As Jodi loves pizza, I looked up for a place close to the National Portait Gallery in DC and stumbled upon Pi Pizzeria, à joint known for its St Louis style cornmeal crust that is said to be President Obama’s favorite pizza. Apparently, while in St Louis, campaigning for the election, President Obama asked one of his staffers to bring him pizza. That is how Pi Pizza ended up on his lap or should I say in his stomach. Once elected, he invited the owners to cook pizza for him. Well I might be less known than President Obama, I still love pizza and was ready to try it. Before I talk about the food, I should mention a fact about the name of the place: it was born in St Louis whose area code is 314; so no wonder why they chose the association with the mathematical symbol for 3.141592653589793238462643383...
The place is big, with two floors and a bar area where you can also enjoy a slice. No, not a slice as they do not serve by the slice, but a full pie, deep dish or thin crust, even vegan or gluten free. We decided to try the deep dish pizza that is made with the cheese first, covered with a thick layer of tomato sauce. We added fontina, goat cheese and Gorgonzola and, on one half, some prosciutto. I am glad we had the small pie that is definitely enough for two. The first bite was divine: it was the first time I had a cornmeal crust and it was fantastic, crunchy and crumbly. And they were not cheap in toppings, especially the cheese that made it really decadent. I should also mention the tomato sauce that was out of this world, very fresh.
We washed down the pizza with some soda: root beer for me as this is my favorite beverage with pizza and cherry soda for Jodi.
That was a great meal: we would not have had other places to try in Washington DC, we would have gone back. Pi Pizzeria is one of the best pizza I ever had and no need to be a President to claim it out loud!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Pi Pizzeria - 910 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004