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Nov 10, 2013 10:22 AM

Ghibelina, Pizza at 14th and Q, NW - Report

Ghibelina is the new fave pizza of the Washington Post. For my part, I took advantage of the half price pizza at happy hour, which is a damn good offer. 7 days a week from 4:30-6:30pm. I got the olive e carciofi which comes with smoked mozz and sun dried tomato. Pizza for $9 instead of the regular $18 price. It was excellent. It comes uncut but they give you heavy duty scissors which do the trick. To get the offer you must sit at the bar, which fills up pretty quickly.

I saw people ordering additional items from the regular menu as well, but the pizza is more than enough for one.

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  1. I think the pizza is worth the happy hour price, but not much more...and certainly not the normal asking price. It's a wonderful looking restaurant, but seriously over-priced. IMO, Pupatella, Pizzeria Paradiso, and 2 Amy all are much better.

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    1. re: The Big Crunch

      Agreed. I only tried Ghibellina's pizza once, a few months back, but both my dining companion and I were not at all impressed. It was not happy hour though.
      My experience at Etto was definitely better.

    2. At $9 a pie it hardly matters, but at $18 a pie I have to wonder, how big are these pies?

      (Despite having lived in DC for several years, I never tried any of the 'gourmet' pizza places, and never found a local one that made a decent pie for a reasonable price--we have several of those in Boston. So I had to learn to make my own, and that has been going pretty well. It's easy to make a decent pie at home if you can get your oven up to 900 degrees.)

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      1. re: KWagle

        They're standard Neopolitan size. You really ought to try a few of the places - 2 Amy's and Pizzeria Paradiso are quite good.

        1. re: The Big Crunch

          So, 9-12"? That's pretty small for $18.

          1. re: KWagle

            My guess is that it is at least 12", probably a bit bigger. I can eat the whole thing, but I'm definitely slowing down on those last two pieces. Ghibelina is not a pizzeria, It's a restaurant that serves pizza as only part of the menu.

            A bit larger then Pupatella, I'd say. My favorite pie there (the burrata) is $14, so it is more expensive than that, but I'm expecting to pay more in DC. That's why I visited during happy hour.

            1. re: KWagle

              You'd be amazed at the number of small portions of over-hyped food that will cost a surprising amount of money along 14th Street :(

              Like I said, this is good but nothing great Neopolitan pizza. I'd put it below 2 Amy's Pizzeria Paradiso, and Pupatella and right about at the level of Pacci's in Silver Spring. As others have pointed out though, it is only one component of a decently large menu, so in all fairness, it should be judged by more than its pizza.