Jumbo Slice no more, courtesy of iwantamonkey (Flickr)

Am I late to this or did this just happen?  As I was walking home from the metro two people were giving out free slices of pizza from Angelico Pizza (formerly the drunken partier’s haven Jumbo Slice). It’s open pretty much the same hours as Jumbo Slice, ’till 5 am on weekends. I wonder if they’ll still have the disco ball and crazy music.

The pizza slice wasn’t that great, honestly, too doughy of a crust for me. I like them thin and crisp. But interesting to see this place turn over to another local chain. Are their slices as big as Jumbo Slice? I’ve never been to another location.

 

Homemade Pizza Co.

I’m sure you’ve seen that Homemade Pizza Co. is now open – they’re also advertising $3 “Happyroni’s” – a small pepperoni pizza and $3 small salads Monday through Wednesday. Anyone been yet? What do you think?

Homemade Pizza Co.

I saw this on Twitter this weekend, but it was way too cold for me to venture and take a picture. So thanks so much to reader Ron for sending me one! Homemade Pizza Co. on 14th and Church, is scheduled to open Jan. 21st, which is very fast as they just announced they were coming in December. They now have their sign up.

Homemade Pizza Co. is a small chain that has other locations in Illinois and Minnesota, and locally in Virginia and upper NW in DC. Has anyone checked out the other locations?  Is the pizza decent?

Flamenco at Coppi's

Flamenco at Coppi's

Now this sounds like fun! A few weeks ago I noticed Coppi’s had applied for an entertainment license, and then walking by the other night I saw that they’re now having flamenco dancing and Flamenca Rumba, gypsy music, on Sunday nights. Sounds like a good time, has anyone checked it out?

PS is it just me, I thought flamenco was more of a Spanish thing vs. an Italian?

Coppi's petition for an Entertainment Endorsement

Coppi's petition for an Entertainment Endorsement

Walking by Coppi’s the other day I saw that they’re applying for an “Entertainment Endorsement” license, which will mean the ability to have live music, DJs, and karaoke and operate until 2 am. Coppi’s is a small place so I’m not quite sure how having a DJ, per se, would work out.

I’m glad to see them extending their hours, the latest they’re open is 12 am on the weekends and 11 pm during the week. I’m guessing the extended hours would presumably mean they’d still be serving food that late too.  But, um, karaoke at Coppi’s? Could be awesome, could be a bit strange. I’m hoping they veer towards the live music side of the entertainment endorsement license rather than the karaoke/DJ side.

Almost open

Almost open

Even though they had an open date of May 15th and it’s a week later, Italian Pizza Kitchen isn’t open. They do look close to opening though, based on what the inside looks like. The time they’ll be open will be Monday through Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-6 and closed on Sunday. Seems like kind of weird hours, no? I usually haven’t even started thinking about dinner before 7 pm, so this place is already kind of out for me. Maybe I’ll check it out on a Saturday afternoon.

I think this deserves a NOM

I think this deserves a NOM

I’m in budget mode, I’m moving in a week, and between security deposits, paying movers, move in and out fees, transfer fees for utilities, and a bunch of fun, unexpected expenses, I’m feeling the crunch. I’ve been trying to think of decent, creative meals that I can make cheaply. Pizza is one of those things that came to me: you can buy frozen pizza dough for a few bucks, and then you can spend as much, or little, on toppings as you want.

After a trip to the farmers market (which I couldn’t say no to, even though I’m trying to save money) I came home with great looking asparagus and my favorite spring treat: spring onions (0r green garlic). So I use those as inspiration and come up with this U Street Girl original: roasted asparagus and spring onion pizza.

Budget: $10, serves 4 (2 slices each) – $2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

A regular feature in which I cook cheap, gourmet dishes.

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Coming soon: Italian pizza kitchen

Coming soon: Italian pizza kitchen

Coming to U street, between 12th and 11th, is Italian Pizza Kitchen. Couldn’t find much more details other than what was on the large poster in the property. Perhaps it’s a chain and related to this pizza place in Van Ness? Should be interesting.

UPDATE: The ever present Monkeyrotica noted on PoP’s blog, that this is likely related to a Lousiana chain. Their website is here and menu is here. Seems like decently priced, though kind of standard, Italian-American fare.

Posto on 14th street

Posto on 14th street

I finally dined at Posto last night. After writing about it and hearing about it, I was happy to finally experience it for myself. And, well it met and beat my expectations.

The food: so good. I had the house cured olives (good, but it’s hard to make olives taste bad in my book) and the polenta with sausage to start. The polenta was very good, comforting, warm, a little spicy, perfect for a cold rainy night.

Main dishes were the scallops with a lentil ragout and the cinghiale (aka wild boar). The scallops were good, I didn’t instantly think lentils would work with scallops, but they did. It was another warming, comforting dish for winter. The cinghiale, the first I had ever had, was chewy (as to be expected after seeing a recent Iron Chef featuring the ingredient) but so flavorful, so good.

For dessert (because I was feeling decadent, hadn’t had a ton to eat all day, and had just scored my first job interview since losing my job) cranberry and mixed berry cobbler and poached pear with chocolate panna cotta. A nice finish to a great dinner, and I appreciate that the desserts offered weren’t the expected ones you often find at restaurants (usual suspects: flourless chocolate cake, apple pie, creme brulee, ice cream of some sort).

The service: attentive, friendly, nice, in two words: very good. The waiter was very enthusiastic, the hostess and manager were chatty and friendly as well.

The dining room was noisy. I even noticed that they’d put foam at the bottom of the tables to absorb some of the noise, but it wasn’t doing much good. It wasn’t terribly loud though, conversation wasn’t impossible. Though, it’s not a place you’d take a date for a quiet, romantic dinner.

In short, Posto surpassed my expectations for what I hoped it would be: a nice, tasty neighborhood option. I will definitely be returning on a regular basis. Plus: I learned it offers takeout, which will be an awesome alternative to some other options in the neighborhood.

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