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New All-Purpose Delivers Jersey-Style Pizzas to Navy Yard

The second location of the homegrown pizzeria is now serving beers and pies by Nationals Park

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The main dining room at the new All-Purpose.
Alysa Turner/All-Purpose
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Navy Yard’s anticipated All-Purpose debuts on Tuesday, April 3 with a lineup of clam-topped pizzas, fried cauliflower, and pasta salad that’s purposely reminiscent of an old school Italian joint plucked from Brooklyn, New York.

The second location (79 Potomac Avenue SE) of the Shaw pizzeria, likely to get a visit soon from Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema (an admitted fan), successfully met its deadline to be open in time for the Washington Nationals’ home opener on Thursday, April 5.

To capitalize on baseball’s opening day festivities the new restaurant plans to open at 11 a.m. Going forward, it is projected to operate from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, Sunday through Thursday, and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“I want to revisit the true Italian-American pizzerias and trattorias of the 1950s and ‘60s. We are trying to recreate the red checker-cloth red sauce joints back in the day,” chef and co-founder Mike Friedman told Eater last month, adding he’s going for a “lived in” vibe via a design based on lots of wood, funky floor tiling, and exposed brick.

Booze is naturally a big part of what will likely become a pregame destination before Nationals games, with lots of D.C. breweries on the 12 tap lines.
Alysa Turner/All-Purpose

The new location has fewer pizzas than its Shaw sister, though the Sicilian-style margherita and classic Buona with chile honey have migrated over. New offerings include the Sedgewick (whipped ricotta, mozzarella, tallegio, parmesan, truffle honey, chives), and the Rockaway, an ode to the New York area beach that’s topped with parmesan fonduta, New Jersey clams, smoked bacon, spring onion, grana padano, and lemon.

One of the new pizzas debuting at Southeast’s All-Purpose, the Bushwick features cheese, portobello mushroom, red onion, thyme, and Sicilian hot sauce.
Travis Mitchell/Eater DC

Other new items include pickled vegetables with white bean purée, a “pizzeria” salad with fusilli pasta, as well as fried cauliflower. To end, there’s a warm chocolate chip cookie crowned with gelato from Dolcezza.

Scroll down to view the opening menu for the new All-Purpose:

The neighborhood has recently seen a slew of restaurants set up shop in the surrounding area. Next up is another budding pizza chain (Declaration), currently scheduled to debut on April 5. And Dupont’s margarita haven Mission is shooting for a mid-summer debut of its spin-off Mexican eatery.

Status: Certified open. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; website.

All-Purpose - Navy Yard

79 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC, DC 20003 202-629-1894 Visit Website