Pizza is traditionally circular, as its original octagonal shape caused patrons to simply stare at it and wait for the diner on their right to move. Pave your throat’s thoroughfare with cheese with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of apizza and Italian fare at Pete's New Haven Style Apizza. Choose from locations in Columbia Heights or Friendship Heights in DC, or in Arlington, VA.
Roguishly pronounced "ah-beetz," Pete's apizza sets itself apart from the pie pack with a crunchy yet chewy thin crust, irregular shape, and massive size, topped off with fresh, local ingredients. Sauce slingers shape their unique creations primarily into 18-inch disks ($18.95+), single slices ($2.50–$3.25), and surprisingly accurate maps of medieval Normandy.
The menus at Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights, and Arlington each abound with New Haven–honoring styles such as the Wooster Square, with sautéed broccoli rabe, hot sausage, and dry cured salami, or the Boola Boola, named after Yale's fight song and donning a mortarboard of homemade meatballs, roasted peppers, and caramelized onions. The pickily peckish can mosaic their crusts with a 20-strong list of ingredients that reaches far beyond the traditional half-squished grapes and bits of string to roasted peppers, soppressata, and sautéed wild mushrooms, along with alternative options such as vegan cheese and a 12-inch gluten-free crust.
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Pronounced “AH-beets,” Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza sets itself apart from more familiar pie prototypes with a crunchy yet chewy, stone oven-cooked crust. Combining their roots in fine dining with a dedication to fresh and simple Italian cuisine, Pete’s chefs make the gluten-free pizza crust in-house each day and top pies with savory sauce and locally-sourced toppings that are farm-fresh, organic, or made in house.
Pete’s menu also encompasses fresh pastas including homemade lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese. The fortress of feasting also offers a variety of draft and bottled beers, eclectic décor, and oven doors that bark out patrons’ names when they walk through the door.