Before you’re handed a menu and led to your table, you’ll be greeted by a fiery host at this hidden treasure in Brookland: a gigantic, 900-degree wood-burning oven. Ettore Rusciano, an Italian pizzaiolo who owns the restaurant with his wife, Mariya, mans the behemoth, churning out Neapolitan-style pies with blistery crusts. Opt for the Chef’s Special, a harmonious blend of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto di parma, grana padano and olive oil.
2711 12th St NE
|Cross street:||between Evarts St and Franklin St NE|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed 5–10pm, Thu 11am–10pm, Fri, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm|
Average User Rating
4 / 5
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Menomale is a truly authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Brookland. I actually worked here when it first opened, and I lived above it. The chef, Ettore, is a certified pizzaiolo from Naples, and he owns the place with his wife. This place offers excellent, traditional pizza made with 00 flour. Ettore gets up early each morning to make dough, which is nothing but yeast, flour and salt. The pizzas take 90 seconds to cook in the imported fire oven, which is covered in tiles placed by the owners themselves. In fact, the whole restaurant was built by the owners’ hands. It’s definitely grown a lot since it first opened, and prices have increased, but it remains just as authentic.