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A Detroit-Style Pizza Truck Will Start Parking in NoMa

Kick off another shelter-in-place weekend with the Midwest favorite

Whole Detroit-style pies land in NoMa tonight.
Lombardo’s Detroit Style Pizza/official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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.

The Lombardo’s truck
The Lombardo’s truck
Lombardo’s Detroit-Style Pizza [official]

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.

Preorder pies ($11 to $13) through the oyster bar’s website. Allison is working on a schedule to make more consistent stops in NoMa going forward. Follow its social media pages for updates.

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.

And on Monday, May 4, Albi chef Michael Rafidi reunites with fellow Blue Duck Tavern alum Logan Griffith for a pop-up pizza party (order online via Toast or Tock for pick-up from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

King Street Oyster Bar

22 M Street Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 621-8513 Visit Website