Thursday, June 7, 2012

Italian Store

The Italian Store caters both pizza and non-pizza needs with fresh whole New York style pies or pizza by the slice as well as sandwiches, a deli case of pasta salads and olives, and a small market area. The market sells fresh mozzarella, select wines, premium olive oils, Italian delicacies, refrigerated pastas and sauce and other treats such as chocolate cookies and cannolis. The authentic hoagie-style sandwiches and slices of pizza make it a prime and popular takeout destination, so be prepared for long lines during lunch hours, especially on the weekends.


With several types of pizza sold by the slice, piping hot pies available for pick-up and bags of floury dough in the back for those who want to try their hands at the sumptuous pizzas at home, this popular destination fulfills most pizza-related needs with some of the finest specialty Italian goods in the area. Take a paper ticket and wait in the market area for your number to be called.  Being from New York, this is the only pizza Keith prefers in the DC area.  The simple cheese pizza has the perfect ratio of cheese and tangy tomato sauce to forgiving dough, while the white pizza is redolent of garlic.  Ask them to heat it up if you are eating on site, otherwise throw it in the oven for extra crispiness when you get home.  The sub sandwiches come with your choice of soft or hard roll, and while I usually order the soft, I recently had the hard and it was far superior.  The large size sandwich is pretty big, enough for two to share or to save for a snack later on.  I have been patroning the Italian Store for several years now and can't believe I never wrote a post about it.  I think deep down I was trying to keep it a secret - but let's face it, after many years of being voted as Washingtonian's "Best Pizza", the cat has been far out of the bag.  Nevertheless, we often make the short trek out to Arlington to indulge in these Italian treats, usually picking up our sandwich and pizza orders to go.  Call ahead to minimize wait times.

Total Rating: 4.3
Food: 5, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 3
What Micky Eats...

What I ate:
Cheese Pizza

The Capri
prosciutto blended with genoa salami, 
mozzarella cheese (substituted for provolone) and spiced capacola ham
with lettuce, tomato on a hard roll

Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella
with basil on a soft roll


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