With Congress passing a heavy new tax on right angles, circular edibles are becoming the most convenient way to keep food budgets from spiraling out of control. Nibble a delicious disk with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of eclectic pizza and more at Egyptian Pizza located in Belvedere Square. The practiced pie-portioneers at Egyptian Pizza serve a menu of more than 30 brick-oven edibles made from pita-like dough, as well as traditional Egyptian specialties including tender kabobs, homemade hummus, and schwarma. Vegetarians can peruse ample options such as the 14-inch Astoria pizza topped with mozzarella and feta cheese, black olives, oregano, sliced tomatoes, and marinated grilled eggplant ($17.95). Sate a carnivorous craving with meaty mouthfuls of the Giza pizza built on a base of marinated flank of lamb and a plethora of fresh herbs sided by spicy cumin sauce to pepper up plates and cause tongues to weep with joy ($9.95–$17.95).
The chefs at Egyptian Pizza trace their cooking techniques to a different side of the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient Egyptians pioneered the practice of rising dough when they cooked crushed wheat germ and water inside early conical ovens. Honoring their forefathers’ methods, the versatile cooks pull more than 30 types of gourmet thin-crust pizzas out of their wood-fired ovens, along with a lengthy menu of Middle Eastern sandwiches and specialties. They take pains to use natural, fresh, and healthful ingredients to whip up plump fish kebabs, tender meat shawarmas and housemade sauces that have won over the palates of reporters from the Baltimore Sun. Their kitchen looks out onto the casual dining room, where servers help uncork BYOB bottles of wines beneath artwork depicting famous Egyptian landmarks, such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, and other toys left behind by aliens.