Had enough of Domino’s and Pizza Hut takeout pizza? All Purpose Pizzeria serves up tasty and healthy gourmet pies and more.All Purpose Pizzeria in downtown Washington D.C. serves up some of the best pies anywhere. This Italian style restaurant opened in 2016 and has earned its five star rating by local food critics, magazines and newspapers. In addition to pizza, the restaurant also serves delightfully scrumptious appetizers, desserts and other main course dishes made by expert gourmet chefs old school Italian Style. All Purpose pizzas are unlike Papa John’s or Domino’s. Chef Mike Friedman has created, after ten months of research prior to the establishment’s grand opening, pizza crusts that are crisp and chewy as well as a little sweet. The crusts are made from malt powder which caramelizes in the ovens. The Sorrento 2.0 is unlike any pizza I have ever had, with Italian ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, parmesan fonduta, fontina and apple mostarda that give the mouth an entirely different flavor impression. At All Purpose, you won’t get a pizza smothered with cheese and lots of sauce; the gourmet style is a lot like Pesto Pizzas that other Pizza places and restaurants serve.
The pizzas cater well to vegetarians and dieters, and the pizza menu item selections include more vegetable and semi vegetable concoctions than meat. In other words, All Purpose isn’t the place to fill up on a meat lover’s pizza but rather a place to enjoy and savor every bite of light and carefully crafted pizzas and flavor. All Purpose is the place to go if you want eggplant and spices on your pizza rather than stuffed crusts and four layer cheese deep dish pies. The Shaw neighborhood restaurant is inspired by older, more traditional Italian-America style restaurants. Guests can enjoy dishes such as hot and cold Antipasti. While the Pizza menu options are fewer than the average pizza restaurant, All Purpose has taken the approach of quality over quantity. All Purpose still lets diners pick and choose various toppings from a selection of true Italian style pizza ingredients. Visitors should try the Ferraro, which has artichokes, pistachio pesto, ramps and smoked cheese, or the Buona which has pepperoni, chili honey and mozzarella. The ambiance of the 90-seat restaurant is dimly lit during evening hours as well as low key and intimate, a great place to go on a date as well as to enjoy a meal with family and friends. The appetizers are also unique and delicious, as well as light in comparison to most restaurants. Of the appetizers, the fried calamari is a good choice; the marinated olives are also a delicious complement to an Italian style pizza or meal. If you would rather start with a salad you should try the antipasti salad. If you and your party are up for dessert , All Purpose serves four Buttercream Bakeshop specialties moderately priced between seven and eight dollars. S’more’s Soft Serve Ice Cream is my personal favorite - the graham crumble, marshmallow and chocolate sauce toppings are irresistible. Meanwhile Buttercream Bakeshop also serves a Nutella Pie with fresh ricotta, candied hazelnut and chocolate sauce. The Rainbow cookie cake is also tempting, as is the Lemon Bar if you wants something a little fruiter. Lastly, All Purpose has a well-stocked bar and lots of different Italian and American wines to choose from. The bar seats 15 people and has a nice selection of Drafts and Ales. While All Purpose may to some seem like a fancy and expensive restaurant, the prices of food items are on par with “ordinary” restaurants while the ambiance and food quality are better than ordinary. The portion sizes are not enormous, but the dishes are healthier than most restaurants while also being light and satisfying to the taste buds. All Purpose is located on 1250 9th St. NW Washington D.C. 20001 The hours are: Monday to Thursday: Lunch: 11:30. a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *Closed for lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays Friday: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.