An Early Look at Fuel Pizza

""“Washington is no stranger to high-quality gas station food, and now there’s a new eatery with diesel-themed decor in town: Fuel Pizzeria, which opened Wednesday at 16th and K downtown, according to the Washingtonian. Co-owner Jeremy Wladis, a New York native with local family ties, is bringing the signature slices of his home state—by way of the Carolinas, where he’s road-tested eight Fuel locations—to Washington, as well as crispy hot wings, calzones, garlic knots, and stuffed subs.”

“District-specific items include Old Bay–dusted fries and wings, and the %$^& (translation: a habanero-spiced hot wing that’ll scorch your taste buds). There’s also a pizza take on a favorite local dip, loaded with artichoke, spinach, and lump crab, and a dessert pie topped with slow-cooked cherries. Sound too snazzy for a slice? There’s still crisp-yet-chewy-crusted wedges spread with tangy tomato sauce, fresh mozz, and pepperoni. Gluten-free versions are also available.”

“Fuel’s model is the fast-casual/sit-down hybrid, order-at-the-counter eateries where you can still sip a cold beer or margarita and attendants can bus your table, bring another round of drinks while you’re watching the game on a flat-screen, or, in the case of the pizzeria, show up at your doorstep with a hot pie. The initial delivery area will be within a six-mile radius, but look for that to expand, along with the operation itself: Up next is a second location in Penn Quarter. “