The mania of recent years for square, crispy-bottomed Detroit-style pizzas hasn’t translated to a glut of the stuff in NoVA–yet. That may finally be changing with the impending arrival of Emmy Squared Pizza on King Street in Alexandria. The chain first touched down in our region with a location in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, and another will open in the Navy Yard neighborhood this month. The Alexandria location, in the former Pizzeria Paradiso space, is slated to debut later this summer.
The Emmy Squared began its life in Brooklyn in 2016, and was one of the pizzerias that helped to birth the Detroit-style trend. The premium pies are made with King Arthur Baking Company flour, and include both red and white pies with a slew of appealing toppings. The tomato-sauce-covered Colony² is sweet and spicy with pepperoni, pickled jalapenos, and hot honey. Vodka sauce gives character to the Big Ang, with its ricotta, double pecorino, meatball, and banana peppers. Some white pizzas boast sandwich-style toppings, including a Nashville-style hot chicken and Le Burger, covered in grass-fed beef, pickles, and American cheese.
Actual sandwiches are also an important part of the menu. The Huge Hot Chicken Wedge has won fans of its own for its combination of spicy chicken with Alabama white sauce, pickles, blue cheese, olives, cherry tomatoes, and ranch. For traditionalists, there are eggplant and chicken parmigiana sandwiches. Le Big Matt burger features Pat LaFrieda grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, something called Sammy Sauce, greens, and pickles on a pretzel bun.
Follow the Alexandria location’s progress across social media @emmysquaredpizza. 124 King St., Alexandria
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