Sometimes, summer in DC can be truly awful.
Hundred-degree heat. Sweltering humidity. Irritable lobbyists sweating in suits pushing past you on the sidewalk. Crime. Grumpiness. People biding time until they can get the heck out of here and go to the beach. Summer in the city can be no fun at all, sometimes.
Sometimes summer in the city can be truly glorious.
Maybe it's only 85 degrees, with just a whisper of dampness in the air. Maybe the sun is shining and moods are bright. Maybe the K Street suits have shed their blazers and are pouring out of their office buildings to spend their lunch hour in the park. Maybe Strasburg is pitching at home that night, and the buzz is already in the air.
Last Friday was a day like that.
Molly and I were downtown for a baby class-- I was learning about how and when to introduce solid foods. Molly was quite excited about this, because she thought that maybe she would be getting some pizza soon-- alas, little girl, you'll still have to wait a while. But on that beautiful summer day, after the class I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather, put Molly in the baby sling, and take a walk down to Farragut Square. Why, you ask? Well, it was "Farragut Friday" for the DC Slices pizza truck.
Food trucks are a phenomenon, folks, so it was only a matter of time until someone decided to add a pizza truck to the mix. As your resident DC pizza blogger, of course I had to try it out. I'm still on maternity leave, so I was able to head out on a weekday to find the truck. Unfortunately, Gary's still a working stiff, so he wasn't able to make it out for this one.
The pizza truck was parked near 17th and K Street NW, right on Farragut Square. We got there around 2 PM, so there was no line to speak of. For $5.00 you can get a generous-sized slice and a can of soda. Not bad.
Molly and I opted for a cheese slice (ask for fresh basil on top!) and a grape soda. As our friendly pizza man noted, "It's just like being a kid again." Indeed.
Also-- kudos to DC Slices for providing a recycle bin for your cans when you're done.
We found a shady spot under a tree to enjoy our slice and pop. The best part about the slice was the sauce-- a hint of sweetness, but still kept its tangy tomato flavor. Gary would have liked the "droopless" crust. The crust was good, but could have used a bit more done-ness. It wasn't quite as crispy as I like, but of course, when you're cooking in the back of a truck that might be too much to ask.
So for all you lucky folks who have food trucks swarm outside your workplaces on a wonderful summer day-- go look for DC Slices. It doesn't disappoint.
Liza's rating: 3.0 stars
Molly's rating: My mom doesn't let me eat pizza, but the pizza guy said I was adorable so I give him 4 stars.