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Restaurant Review ~ 7th Hill Pizza Palisades / 4885 MacArthur Blvd., NW

Pizzas galore! Unless you are an active go-around foodie in DC, you probably don’t know that this iconic establishment, originally on Capitol Hill, is now also in the Palisades neighborhood, is a bustling, super-busy place, at least at mealtimes.

Tucked in among several other restaurants along the eatery stretch, the destination may not be immediately recognizable; but just look for the dark front windows, the dark wood sign board reading Seventh Hill Pizza, and the menu boards out front.

photo--Alexandria Greeley

photo–Alexandria Greeley

There’s outdoor seating during clement weather, a good place to watch the passing scene along MacArthur Blvd. Otherwise, you get to sit inside where cooking aromas will mesmerize you.

This location opened about five years ago — a relative of its Capitol Hill sibling — and is obviously a smashing success. A recent lunch drop-by did have some single seating at a booth, but that was past the regular lunchtime. Otherwise, it’s probably jam-packed.

And pizza lovers will agree: wood-fired pizzas here are awesome. If anyone studies all the pizza pictures on the establishishmrnt’s Facebook page, they will yearn for one of each pizza. The menu offers 17 different types, all named after local DC areas, such as Lincoln Park, Southwest Waterfront, and Eastern Market.

Picking your pizza choice may be a bit of a challenge, but why not stick to the version named after MacArthur Blvd. After all, it’s the restaurant’s home, and it does have a distinctive topping of beech mushrooms (tiny white ones), fennel sausage, and three cheeses: brie, Parmesan, and mozzarella. As do all the other pizzas, this comes as either an 8-inch or a 10-inch pie. The smaller option easily feeds two people. You can also select additional toppings of your choice, from goat cheese and gorgonzola to anchovies and tapenade, plus many, many more.

Appetizer choices include salads, devilled eggs, prosciutto and potato croquettes, burrata (fresh Italian cheese), and crispy Brussels sprouts. For anyone up for a slightly offbeat starter, consider the Arancini fried goat cheese risotto balls. The word “arancini” means fried balls with a savory stuffing, and

photo--Alexandria Greeley

photo–Alexandria Greeley

covered with crisped bread crumbs. These assembled here are so filling that maybe an add-on salad would be ample. But the cooked rice stirred with goat cheese are delish, and well worth ordering…. Besides a pizza of your choice.

Not up for a pizza? The kitchen offers assorted sandwiches, and according to a board out front, the hot pastrami is a killer. Packed with provolone and arugula with a seasoning of grainy mustard, it’s not surprising that this is a go-to sandwich here.

But save room for dessert. The sweets are limited to Nutella calzone, gelato, tiramisu, and vanilla gelato topped with hot espresso. And while you ponder that, don’t dismiss the extensive beverages list plus a look at the bar stacked with bottles. You can simply eat, drink, and relax.

7th Hill Pizza / lunch and dinner daily. (202) 506-2821.

 

Alexandra Greeley is a food writer, editor, and restaurant reviewer. She has authored books on Asian and Mexican cuisines published by Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, and Macmillan. Other credits include restaurant reviews and food articles for national and regional publications, as well as former editor of the Vegetarian Times and former food editor/writer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Click here to visit her website.