Monday, June 8, 2009

Pizza Autentica Opens

Pizza Autentica officially opened for business on Sunday morning. As I mentioned on Friday, the pizzeria will be open seven days a week until 10PM. Earlier this evening, I stopped by for some pizza and took some photos. According to one of the employees, business was a little slow on Sunday, but things were much busier today. Pizza Autentica is located on the northeast corner of 7th & D Street at the ground floor of The Reporters Building. Below are a couple exterior and interior shots of the restaurant.


Here is an exterior shot of the pizzeria. There is outdoor seating available for patrons. I drove by the restaurant on three occasions today and each time I saw people using the outdoor seating.

There is no seating inside of the restaurant, but the interior was nicely done with a modern design. The pizza was pretty good too.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....that might be dinner tonight...

I was going to ask if it has takeout/carryout, but judging by the pictures it looks like counter service (which answers my question)?

Anonymous said...

Not necessarily- most places like this in NY deliver. Does anyone have a phone # or website for them?

SWill said...

Their brochure doesn't mention that they deliver. Here's their phone number: 202-479-4090

Anonymous said...

But the real question - how was the pizza?

Anonymous said...

I am heading there today for lunch - tried to go yesterday for lunch but there was a LONG line. I will submit my review after lunch.

....and will ask about delivery/carry-out.

Anonymous said...

Back from lunch. At 11:40 am, the place already had a line - not a bad one but it did go out one door. Need to consider that they are the new kid on the block so there will be high traffic.

Pizza is good. The pies are Neapolitan style sold by the jumbo slice ($2.49 - $3.60) or whole (17", $13,99 - $16.99). The also offer 2 types of stuffed pizza, calzones, stromboli, garlic bread, side and lunch salads, grilled panini sandwiches, fountain sodas, bottled water, bottled drinks AND Breakfast items. They take MC, Visa, AmEx, Discover and Cash. I did not ask if they deliver or take carry out orders but I did see a customer with a cart and 6 large pies on it so I will assume that they do take carry out. The address is 300 7th Street, NW. Oh! A co-worker order the stromboli and he said it was good. I liked my cheese pizza. Worth a visit to rate yourself. Hope this helps.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

oh thank GOD. I am so sick of potbelly's and quiznos.

Anonymous said...

Ordered a pie tonight. I called the number SWill posted, but no one answered. I drove over and a few thoughts: it's clean, and bright, and the staff seemed pleasant enough. The pizza crust (neapolitan) was a bit too thick for my taste, but had the right amount of chewiness. The sauce was a bit dull for my taste. It's nice to have this option for SWDC, but I think the food is slightly overpriced ($17 incl tax for the pie). At least they sell by the slice.

Anonymous said...

Had a pepperoni/mushroom slice tonight and it was generous and tasty! Really friendly staff. But sadly, no delivery.

Marc Elliott Levy said...

11pm is the new closing time, 7 days a week. After my second visit there (I've been there thrice), I had told them I barely caught them, as it was 9:56pm when I opened the door to rush in. They said I didn't need to rush because they had changed to being open till 11pm. Sure enough, Last night around 10:45pm, I got some pizza! New pie took only 5 minutes! Yummm :)

Finally, they don't do delivery. I've asked about it twice. So far, they are so busy at lunch time that they just feel there's no need for it. I am pretty sure they could make a killing delivering pizza here, but they won't do it so far, even though I suggested evenings and weekends only. Sigh. Feel free to ask yourselves again, too, though. Maybe it will result in them starting to offer it! That would be nice.

Also, let's all make sure to try and partonize it during the off-peak hours (like Sundays at 10:30pm) so that they have incentive to keep their opening hours as awesome as they currently are!


Marc

P.S. Anyone have any idea where people are supposed to sit in the winter time? It's a tiny joint!

SWill said...

Marc,

Thanks for the update on the new hours of operation! I walked by there on Saturday night around 10:30pm on my way to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro and wondered why the Open sign was still lit up...

Extended business hours must mean they are doing better than expected. I always see people sitting outside at all times of the day/evening when I pass by, but I guess once the weather gets colder, people will just take their pizza back to their home/office/hotel.

Anonymous said...

I was a little annoyed when I went in to get a slice of the vegetable kind. They hadn't prepared a vegetable pizza at the time so I had to wait about 15 minutes to get my slice, and when it finally came out they actually forgot that I was waiting for the slice even though I was clearly standing right in front of the counter and I had to remind them. They even didn't give me a discount for my troubles. On top of everything else, the crust was burnt and there hardly were any veggie toppings at all, aside from 1 tomato wedge and 2 strands of onion slices! For shame Pizza Autentica, POOR customer service and selling half-assed pizza!
-Rick

Anonymous said...

Pizza is not good. Crust has potential, but is a bit doughy. It is oversauced and the sauce is not that great. The cheese used is a substandard institutional grade. The mushrooms were straight from a can in all their rubbery badness. I mean come on even a chain like Papa Johns knows to use fresh mushrooms. If you think this is NY Pizza you haven't been to NY. Never again. Oh and they charge 55 cents for soda refills.