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Pizza

REVIEW: Ella's Wood Fired Pizza

Rando nearby DC place to the rescue?, Nov 2, 2017

Location: 610 9th St NW, Washington, DC - https://ellaspizza.com/

So, last night I went to Capitol City Brewing Company right across the street from my hotel, but tonight I had to hoof it a little ways to get some pizza. It was around 4 blocks or so, not too far to walk and I wasn't about to take out my rental car from the garage if I could help it. I found this place through Google Maps, just searching nearby places with good reviews. When I got there, it was pretty full, but there was a place at the bar that I could sit at right away and so I did. The atmosphere as nice and the bartender was friendly enough, though was probably not thril...(more)

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Pizza

REVIEW: Cheesecake Factory

The cheesecake is good, but how about the pizza?, Dec 15, 2017

Location: 1796 International Dr, McLean, VA - https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com//

The last night in DC the wife and I went to the Cheesecake Factory that was really close to our hotel in a nearby mall are that was really nice. This place has a huge menu and I don't always get pizza there, but like most places that offer pizza and other things - I usually get the pizza. The restaurant, as always, is fairly fancy and nice. It seems like the place should be more like an Applebee's, but it goes the fancier route and that works out for it, I guess. The service was good and timely and before long I was presented with the followi...(more)

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REVIEW: Matchbox

DC area restaurant chain that has pizza, Sep 18, 2019

Location: 1100 S Hayes st, Pentagon City, VA - www.matchboxrestaurants.com/

We took a three-day trip to Washington, DC, and our firth thing to do was a Pentagon tour. However, we had to get some lunch first and due to timing, it had to someplace close by. Luckily, at the mall just south of the Pentagon there was this place called Matchbox that was highly rated. When we walked in, it was fancier than I expected and it was also really busy, so we thought we might have to audible and go to a nearby burger joint. We were able to score some counter seating right away, though, so it worked out. A waiter took our order pretty quickly...(more)

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REVIEW: Zio's Italian Kitchen

Does authentic Italian equate to good pizza?, Dec 12, 2019

Location: 18030 San Pedro Ave ste 104, San Antonio, TX - zios.com/

I had a random Thursday off so I took advantage of that to go pick up lunch for me and the wife and deliver it to her at work and eat with her in her office. I looked around for places we hadn't eaten at already near her work and found a one-off Italian joint just a couple miles from her work. I had thought Zio's was some major chain, but looking at the website it appears there are only 7 or 8 locations in 3 states. This is the only one in Texas. I got there before the take out was ready so I hung out in the restaurant for a bit - it was nice, I'd certainly dine in there sometim...(more)

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Pizzamancer

Ever since a fateful day in the mid to late 80s when my dad said, "Whatever you want" and I got my first pepperoni pizza, pizza has been my favorite food. And that is exactly how I think pizza is best - pepperoni and cheese. Sure, some other toppings are fine from time to time, but for my money, I'll take extra pepperoni.