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?
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 🙂
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 🙂
901 F Street NW, Washington DC
Gallery Place, Chinatown Stop Yellow, Red & Green Lines
2331 Calvert St. NW
Woodley Park, Red Line Metro