Food.Fun.Stuff: HomeMade Pizza Company Opens Today

[ 0 ] September 24, 2009 |

Today HomeMade Pizza Company officially opens its doors to pizza lovers and the like. After attending the soft opening last night we now fully understand the concept. Prior to the soft opening, we had taste tested the pizza but under different circumstances. Last night, we played an actual consumer role without the media pass. While riding down Lee Highway, we were squinting trying to find “4514” which was not hard after we spotted the large crowd surrounding the small store. Where there is free food, there will be plenty of visitors.

The grill was fired up, the wine corks were being popped and the line meant about a 45 minute wait. Taking it all in, JKGF observed how there were no tables inside the small store where space was mostly made available for the kitchen. We found this to be a good thing, more room for the food! Later we found out this is the deal: HomeMade Pizza Company’s (“HPC”) goal is for those who love good food, with a homemade appeal but don’t have much time, to make this your spot. Ever wanted a homemade pizza with fresh dough but after a long day of work, you just can’t bring yourself to pull out the rolling pin?? This is where HPC makes its mark. You can call ahead, or order in the store the pizza of your choice, they put it together, package it up, you take it home, heat it up in the oven and eat. Easy enough…and fast (*15 minutes pre-heat time depending on your oven, 15 minutes cooktime depending on your oven).

We tried our hand at the Quattro Stagioni which is prosciutto, artichokes, wild mushrooms, kalamata olives, fontinella cheese and fresh thyme…basically an immersion into Italy’s distinct flavors. It was a good choice, the flavors complimented each other well. We also had a taste of a pie that we put together ourselves…ground beef, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese on top of the HPC dough and tomato sauce. We were not fans of the ground beef, it tasted more like processed meat rather than real ground up beef…MorningStar meat comes to mind when revisiting the taste. Other pies we were itching to try were The Georgia which features a cumin-scented Santa Fe chicken sausage and the Savory Pie which has one of our favorite cheeses, mild chevre.

We’re excited that this concept is spreading throughout the DMV because really, how many of us have been disappointed about pizza that was delivered and was not as hot as you wanted it or tasted a little soggy? No more! (*We know we sound like an informercial in that last line, but we really like this unique concept especially where it involves cheesy pizza) With another location opening October 15, HPC is making its mark as the new go to pizza joint in the District…kinda reminds us of how Five Guys took over the Districts burger scene…

HomeMade Pizza Company

4514 Lee Hwy.

Arlington, VA

Coming Soon to:

5632 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.

Category: Announcements, Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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