I had a chance to check out two new restaurants in DC recently. Both are offshoots of Philly restaurants so I was curious to give them a try.
First up was Pizzeria Vetri on 14th Street in the U Street area. FE, Art Vandelay, and I headed over for lunch. The menu is small and concise. Art and I split the large margherita pizza, which is served on a long, elevated tray. FE had a personal pizza, half sausage and half pepperoni. The pizza was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. The sauce was tangy, the crust was crunchy yet soft, and the pizza itself was cooked perfectly.
Next up was brunch at Le Diplomate. This is the brainchild of Stephen Starr, and I guess it’s a sister restaurant to Parc in Philly. I’ve been trying to have brunch here for some time, but it’s impossible to get a reservation. They do reserve a number of tables for walk-ins, so we lined up at 9:30 am when the place opened. We were seated right away and every seat was filled.
The food and service were excellent. FE and I had the spinach and gruyere omelet. I’m not a big fan of omelets, but this one was superb. It was served with potatoes and various French breads. Art had the zucchini frittata which he enjoyed. He also raved about the fresh OJ.
I’m hoping to try All-Purpose Pizzeria on our next visit, and I’ll definitely be heading over to Pizzeria Vetri in Philly soon. Happy eating!
p.s. I am on day 22 of my no dessert/sweets challenge so I didn’t have dessert on this trip. We’ll see how much longer I can go. There’s a Stock’s pound cake at work calling my name so it can’t be too much longer.