I’m completely sold on Ella’s but once again, you have to add to the base pizzas! The base pizzas are ok, adding in your favorite missing ingredient is key. I couldn’t even take any home to judge it’s reheat-ability…
Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza has recently become a close friend; they gave me a free pizza coupon for signing up to their mailing list. I have only been to Ella’s on F/9th Street NW in DC twice, but I am now quite impressed.
It wasn’t always that way…
The first time I was going to write a lack-luster review, about a lack-luster pizza. I’m not sure you’re aware, but the mission of this … mission, is to find the BEST pizza, not the ‘mostly good’ pizza. So I never wrote the review. I went back and did something crazy though, I added toppings to the base pizza.
And that’s when the magic happened.
They have plenty of very interesting pizzas, some with cheese, some without, some with sauce, and some without… All unique, and I’m sure pretty good. Call me old fashioned, but I need cheese, and sauce, and toppings. So the first time I ordered a straight pizza; I ordered the Salsiccia Piccante which comes with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage, red onions, and peppers.
It was pretty good, but I was wishing for more. I thought the flavors were a bit too potent to be combined all together. Also, the crust fell apart a bit… I wasn’t impressed.
This most recent trip there however, really changed my tune. I ordered the Marinara pizza, which comes only with sauce, garlic, oregano, olive oil, and sea salt… NO CHEESE. But, for $1.50 each (reasonable) I could add extra cheeses to my tongue’s delight. I added fresh mozzarella and gorgonzola.
It was seriously fabulous. I finished my leftovers this morning for breakfast. It was equally excellent.
I am now a believer!
My second in command here at Pizza Parade, Laura, also had some delicious pizza. She ventured to try the gluten free crust under a Genovese pizza, and added some Fresh Mozzarella to the built in pesto, parmesan, fingerling potatoes and prosciutto.
At first the Gluten Free crust looked like a disappointment, but she reports that it actually did the job. It was a bit crunchy on the edges, and a bit soft in the middle. Overall though, it was a pretty decent gluten free crust.
For starters we had Hearts of Romaine salad and an Orange and Beet salad. The slices of Parmesan cheese on the Hearts of Romaine salad were pleasing, and the dressing was flavorful.
The winner in the salad competition was the
Beet and Orange salad, AND I DON’T EVEN REALLY LIKE BEETS.
It was good, really good. The goat cheese was such a nice balance to the beets, and the arugula had a great fresh and spicy flavor.
They also have tasty brew.
I admit I wasn’t impressed with my first trip, but I’m sold after the second. Ella’s gets a 9 slice out of 10 rating (as long as you customize your pizza.)