Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pizza Autentica Coming to Capitol View

A second Pizza Autentica will be making its way to The Little Quadrant That Could according to the Washington Business Journal (subscribers only). One of the newest additions to the growing Pizza Autentica empire will open at the Capitol View office building on 425 3rd Street. At the L'Enfant Plaza Pizza Autentica location, lines are usually out the door during lunch hour, which demonstrates the dearth of restaurants in the area for workers (and residents), especially since the renovation of the Promenade at L'Enfant Plaza began late last year. It would have been nice if restaurateur Hakan Ilhan opened one of his other concepts instead of another Pizza Autentica (like Einstein Brothers Bagels, Gelatoria Dolce Vita, or Cafe Cantina), but beggars can't be choosers, I guess. There's no word yet whether the new Pizza Autentica will serve beer (like the Ballston location), whether it will stay open late, have indoor/outdoor seating, or when it will open. I'll let you know once I find out these details. There's still retail space available at Capitol View, which opened in 2008 and has slowly, but surely signed leases with office tenants. On the project website of The Rappaport Companies, it states that the retail spots at Capitol View are ideal for food or financial services. In addition to office lease signings at Capitol View, Patriots Plaza has been attracting tenants as well, so it was inevitable that a restaurant would open at 425 3rd Street. Hopefully a second restaurant will make an announcement soon.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh. What a disappointment. That place is awful.

Caity Bierman said...

how's it awful? it's one of the only ny style pizza places in the city. If they could open one at the waterfront buildings that would be awesome-or maybe it will actually have delivery?

Anonymous said...

They have the worst pizza I have ever had. Seriously. Just horrible.

Anonymous said...

Their food is horrible. What a disappointment, indeed.

Anonymous said...

I don't think their pizza is as bad as everyone is saying, but it's disappointing because of all the really GOOD pizza popping up around town, and even in the Capitol Hill area (Matchbox, 7th Hill, We The Pizza, etc. and truck pizza like DC Slices). It would be nice to get something in SW on par with what's happening around the city.

Anonymous said...

agreed. really disappointing. the only reason one location is doing well is that there aren't any other lunch choices. we don't need another mediocre pizza place...

Anonymous said...

It's nice to have a place to eat in SW, but I must agree that their pizza does leave much to be desired, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather have the safeway pizzas (which actually aren't terrible.)

Any place that has to put "authentic" in its name is over-compensating for a lack of authenticity.

Case in point: Pizza Autentica.