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upper crust pizzeria | 17th and penn | downtown

The block of Pennsylvania between 17th and 18th is dotted with several eateries and coffee shops that are easily missed if you’re not paying attention thanks to their recessed storefronts at the bottom of large office buildings. Although this is a block that I frequently walk down (usually to go to Roti for lunch), I only recently noticed that Chop’t and Jimmy Johns have locations on the block (and I’m told that they’ve been open at least a few months). Next door to Roti is Upper Crust Pizzeria, a Boston-based pizzeria with its D.C. outpost serving a distinct D.C.-oriented menu.

The Girls Happy Hour decided that in 2012, we need to convene more than once a month, and E nominated Upper Crust for our latest happy hour destination because she recently lunched there after purchasing a LivingSocial deal and noticed that they had great happy hour deals:

Although I am not a huge pizza fanatic, thin crust pizza holds a special place in my heart, and that is the only kind Upper Crust serves. We decided to order two small specialty pizzas, The Dupont (white pizza topped with prosciutto, fresh basil and tomato) and The Nationals Park (Italian sausage, bell peppers, sliced onions).

the dupont (small) | upper crust pizzeria | downtown

the nationals park (small) | upper crust pizzeria | downtown

I was expecting personal-sized pizzas, but Upper Crust’s “small” pizzas are 14″ or the typical size for large pizzas at most pizzerias. If I had noticed the diameter on the menu, we may have only ordered one pizza, but at the happy hour price of $10 per pizza (+ discounted draft beers), this was still our cheapest happy hour outing yet.

With its gourmet toppings, chewy thin crusts, and a friendly bartender slash iPod DJ, Upper Crust’s happy hour should not be missed!

Upper Crust also delivers for free (min $10 order) to Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and within a 1-mile radius of the store in NW.

Upper Crust Pizzeria | 1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW | 202.463.0002