Pizza Pino – Washington, DC

by PizzaSnobo on December 8, 2010

1325 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Only a few blocks from the White House, Pizza Pino is yet another slice place in Washington DC that fails to deliver. The location is also known as Café Cantina, but the pizzeria is complete unto itself. Thankfully we came here on a Saturday when it was quiet, because this pizza is not worth waiting on line for. We had heard some okay things about this place, but as we said in the Flippin Pizza review, just because a pizza is a NY Style Slice, doesn’t make it good.

The slices ($2.74 – the odd price immediately made us suspect) are on the heftier side, but were very greasy. The cheese-to-sauce ratio is fine, but there is nothing about the cheese worth mentioning and the sauce tasted canned and left a bit of a sour aftertaste. The crust is the best part, sweet and light though a little too dry. There are minimal specialty pies and the toppings looked better than usual.

People who work nearby Pizza Pino come here for lunch and there is often a line. The price is right and pizza as a rule is rarely horrible, but this is not a place we recommend. It is also worth noting that while Pizza Pino was not listed by the Health Department, their parent company and next door neighbor (so we’ll assume it’s the same kitchen), Café Cantina has had a few too many violations.

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