Matchbox (DC & Rockville)

This post is extremely late. Oh well.

Among chains in this area, I do believe Matchbox is one of the better ones, especially for pizza. They should watch out though, because Pi pizzeria has moved in and their pizza is pretty damn good.

Below are drinks Shek and I had while waiting for our pizzas in the Rockville location. Do not get cocktails because they are overpriced for the combination of alcohol splash and juice/water Matchbox gives you. Definitely stick to the beer!

We got a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings and the fixings. I love how they add herbs and parmesan to their ginormous onion rings. Very good. On the right is a Spicy Meatball Pizza… soooooooo yummy– one of my fave pizzas there.

On the next outing, Rockville again, we met up with friends and ordered the crab avocado appetizer. I first tried this app in DC at the Chinatown location. The picture above is much different from the first one I tried. In Chinatown they presented it as a salad with crab cakes and avocado sitting on a bed of greens. This was good, just a little more fancy. The pizzas were a combination of prosciutto, arugula, herbs, cheese…. pretty good, but meatball is still my favorite. And for dessert? A type of banana chocolate bread pudding, REALLY SWEET. Not sure if I would order it again.

So yes, Matchbox is a good chain, with expensive and weak cocktails, but good wood fired pizzas. 🙂

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Mia’s Pizzas in Bethesda

Mia’s Pizzas is located in downtown Bethesda, MD at 4926 Cordell Avenue. Above is a summer salad with mango, oranges, arugula, and red beets! This was pretty amazing. I loved the combination. Everything was really fresh and delicious. I hope they make these every summer!

Croquettes! I love these little fried balls of yummy risotto and cheese goodness. They look good, but they tasted alright. The best risotto balls I’ve had are actually from Taylor Gourmet (sandwiches), which is also in the same neighborhood. The sauce that Taylor pairs them with is AMAZING and a tad spicy (watch out for the heartburn).

Above is a detail of the risotto balls in all its gooey delightfulness, and next to it is a view of the sangria. The sangria had a good balance of fruit and wine, but still a little too sweet. Shek didn’t really like it. I think they had a deal going on for it too… half priced or something on a particular day.

And then there was PIZZA. This was pretty good. Though the crust is a little burnt, it had a good chewy consistency. The meat and veggies were cooked to perfection.

Overall? Good. I think they make cupcakes too! But really, I will always love Curbside cupcakes and Georgetown Cupcakes best ❤

3.14159…..

Pi Pizzeria does not have a proper website, so what you click is a Yelp review page. They’re located in Adams Morgan at 2309 18th Street NW of WDC. It doesn’t look like much upon entering and I haven’t heard a lot of buzz about the place, but we were pleasantly surprised with the pizza.

Our lovely alcoholic beverages and our beautiful FRESH arugula salad. The fresh mozzarella is covered in nuts, I think. This is definitely the day I fell in love with arugula, been buying bags of the stuff from Trader Joe’s ever since!

We got a good tasting of their fresh bread and extra virgin olive oil. I love their plates, very appropriate. And then our pizza had a few modifications. We replaced 2 of the ingredients with goat cheese and mushrooms. It turned out to be a lovely combination. I highly recommend it! In fact, they should totally name the pizza after us 😉

Our view of 18th Street, NW. It’s a great spot to people watch. I really enjoyed our experience here. The waitress and bartender were really nice, attentive, and cool. We happened to be the only two people dining, but I think it was because we were so early (before dinner but after lunch). They also have a small outdoor area for dining, but it was a bit too humid for us.

Next time I’m in Adams Morgan, I’d like to try their other pizzas… with arugula salad again!

Oh Darling!

Darlington House
1610 20th Street NW, WDC, 20009
(202) 332-3722

Darlington House Fries were your typical fare as a reliable appetizer for the table. A’s Tri-Colore Salad with Balsamic dressing on the side was good according to her report.

B’s Penne with Tomato and Basil Sauce was a clean dish approved by my vegetarian and lactose intolerant friend, while my “Skizza” with mozzarella, tomato, and basil was a good meal for a late summer evening.

Overall, I’m glad I finally got to try the Darlington House considering I had lived in the same neighborhood for 3 years. It has 3 areas of dining as their website notes– pub below, outdoor (where we sat), and the upstairs indoor dining with fresh linens. 🙂 Nice date place or great place to people watch. I recommend the SKIZZAs!

DC and Pi-e (pizza)

DC Slice

Veggie Slice was my choice, as seen below. It was decent pizza from a food truck but I wasn’t thrilled. First, it was a long wait for the pizza itself which prompted me to get a cupcake from the neighboring food truck, Sweet Bites. Still, if you’re in the mood for a regular slice of pizza, it’ll satisfy your needs.

Pi Pizza Truck

Fabulous! I’m not a big fan of Chicago Deep Dish pizzas, but this food truck has won me over! They serve up true Chicago style pizzas with the thick crust and plenty of ingredients.

We shared the Western Pie which includes tomato sauce on top of feta/goat cheese, ricotta, and spinach. This was SO good. It was $12 for a pie that feeds 2 people. We also indulged in some San Pellegrino. Mm, love that fizzy orange drink on summer days.

