After the DC Green Festival, a group of us were hungry so we headed on over to Ella's Wood Fired Pizza. I'd heard from quite a few people that it was good. The menu was wonderful with a broad variety of options for small plate starters, salads, and pizzas.
Of all the options, I chose the Verdura, a pizza with roasted artichokes, sun-dried tomato puree, olives, parmesan, and basil.
Let's say this. The crust was wonderful. Nicely crisp in a way only a wood fired oven can create. Delicious. The rest of the pizza lacked flavor strength. I wanted the artichokes to have bit more push to them and the sun-dried-tomato puree lacked the depth I would expect. I did not find the parmesan added the amount of salt I would have liked either. That said, this was not bad food. It was warm and the portion was just right, if a little generous. I shared T's carmelized onion and gorgonzola pizza which was tasty, but again, it seemed like the flavors could have had a bit more intensity. Again, a perfectly delicious crust.
A special note of pleasure: T tackled the Mangotini. Now at $8, I expect these are going to be thoughtful and delicious. It did not disappoint. I could have had a few!
For dessert, the table shared a wonderful serving of lemon bars. Yum. I make these and mine are good, but these were far superior. Our dining companions definitely enjoyed their meals, a Nicoise salad and two of the other pizzas (one with potato and pesto)
A note about the service. Our server was great. She was engaged and quick and thoughtful given our questions, etc. Really, just the way service should be.
Because I love the crust and the laid back vibe, I'll be going back to try some of the other options. Have you been? What did you like?