2309 18th Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009
Located on 18th Street in Adams Morgan, Pi Pizzeria should not be confused with what we hear is President Obama’s favorite pizza – “π Pizzeria” from St. Louis, which is coming soon to Penn Quarter. We doubt the President has been to the Adams Morgan namesake, but it would be great if he stopped by for a taste test. PizzaSnobo will be happy to accompany him, although we predict both the President and PizzaSnobo will end up voting for the new π in town. Yet Pi on 18th Street is worth a try. The décor is funkier than usual for a restaurant in DC, let alone a pizzeria, and Pi also boasts an outdoor deck.
The pizza at Pi ($9) is priced well, even if the ingredients are not gourmet. Pies are individually sized and fall somewhere between a NY slice and DOC. It’s a style you find across the country in neighborhood Italian restaurants. The crust at Pi is a little on the tougher side, so it is not a surprise that it holds up well without flopping or getting soggy. The mozzarella was fresh and better than an average pizzeria. The sauce was just shy of watery and on the bland side, perhaps our least favorite part. A nice touch was the baked in basil, which happily did not overpower the pizza.
Pi Pizzeria is not the best in town, but it is an oasis in Adams Morgan and better than the jumbo slice joints nearby. It’s also a cool place for a date.