We had spent the night in Richmond, Virginia prior to setting out for our nation’s capital. It wasn’t a huge drive with respect to distance, but traffic was a bear, and once we actually got into Washington DC, the traffic was absolutely brutal. So, once we checked into our hotel in Georgetown, it was time to snag a bite to eat, and there was no way we were driving anywhere after the stressful trip in. Since we were staying right off of Wisconsin Avenue, which is brimming with businesses and places to eat, we decided to just pick a direction and walk until we arrived someplace that looked promising. Angelico Pizzeria was the first place we came to that looked like it sold more than bagels and coffee, so in we went.
Angelico Pizzeria doesn’t have servers, just someone taking your order behind a counter and ringing you up, so we can not do a full review. But we do want to mention the place since we did eat there, and DC is such a touristy place someone might be tempted to eat there and find our comments useful. If you do decide to eat there, you might want to double up on whatever cholesterol medication you’re taking, because you’re going to be eating some grease. We opted for a large specialty pizza called the Meat Classic. Sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, ham, bacon and Italian sausage are certainly pizza ingredients we’d consider worthy of the “classic” moniker. And as far as taste goes, the pizza tasted fine – even pretty good. However, this pizza was very, very greasy. We’re not sure if that’s because of all the meat or if greasy pies are par for the course at Angelico’s, but be warned that you might clog an artery or two while you’re there. There is grated (really it’s powdered) Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flake available if you want to kick things up a notch. We used the cheese to absorb some of the grease, which when combined together formed a tasty sludge atop the pizza. While it didn’t eliminate the grease, it did hide it from sight which allowed us to enjoy the pie a little more. As for price, the pizza was very reasonably priced, so we didn’t feel cheated.
The restaurant itself wasn’t too dirty, but we wouldn’t necessarily consider it that clean, either. There aren’t a whole lot of options other than soda and other regular drinks with which to wash down your meal. If you want decent plates and utensils, better bring them with you because the ones in the restaurant are pretty much useless. The paper plates were extremely thin – thin enough that doubling them up still didn’t stop the grease from soaking through to the table. Knives and forks were of the flimsy plastic variety, and cutting the pizza up was nearly impossible. But honestly, we think the target demo for Angelico Pizzeria is probably the inebriated folk that stumble out of one of the many nearby bars, and those folks probably could care less if they’re using their hands or a knife and fork.
The bottom line is that while we’ve had worse pizza before, we’ve had a lot better as well. Angelico Pizzeria may not have too much competition in the area, but if you’re looking for a pizza that isn’t going to increase your risk factor of a heart attack, you should probably walk past this restaurant and try another. If you could care less or you’re hammered, then Angelico Pizzeria might be just the thing you’re looking for.