Saturday, March 1, 2008

Sette Osteria -- Dupont Circle

Last Wednesday night, we ventured out to Dupont Circle... or as Gary likes to call it, "The Pont". Gary insists that all the cool people in NW DC call it "The Pont" (or maybe it's "Da 'pont", I'm not sure). If there is anyone in DC who actually refers to Dupont Circle as "The Pont" in normal conversation (or in any conversation for that matter), kindly raise your hand now.

Mmmmmkay, didn't think so. Anyway, we had been to Sette Osteria for pizza in our pre-blog days and thought it was excellent, so we figured it was time for another visit to see if it was still living up to its previous standards.

Gary ordered a melanzane (eggplant, roasted red peppers, onions) pizza-- he's a big eggplant fan-- and I got a pizza called La Regina. Okay, here's my quibble with Sette Osteria. They have a "margherita" pizza that has mozzerella, tomato sauce, and basil. The La Regina pizza has buffalo mozzerella, tomato sauce, and basil. Peeps, a margherita pizza is supposed to have buffalo mozzerella! I am just saying.

Inaccurate naming aside, the La Regina was excellent. The cheese was fabulous, it had just the right amount of sauce, and it was flavorful and sweet. The crust was nice and crispy-- almost a little too crispy in my opinion. I like when there's a little chewiness to the crust. It was good for reheating, though.

Gary was served some mushroom pizza. We knew it was a mushroom pizza because the waitress said, "Mushroom pizza" before putting it in front of him (well, actually in front of me first... it was all quite confusing). Gary said, "I had the melanzane" and the waitress said, "Yes, that's the melanzane." Gary, being a dude, just shrugged and dug in. (It's food, right?) As he was about to take a bite, one of the runners swooped in and took the pizza and gave him the right one. I'm not sure what happened to the 'shroom pizza, but I think it got served to the lady next to us. At least Gary didn't put a big ol' bite into it!

Gary's review of the melanzane pizza: "I thought the pizza tasted excellent. Mine had a strong red pepper flavor that I liked, even though it kind of dominated the eggplant. But eggplant doesn't really have a strong flavor anyway. The quality of the pizza was top notch."

Gary goes on: "I liked the crust a lot. It was crispy, and not overdone. I also liked that the menu had a 'history of pizza' section. Who doesn't need a little reminder of the history of pizza? I know I do."

Gary's rating: 4 stars
Liza's rating: 3.5 stars