I highly recommend following the Pi Truck on Twitter or tracking them on Fiesta Food Truck’s website. Happy Food Trucking! 🙂

Il Forno

Il Forno

We’re always looking for some good pizza. Frederick was a difficult spot to find good pizza, but at the recommendation of my honey’s co-worker, we tried Il Forno.

We got the Alla Puttanesca with Goat Cheese pizza. Toppings are: Tomato Sauce, Whole Milk Mozzarella, Artichokes, Capers, Black Olives, Fresh Garlic and Goat Cheese.

I loved it! The bread was chewy, and at some parts resembled partially cooked dough. I was questioning this at first, but I think they’re fully cooked, just really chewy crust. The pizzas come out piping hot, and the Medium was enough for 2 + leftovers. It was yummy. 🙂

With fond memories from a carnival I attended oh way back when in North Caroline, I suggested we order some Fried Pickles. Oh boy, they came with a ranch dip, and 1.5 were enough for me! They were super fried, and they look super ugly in this pic, but I really like them. Not as good as the carnival ones, but the crisp batter and warm crisp juicy pickle inside is enough for me.

So, if you are ever in Frederick, looking for some good pizza, definitely check out Il Forno.

Bonus: We happened to stop by on musical trivia night. It was pretty loud, but looked like a good time! We were doing carry out…. but I would be interested next time. Also, they have late nights and a full bar. Service is efficient and the atmosphere is casual.

Birthday in Bmore

IGGIES

BALTIMORE CITY! Located on 818 N. Calvert Street in Mt. Vernon, this place is a pizza gem. MM MM good.

These are some of the pizzas we got. I didn’t take pics of all because people kept coming and ordering. Also, a small is enough for one person, a large is enough for 2 to 3 people.

Margherita: Tomato Ragu, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella

Funghi: Mushroom Ragu, Leeks, Mozzarella, Goat Cheese

I absolutely LOVED the Margherita pizza. I’m a firm believer that if a pizza establishment can make the perfect Margherita pizza then they’re good in my book. This is a simple pizza with simple ingredients but it’s not so simple to make. Just because a recipe is easy to make, the flavors can be complex, in my opinion. Judge a pizza place by their Margherita. The Funghi was not my favorite… I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not a big fan of Leeks (I’m noticing I don’t really like dishes with leeks 😦 sad.)

Salomino: Sopressatta, Tomato Ragu, Smoked Mozzarella

Alice: Pesto, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato, Garlic Spinach, Goat Cheese, Parmesan

By the way, all of these are on thin crust, and it’s so good! Nothing was burnt, just toasty. I think I loved the Salomino just a little more than the Margherita. OMG, the sopressatta was super fantastic. I loved the saltiness and spiciness of the meat and not overgreasy! Mm Nyom Nyom Nyom. Alice seems to be a favorite with the regular customers I was with. I have no complaints about this pizza, but it’s also not my top 3. Still, the ingredients are fresh, and if you’re a fan of pesto, this pizza is for you!

Anatra: Roasted Duck, Blue Cheese, Asparagus, Red Onions, Mozzarella

Pera Saporita: Pears, Gorgonzola, Balsamic Reduction

I enjoyed the roasted duck in Anatra! Some at the table didn’t really like it, but I think the duck had a nice flavor and was complimented by the blue cheese and asparagus, and especially the red onion. I had Pera Saporita the last time I was at Iggie’s, so I did not feel it necessary to indulge again. It’s not my favorite, again, but it’s definitely flavorful because of the pears and balsamic. You can’t find this kind of pizza everywhere!

Milo & Mico: Tomato Ragu, Anchovies, Capers, Olives… no cheese!

After the Margherita and Salomina, the Milo & Mico is my third favorite. There’s no cheese! It’s a vegan pizza. I have a friend in my arts management program who would enjoy this… except for maybe the fact that it has anchovies, hmm. I like tomato,  I like anchovies, I like capers, I like olives… mmhmm. I get it, not a lot of people like anchovies, but really, it’s pretty good on pizza. AND, I’m no vegan, but I didn’t miss the cheese… and I LOVE cheese. I’ll definitely get this again.

Good thing to keep in mind is that Iggie’s allows BYOB and BYOW, bring your own beer or wine. They provide glasses and such, so take advantage! The interior is cozy, and friendly. We sat in a cove with 2 picnic benches. The walls were painted murals of dogs and pizza pies and pizza slices.

Obviously, they are dog friendly– as in, they have a dog drinking bowl outside. If you’re ever in Baltimore City, please check it out!

 

PITANGO

For dessert, we drove down to Pitango, a gelateria. We had to keep the Italian theme going. Yeah, it was Superbowl Sunday, and yeah, it’s freezing outside, but the birthday boy insisted on getting gelato. I opted for the drinking chocolate, or rather, a converted drinking chocolate to milkified hot chocolate. I tasted the drinking chocolate and it was just too think and decadent, I HAD to add some milk to it. It was still good. The staff there are SO friendly. 🙂

I’d say I planned a decent birthday for my guy. Really though, it’s thanks to all his fabulous friends who made it out for pizza and gelato 🙂 GRAZIE!