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Mar 29, 2014 05:29 PM

Help me find Pizza?!

Many years ago, sometime around 1997 I was on a road trip driving through DC and the group I was with stopped at a Dunkin Donuts. Right next door was a tiny pizza place so I popped in for a slice. It was one of the best slices of pizza ice ever had and I would love to know where the name of the place. It was tiny, next to a D&D a ton of picture of famous people and presidente on the walls, it apparently had been around forever. I don't think there was even seating but the memory is pretty fuzzy so I can't be sure. It was square slice and the sauce had a ton of flavor. Any guesses

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    1. I don't know if Ledo was next to a D&D. To give you a better description, the original Ledo's is on Adelphi Blvd in College Park:

      The slices were square and thick and the crust was unusual - sort of buttery.

      Certainly they had their share of local celebs but then again, that's true of a lot of old-time pizza places.

      1. I'm thinking you stopped outside of DC and ended up in Rosslyn/Arlington VA at Mario's. I believe it had a Dunkin Donuts next door, square pizza, no seating where you get the pizza slices, around forever, etc.

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        1. re: chanceindc

          Yes, you must be right about that. There are a few old photos hanging still - but only a few. One from Bob Hope, I think.

          Funny, by many people here it is considered a really awful, awful pizza. For me it is a guilty pleasure. Still to this day a slice with a huge mound of bbq topping or a sausage patty (not crumbled sausage) that covers the whole slice probably weighs in at over a pound and is a blast from the past.

          The address is:
          3322 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

          OP, take a look at Google Maps street view and see if this is the place you remember.

          1. re: Steve

            It's not "really awful" if it's right out of the oven. In fact, it's pretty good. Myself, I usually go for the steak and cheees sub. Which is awesome.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Have you had it with either the 'bbq' topping or the sausage patty? Nothing in the world like it. It's a whole new food group.

              1. re: Steve

                Mostly, just plain. I've done the sausage patty only a few times over the past 45-plus years. If you're a regular, Joe will lay a free slice on you once in a while. That's how he hooked my wife with it. She's no pushover when it comes to pizza either, having grown up in central CT.

                1. re: flavrmeistr

                  I go for the sausage patty slice as well, but my visits there over the last 10 years or so have only been a few times per year when in that neighborhood just for the nostalgia.

                  It’s one of those places that I “discovered” about 30 years ago when I was just out of college, when my reference for good pizza was Ledo’s from my undergrad days in College Park- which I also still love for the nostalgia.

                  Joe was always the best, and yes, would sneak an extra slice in the box on occasion when he started to recognize you.

        2. Do you have any idea of what part of the DC area you were in? Virginia? Maryland?

          Was it a stand-alone restaurant, a strip mall? I don't think you're talking about Mario's in Arlington, but maybe Continental Caterers in Kensington? I think there's a Dunkin Donuts in that strip.

          1. The Broiler sells square pies and is pretty small. Don't know about the Dunkin Donuts.


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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              There was a Dunkin Donuts next to Mario's. It's changed hands a few times. I believe it's a taco place currently.