Rating: ★★★★★

14339321_10154554594008011_553142103_oMenomale is an Italian-style pizzeria located at 2711 12th St NE. “What do you mean by Italian-style pizzeria? I thought all pizza was Italian,” you ask. While it’s true that pizza has its roots in Italy, the New York pie and the Chicago deep dish are at least as American at this point as they are Italian. Menomale strives to take pizza back to its roots by crafting true Neapolitan-style pies with imported ingredients fro Italy’s Campania region. Apparently Neapolitan pies don’t traditionally come sliced, so your pizza arrives with a special pair of scissors to cut it. I ordered the Prosciutto Cotto pie, which was absolutely delicious and paired it with a very pleasant glass of red wine. As you might imagine, even though the prices are reasonable, the ambiance is great, especially if you sit outside. I went there for the first time on a date and it proved to be one of the best casual date spots I’ve been to in DC. Everyone who’s seen Lady and the Tramp knows nothing makes a more romantic date than some classic Italian food. So bring a special someone, pick a pleasant evening and head on over to Brookland!