Welcome to the first installment of a semi-regular column on this blog, “Pizza Break,” where I feature delicious pies from around D.C. and elsewhere.
Bacio Pizzeria in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood will always hold a place near and dear to my heart. I went there for the first time two years ago after a coworker recommended it, and I’ve hosted my birthday dinner there every year since.
I also like to share the magic with D.C. visitors, so I took my sister there two years ago when she visited during Christmas. She was also blown away. Now, I text her pics (somewhat cruelly) whenever I go.
I don’t really know what makes Bacio so delicious. It could be the crust: it’s soft and light, but also dense and chewy. The edges are perfectly browned and crunchy with a little cornmeal.
It could also be the cheese-to-toppings ratio. I’m a big fan of symmetry when it comes to pizza, and Bacio’s pies do not disappoint. Last night, I got one with red sauce, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella. Almost every bite had a good mix of those ingredients. That’s no easy feat, so I tip my hat to Bacio’s pizza artists.
I come back to Bacio every couple of months, and I’d go more often if it wasn’t so far away from where I live now. With the summer months ahead, though, I see more bicycle trips there in my future.
Bacio had a French-themed playlist going last night and this song was playing as I ate my pizza.