Ten-Frien! That's Tenleytown-Friendship Heights for the uninitiated. The newest Pete's outpost is in between the two red line stops, not quite part of the shopping fiasco that is FHeights, but also not the Big Box hubbub at the AU stop. There appears to be a cute newish coffee shop and pet shop nearby, and an unfortunate Italian/pizza joint across the way.
Pete's has become our latest "why not?" on nights we don't feel like cooking or we have guests who want some local flavor. We can walk there, which is convenient, and although there isn't any outside seating yet--likely due to a permit delay--the walk to and from gets enough of that muggy, summer air for this gal. The food is great, mixing up my own Boylan's soda is fun (because I'm 5), and the pies are huge. HUGE. We always have leftover, and it makes my workday lunch that much more interesting.
New Haven-style apizza (a-BEATS, rhymes with a-TWEETS--not Pete's Apizza = Pizza Pizza) has a super thin crust. Now, I'm no NH expert. I only drive through/fly over Connecticut, for the most part. But the apizza has a nice chewy/doughy end (or as my mom calls it, the bones), and the bottom is impossibly thin and crisp without being burned. HOW DO THEY DO IT!? It must be magic. You can't even really fold this pizza if you try, because it's that crispy. Nosh nosh.
Shall we look at some dishes? I'm getting hungry just thinking about it, and luckily I just baked 2 lbs of banana bread.
Fried goat cheese. Can you go wrong? (Answer: no.)
Mmmm fried eggplant (named Edge of the Woods)--we've gotten this pizza TWICE. And the 2009 World Series Champions!!!
Arugula! So fresh and tasty, like having a salad (with dough underneath).
Deeeelightful antipasti plate with housemade pickles (so crunchy and fresh and light), roasted corn and tomato salad (I loved this the most), fried risotto balls (dec.a.dent.).
Halfsies--eggplant from earlier (this is a separate occasion, you see) and meatballs on the Boola Boola!
We really like Pete's. These people are series about their apizza. Just check out this ride:
sort of) to use this image. Because you know, it's shady to take pictures of people's license plates (I'm talking to you, Facebook friends who think those mobile uploads are an Olympic sport).
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
4940 Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro: Red Line to AU/Tenleytown or Friendship Heights--it's really in between. Maybe a little closer to FH if you take the Jenifer St exit.