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Spike Mendelsohn’s We, The Pizza to Open on July 19


Spike Mendelsohn held a party last night at his forthcoming We, The Pizza on Capitol Hill. Y&H didn't get an invite, but we understand. Some wounds take time to heal.

Regardless, Mendelsohn is planning to open his New York-style pizza joint on Monday, July 19, a week later than previously announced to the press. Through his publicist, the former Top Chef-er sent Y&H the following statement on the short delay:

"Opening dates are a moving target but we are excited to bring our pizza to the masses! There's always plenty to do like finalizing music playlist and all. We had a lil friends + family gathering there last night. It got a bit rowdy!"

Back when Mendelsohn and I were still on speaking terms, the chef told me about the pizza project and how he didn't want to launch yet-another Neapolitan joint. To prep for We, The Pizza, he visited some NYC pizzerias to refresh his palate on the kind of pies he wanted to create in D.C.

What's interesting about his opening menu at We, The Pizza is its diversity. It includes not only some traditional and chef-driven pies (a round with bechamel, sauteed spinach, and roasted artichokes, for instance) but also "cast iron pies," several versions of chicken wings, Italian subs, a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, gelati, and Italian sodas.

Mendelsohn, in other words, is doing for rustic Italian-American food what he did for the All-American burger at Good Stuff Eatery: adapting it for the modern American (read: pampered) palate.

By the way, Y&H's buds at Capital Spice have pictures of We, The Pizza, if you want to catch a glimpse of the place.

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  • El Perro Sato

    Whatever Tim,

    You and the City Paper has had it in for Spike Mendelsohn for some time now. Did Spike take out your mother for a spin and never call her back?

    Didn't you guys post some article claiming that the Good Stuff Eatery (Mendelsohn's other restaurant) was leaving their food deliveries outside of their restaurant for hours on end (a claim which was never proven, BTW)?

    I found it ironic that you found it okay to post about Mendelsohn's issues with a landlord as a news article. I fail to see how Mendelsohn's personal financial issues with a landlord have anything to do with food.

    So you think its somehow surprising your monkey azz wasn't invited to the We, the Pizza party? Ninja please.

    Unlike you, I got invited to the party this week. In case you were wondering, it was an awesome party. These guys Colletti and Mendelsohn have finally brought good pizza to DC. I don't care what claims you so called experts make. DC has not had a good pizza place...EVER. That is, until now.

    Not only is the restaurant very pleasing to the eye, the great food is complemented with top of the line tap beers, freshly made Italian sodas and a very personable staff. The place is top notch, but it's not really for haters, which might explain why you weren't invited.

  • J

    Oh El Perro (aka spike and friends) - the publicity you have received from Tim is priceless. Remember any publicity is good publicity. Hope you had a wonderful time at the party, you must have felt so special.

  • El Perro Gordo

    Enrique, you're going a bit overboard there...don'tcha think?

    First, the mom crack. Witty. No, it is.

    Second, I'm not sure what's "ironic" about Tim's writing. Did you mean "inappropriate" or "surprising?" Either way, Spike seems pretty comfortable with most aspects of celebrity...part of that is surrendering a large chunk of your anonymity and your personal life.

    Third...NO good pizza places in DC? At all? Really?

    I agree that We, The Pizza looks great and I'm expecting more good stuff from Spike and company, but your comment was more than a little ridiculous.

  • CTR

    Pero Sato:

    Um, no, he doesn't think it's surprising: the whole beginning of the post is a joke about not being surprised.

    Um, yes, a celebrity chef getting evicted is news, and this is a food NEWS blog, not just a what-does-it-taste-like blog.

    Um, D.C. has had good pizza for a long time, and your denial of this just makes it even clearer whose pocket you're in.

    So glad you made it to the FABULOUS party. Hopefully you were wearing a set of sturdy kneepads so you were able more comfortably administer the treatment Spike the Overgrown 5th Grader believes he deserves.

  • Woodley Parker

    No good pizza in D.C.? Vace Pizza in Cleveland Park. 'Nuff said.

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  • neil

    I also logged in just so I could note the fine pizza they serve over at Vace.

  • steve

    Vace is not very good. You both need to get out more!