Thursday, December 27, 2012

Flippin' Pizza: It's All in the Crust

Flippin' Pizza is a surefire up-and-comer in the DC area pizza franchise wars... They sport eight locations, from Bethesda to Reston and Nationals Park in-between. I paid a post-Xmas visit to their Dupont Circle branch, located on the same block as my favorite (and sadly vacated) Italian restaurant of all-time... Anna Maria's.

The space is industrial and small with exposed brick, and a flat screen TV on the wall: You have to walk down a couple of steps to enter. Upon entering, I was immediately greeted by the friendly and attentive staff behind the counter. I'm normally a one-slice guy, but it's hard to say no to their weekly special (2 slices and a soda for $6, including tax.) I decided to try one slice each of pepperoni and tomato-basil (pictured below) and a Diet Dr. Pepper.

Slices are average size: Two fills you up quite nicely. Tomato-basil is easily the better of the two options. Wafer thin, the crust is sublime. Cheese is fine, but lacks POP. Not enough basil, if you ask me. On the other hand, my slice of pepperoni left lots to be desired. For starters, the pepperoni itself was gross. Pieces were curled & tiny with a strong processed taste. What little sauce it had, was generic and greasy. Tastes OK at best, thanks solely to Flippin's delicious crust.

Friendly service, top-notch crust and Flippin's $6 special are enough to warrant another visit; although I'll be sure to stay clear of their pepperoni offerings.

Atmosphere: B (It's a tight fit, but they make the most of it.)
Service: B (Upbeat and friendly.)
Crust: A
Toppings: D- (The pepperoni is a disaster.)
Value: B
Overall: C+ (Hard to overlook the aforementioned pepperoni.)