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Sat, Sep 24 2005 at 09:22 AM

Radius Pizza

Posted by Jason, Sep 24, 2005

I finally stopped by Radius Pizza for a pie the other day. All I can say is that it was about time. I've been hearing about this place all over, between DCist, DR.com and eGullet. All of the feedback that people have been giving has been very positive, which is why I'm so surprised that I was as disappointed with the pizza as I was...

First, a plain cheese pizza is $17. That's too much for a plain pizza. That said, A large pizza is HUGE, measuring at about two and a half feet in diameter.

Second, the crust was just missing the right flavor and texture. It might have been that I had to wait till I drove home to eat it, but the crust had a very chewy texture to it. I ended up leaving most of the crust on my plate. The good thing about the crust was that it was the right thickness and when you picked up the slice, there was that ideal "floppyness" that you're supposed to get when you pick up a slice of NY-style pizza.

I did think that the cheese and sauce were pretty good and the pizza was topped with the right amounts of both, but it really didn't make up for the crust. I probably need to go and actually eat the pizza at the restaurant to see if it tastes any different.

Another thing I noticed is that the staff is very friendly and courtious. While I was waiting for my pizza, I sat at the bar for a short time and had a beer. The bartender was friendly as were the waitresses that passed by.

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monavano

Do they sell by the slice? I wonder, because short of spending 17 bucks on a pie, I'd try a slice in house. The steam of the box can alter the texture of the dough entirely. Other ways to screw up dough is too much crust on the end.
It sounds like it has potention, given that it passed the flop test, which I assume translates into a good score for the fold test.
Other than that, how about the cheese grease factor??
Thanks for the review!

monavano

edit above to say it sounds like it has *potential*, not potention. I don't know what that is anyway.

jason

some people think the crust is supposed to be somewhat chewy.

Jason

Translation...

chewy = like cardboard

I bet the crust would be much better if I'd eaten it at the restaurant.

Monavano,
The cheese was def. greasy, but not overly greasy like Jumbo Slice makes it.

Heather B.

I think the good part about greasy jumbo slice pizza is that it's only eaten after the hours of 2 am on a weekend.

Anyway, I love this and the food advice you give, hopefully you'll still be able to go out and 'taste test' after the baby comes.

Heather

Culocho

They do sell by the slice and you MUST eat it at the restaurant. I don't even bother with the leftovers because the crust turns almost rancid.

jim collins

I'm not sure it's possible to make a decent pizza that large...

Kate Druschel

As a Mt. Pleasant resident, I often eat at Radius - it's so convenient and has great atmosphere and, as you said, the staff is really friendly. I found, though, that I have to order the small pizza (which, with an appetizer or salad is really enough for two people to share) and the crust on it is somehow better, there isn't as much grease, and I enjoy the experience so much more- and there are no leftovers to have to throw out because the crust turns Crusty. Try it with broccoli rabe + sausage!

Sara

We have been fans of Indian food for a vey long time and have tried various Indian restaurants in the area. Bombay Bistro is still undoubtedly the reigning King of Indian food in Rockville. On a recent trip the place was looking totally refurnished with a fresh coat of paint, new doors and windows, granite tables, some pictures of spices on the walls, a nice display of spices in the open kitchen.I understand from the Manager that they are making some changes to the Menu soon.
Cheers!
Sara

Mike

For the person that reviewed this place...How the hell do you do a food review w/takeout? Try eating in at Radius, I'm sure you won't be disapointed.

Bill Cash

Well, I've eaten here twice now, and I have to say, the second time was much more of a disappointment. The lighting was EXTREMELY dark at 6pm on a fall night. That's a shame because you could barely gaze into the richly lacquered tables or abhor the cheap plywood benches. The staff was a little surly too. The pizza is, well, ehhh... I agree with the "floppyness" comment, but DC has better food to offer.

Michelle

Hey, I know this post is ancient but I wanted to let you (and your readers) know that Radius is under new ownership. You should definitely think about coming out and checking it out again. If you're interested, please feel free to contact me and I can provide you with more details.

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