Review: All Purpose Pizzeria – Washington DC

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Among them is a second location in DC for All Purpose Pizzeria, directly on the waterfront with both indoor and outdoor dining. On an unseasonably warm Father’s Day, we opted for inside seating. The space is very bright, open, and well-organized; elegant but still casual. The kitchen is in full view, a dining trend that remains welcome.

All Purpose describes itself as offering “local beer and seasonal dishes inspired by the Eastern U.S. and Italian coastlines.” Reading the menu, I noticed a lot of NY and NJ references; our server told us that the owner grew up in New York and North Jersey. The beer list was short but impressive, as was the offer of a free beer for Father’s Day. I chose “Downright Pils,” a Czech style pilsener from Port City Brewing in nearby Alexandria; it was especially good.

The menu is divided into four categories. Pizza, of course, but also salads, spuntini (light appetizers), and antipasti (heavy appetizers). Although the pizzas are a large 11″ personal size, we decided to split one pizza and one appetizer for our lunch visit. From the many good choices, we selected the spring asparagus “marinati” which included blanched and sliced cold asparagus with whipped robiola cheese, toasted sesame, lemon, and salsa verde.

This appetizer was an omen of good things to come; it may be the best asparagus dish I’ve ever eaten. It was tender but crunchy and there was a swirl of wonderful flavors from the cheese, sesame, and light touch of green salsa.

Asparagus as served in salad bowl

I asked our server about its preparation, and she knew the …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote