Gluten Free Pizza Quest – DC

So excited to post my first official eating out entry from Washington DC!

When I moved to DC I knew that one of my first orders of business was to find some decent gluten free pizza, since that is one of my favorite things to eat out.   In NYC I tried a ton of pizza (Risotteria, Mozzarelli’s, Slice, Naked Pizza), and narrowed it down to Pala Pizza as my favorite.  The first place that I tried in DC was Ella’s Pizza.

Pluses = they have a number of unique toppings (caramelized onions, gorgonzola and rosemary), they have gluten free beer (Redbridge and St. Peter’s)

Minuses = when you add $2 for the gf crust, it can get expensive for a 10 inch pizza, so I would recommend sharing.  But the biggest minus is that the crust is kind of bready and soggy.  I know it seems odd to describe something gluten free as “bready”, but it was.  I prefer my pizza thin and chewy though, so if you like a thicker crust you may like it.

Ella's margherita pizza

We also got the mini eggplant, parmesan and ricotta rolls as an appetizer.  These were alright, I guess.  They tasted good, but nothing that’s going to blow your mind.

Ella's eggplant rolls

Now, the second place that I tried might be the overall winner – trumping Pala Pizza in a surprising underdog victory.  What is this drool-worthy pizza?

Open City

First of all, I love that you can eat outside here and enjoy a Redbridge with a scenic view.

They also have a lot of other gf options on their gf menu that look amazing – like the Grilled Salmon with Coconut creamed corn & sautéed spinach.

And lastly, every Wednesday night they have a Gluten Free Pizza Party (squeal like a little girl).  When all of their gluten free pizzas are half priced.

The pizza is truly to die for.  It’s one of those things that make you stop and question for a second if it could really be this good and gluten free.  Then you just forget about it, push that thought out of your head, and shove another piece in your mouth.

Next time I’ll have to take a better picture…

Phone picture fail

This time I got the Julienned Vegetable pizza with zucchini, squash, carrots, pesto, parmesan & mozzarella.  I shared it with a friend and I still had a piece left over to take home.  This one was great – very cheesy and a good amount of EVOO spread throughout.  The thing that I love about this pizza is that it has that really great crust that is a bit hard to bite through, and then takes awhile to chew thoroughly.  I asked for a side of marinara to dip in, and next time I think I’ll get a tomato based pie.  Plus then I can take a better quality picture 🙂

Update (8/2/2011):

I went back to Open City with the Gluten Free Grazer, and got a traditional cheese pie with broccoli added. Even though it was no doubt a healthier alternative, I still preferred the greasy and cheesy julienne vegetable one 🙂


Ella’s Pizza

901 F Street NW, Washington DC

Gallery Place, Chinatown Stop Yellow, Red & Green Lines

Open City

2331 Calvert St. NW

Woodley Park, Red Line Metro


9 responses to “Gluten Free Pizza Quest – DC

  1. Wow, congrats on your move to DC! I have heard Open City was great, but didn’t realize it had GF options! Sweet. Best of Luck!

  2. Thanks! If you’re ever back in DC I will totally meet you there on my new mission to try every kind of pizza that they have. I heard that they have great brunches too. Best of luck on your big move too! Guess we’re both going to have some new gf adventures in our future 🙂

  3. This makes me want to go to DC!! I live in Southern Indiana…the heartland…where everything is fried. To add to my level of food-loving, aside from having to be on a gluten-free diet, I’m also a vegetarian. Here in Indiana, everything is also meat. So…dining out for me is a challenge. I have been craving pizza for like 2 months now and haven’t been able to eat it since no one here does gluten-free. You ask if they do gluten-free and get, “What’s a gluten?” *sigh* I envy you…and am currently looking for jobs in other areas (like DC, Boulder, CO, NY, etc…) that are a little more gluten-free-friendly!

  4. Also have to say the eggplant ricotta rolls look like something Gordan Ramsay ordered on Kitchen Nightmares and immediately would comment at how bad it looks in presentation…how it’s just a mess.

  5. Lol – they do look Kitchen Nightmare worthy! Especially that weird crock pot thing they came in. Maybe I’ll tell the chef next time I’m there 🙂

  6. I never knew about Open City’s gluten free pizza night. We’ll have to try it out sometime!

  7. If you haven’t tried Rustico, you should! Amazing GF pizza; they use a chick-pea crust.

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