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Kcjones106 Mar 29, 2014 05:29 PM

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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    Worldwide Diner RE: Kcjones106 Mar 29, 2014 06:26 PM

    Ledo pizza.

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      Worldwide Diner RE: Worldwide Diner Mar 31, 2014 10:35 AM

      That was my uneducated wild a$$ guess.

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      Just Visiting RE: Kcjones106 Mar 30, 2014 11:16 AM

      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.

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        chanceindc RE: Kcjones106 Mar 30, 2014 06:36 PM

        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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          Steve RE: chanceindc Mar 30, 2014 08:33 PM

          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.

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            flavrmeistr RE: Steve Mar 31, 2014 07:06 AM

            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.

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              Steve RE: flavrmeistr Mar 31, 2014 07:15 AM

              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.

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                flavrmeistr RE: Steve Mar 31, 2014 07:33 AM

                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.

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                  chanceindc RE: flavrmeistr Mar 31, 2014 11:11 AM

                  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.

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          MikeR RE: Kcjones106 Mar 31, 2014 04:35 AM

          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. monkeyrotica RE: Kcjones106 Mar 31, 2014 07:37 AM

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


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              flavrmeistr RE: monkeyrotica Mar 31, 2014 10:02 AM

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

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