Ella's Wood Fired Pizza, named for the owner's daughter, is a popular Penn Quarter favorite influenced by the Neopolitan tradition, and a love of good food. Their philosophy is straightforward: to use the freshest, best quality ingredients, prepare the food simply and properly, and to serve it with joy. Closest Metro is Gallery Place.
|Image via Ella's website|
|Image via Ella's website|
New seasonal appetizers include Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with grilled shrimp and pancetta ($8); Tuscan-Style Beans with spinach, garlic, tomatoes and grilled Italian sausage ($8); Ella's House-Made Meatballs with creamy polenta ($7); and warming White Bean Soup with Applewood smoked bacon and parmesan ($7). Hearty salads reflecting fall flavors include Baby Kale with Apples, dried cranberries, parmesan, sesame dressing ($7); Orange and Beet Salad, arugula, crumbled got cheese, orange-balsamic vinaigrette ($7); Oven Roasted Portobello, arugula, smoked mozzarella, poached pear, spiced walnuts, balsamic dressing ($13); and Steak Salad with romaine, tomatoes, grilled onions, potatoes, parmesan dressing ($15). We enjoyed the Eggplant Parmesan made with fried eggplant topped with parmesan, mozzarella, and pesto tomato sauce. The pesto provided a nice twist to this classic dish.
We also tried the Suppli a Telefono - mozzarella filled risotto balls served with a romesco sauce. The balls were perfectly crispy, yet I found them to be a bit bland.
We also shared the Pucillo with tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, and prosciutto topped with fresh arugula. The smokey flavor of the cheese really came through and complimented the salty meat. All in all both pizzas were very tasty and a nice 10" size.
For a perfect pairing, Ella's features specialty cocktails and house-made sangria by the glass or carafe, in addition to a nice variety of wines and beers from around the world. Keith enjoyed a beer flight ($9) made up of Port City Porter Victory, Victory Prima Pils, and DC Brau Public Pale Ale. The new seasonal cocktails include Ella's Pumpkin Martini, pumpkin infused vanilla vodka, cinnamon and nutmeg ($9); and the Fall Back Margarita, 1800 Tequila and apple cider ($9). Locally produced craft beers featured include Port City Porter American Porter, and Devil’s Backbone Pumpkin Hunter, selling for $7 on draft. Finally, Ella's Own Limoncello, priced at $6, provides a perfect finish to a meal. It is one of the featured favorites on the after dinner drink list which also features grappa and vin santo. Guests may select three of these items to enjoy in an Ella's Taste of Italy Flight for $15.
Total Rating: 3.75
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5