Monday, March 2, 2009


[Ed. note: A shorter version of this review appears on Wonkabout.]

There are many fine upscale pizza places in D.C. Only one of them has an all-you-can-drink mimosa deal for only $9 at brunch. Sure, the "champagne" is Andre - - the Two-Buck-Chuck of sparkling wine -- reminiscent of sorority formals where that stuff flowed like water. Unlike sorority formals, however, RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria in Columbia Heights also serves exceptional pizza.

Red Rocks has a small brunch menu that they serve alongside their regular menu. The brunch menu has some ordinary items like French toast, waffles, and scrambled eggs, but also has more inventive offerings, which make good use of its wood-fired oven. Their "sunrise pizza" features a fried egg, well-seasoned breakfast potatoes, parmesan, and herbs, which is then cooked in their pizza oven. The resulting pizza has crispy cheese on the top while the dough remains soft inside. Nonetheless, it is a little dry, and could have been improved with a sauce; ask for a side of their excellent marinara. Their omelet is untraditional -- it is large circlular and unfolded, resumbling an egg pizza. The "pizza omelet," filled with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, fennel sausage, and mozerella was an excellent choice, with crispy fillings well-complimented by the creamy mozerella and eggs.

The pizzas off the regular menu are prepared with fresh ingredients. My favorite is the pesto pizza with really good homemade pesto, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and cherry tomatoes. The "Funghi" is also a good choice. It contains mushrooms, fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and cherry tomatoes.

RedRocks has a small collection of appetizers. Most of them are fairly starchy, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you're going to also order a pizza. Nonetheless, their mussels with marinara stand out as a decent choice.

Contact information after the jump. Continue Reading.

RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria
1036 Park Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 506-1402

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