Smoky ($13) stuff jaws with bacon and smoked mushrooms until they stop gabbing about the performers onstage.