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.
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.
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.
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