A Northern Virginia food truck selling hefty, saucy, square pizzas made in the Detroit style plans to roll into D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood tonight.
Lombardo’s Detroit-Style pizza will park outside of months-old King Street Oyster Bar (22 M Street NE) between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday. The truck comes from Rick Allison, a partner in the raw bar who was previously an executive chef at Old Ebbitt Grill.
Pizza appears to be a top comfort food during the coronavirus pandemic, hence the timing. This past week, the truck made appearances outside KSOB’s sister location in Leesburg, Virginia.
The crust is extra thick and crispy on the bottom, doused in brick cheese with sauce on top. Nationwide, the Detroit-style square pizza has been gaining in popularity, reaching New York, San Francisco, and Nashville. Detroit pies showed in D.C. last year at Red Light on 14th Street NW. Now customers can find it at Emmy Squared or Ivy and Coney in Shaw, Della Barba in Ivy City, or Little Beast in Upper Northwest.
Allison’s idea for a Detroit-style pizza truck stemmed from a visit to his daughter in Austin, Texas, where they tried the thick pies for the first time.
Here’s a look at the menu and the red sauce truck:
Another to-go pie option debuts in D.C. today. Shaw’s Morris American Bar will start slinging pies from Petworth favorite Timber Pizza outside its doors every Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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