Another addition to the 14th & Irving big-business-bang hatched yesterday.
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza is nestled in the corner behind the Potbelly and the west entrance to the Columbia Heights metro. With all the construction and finish-work being done on the condos above, it's easy to miss the place, wedged beneath scaffolding and noisy whatnot...
I'm not familiar with the idea of "New Haven Style Apizza" -- evidently "apizza" is a colloquial term for this particular subspecies of pizza(?!?!) But New Haven? What, pray, is Connecticut's unique contribution to the pizza universe?
That's not a snarky question, seriously: what's the deal? At first I thought the name was just a weak pun, which isn't a bad thing. Clearly I dig me some weak puns.
For what it's worth, they claim (via the website) to use organic and local ingredients whenever possible, to be environmentally sensitive, and to revere "the Italian food culture of freshness, quality and simplicity." So there you are.
This aint no cheap apizza, neither. The basic pie will run you $17.95, one topping $19.95, two toppings $21.95, three or more $23.95. In terms of raw cash, Red Rocks beats Pete's by several bucks ($8.95 for the Red Rocks basic pie, plus $1.50 per basic topping or $2.50 for the exotic stuff).
BUT, Pete's toppings list offers some nice items as well: sauteed wild mushrooms, fried Italian eggplant, asparagus, carmelized onions, grilled artichokes, etc. This means I can finally get a decent artichoke/roasted red pepper pizza (a magical combination, trust me... particularly if you can get it with smoked gouda).
The menu also mentions appetizers, pasta, panini, Italian coffees, draft beer and wines, and a few desert items (no specifics on the beers).
So, the neighborhood continues to grow, and now the scent of highbrow pizza enters the mix. I'm eager to try the place. But I'm still a-wondering about this "New Haven" thing....