20 drafts and everything Naples
Washington DC
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If you're committing your restaurant to a specific theme, you might as well go all in -- unless it's a Texas Hold 'Em themed place, in which case that's super risky. For a Neapolitan pizzeria that's authentic down to the last brick, check out Menomale, soft-opening later this week.

From a certificate-holding member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana & a San Fran beer guru, quaint, dual-roomed Meno serves pies amidst a log bar, antique Italian artifacts, and a 6000lb wood-burning pizza oven shipped from Naples, so you know it's first class. The ingredients, too, are sourced from the Campania region, and're cooked above the oven's thick pieces of Italian rock salt & by a pizzaiolo who spent seven years training at the the Napoli guild of pizza, where he was tested on things like tomato classification and "stretching the dough", a skill that'll definitely come in handy after seeing how much it costs to run a restaurant. Speaking of dough, it's made using Denominazione di Origine Protetta certified (...it means it's definitely from Italy...) Caputo "00 flour", which'll bond you to pizze like the panna/ prosciutto cotto/ sauteed porcinis Bianca, the sausage/ San Marzano tomatoes/ mozz Salsiccia, and the cherry tomatoes/ Grana Padano/ arugula Di Ettore.

They've also got 20 draft lines that'll be rotating constantly, but'll generally stick to an outline of five light European lagers, ten standard IPA's/ Kolsch's/ hefeweizens, and five sours/ blends/ barrel-agers specially selected for all the "beer nerds", so ordering one of those is probably the safe bet.

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1. Menomale 2711 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20018 (Noma)

The guys at Menomale in Brooklyn use pizza ingredients specifically sourced from the Campania region of Italy. In keeping with tradition, Menomale’s pies use only 00 flour, fior di latte mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. The pizza is cooked in a 6,000 lb wood-burning pizza oven from Naples itself. Don't forget to pair your slices with one of the 10 craft beers on draft.

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