• Elissa Silverman said she has looked through Yelp’s top 100 list of pizzerias in Washington, D.C. and given every one of them a try.
  • Silverman prefers New York-style pizza but added, “There’s basically a slice in every ward that I will eat.”

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As an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., Elissa Silverman is running for reelection this year. It’s grueling work, but Silverman knows exactly how to unwind after a hard day on the campaign trail: She eats a lot of pizza.

In a recent candidates’ Q&A with Axios, Silverman, asked to name “one fun thing voters don’t know” about her, replied, “I have eaten pizza at every D.C. pizza place in the city.” In a follow-up piece, a dubious Jessica Sidman, reporting for The Washingtonian, had to ask: “Really? Every pizza place?”

“I mean, I looked through, like, Yelp’s top 100, and I’ve eaten at every one of them,” Silverman said.

Silverman noted that she once worked for the Washington City Paper, “so I’ve certainly eaten all the jumbo slices on 18th Street. I went to L’Ardente and had pizza there because I heard it was good. You know, and every place in between. Like, I’ve eaten a 7-Eleven pizza. I mean, I love pizza.”

Silverman, a Democrat, was first elected to the council in 2014 and won again in 2018. In a previous role with the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, she helped coordinate campaigns that led to an increase in D.C.’s minimum wage and an expansion of paid sick days for restaurant workers, according to her website.

Elissa Silverman

As far as we know, dining at every local pizzeria was never a campaign promise for Silverman. But she apparently makes sure to throw her business their way. In the Washingtonian interview, she declined to name her favorite pizza spot, but noted, “There’s basically a slice in every ward that I will eat, including east of the river—there’s Mama’s Pizza Kitchen in Ward 8.”

She’s not a big fan of Detroit-style pizza, she admitted. “When I think of pizza, I think of a New York slice,” she said. She does like Wiseguy Pizza, with three stores in D.C. and two in Arlington, Virginia, and Andy’s Pizza, which has six locations.

But what’s her stance on pineapple as a pizza topping? No problem, but she’s not a big fan of the ham that usually goes with it. “I do not get ham on my pizza,” she said. “I have no objection to pork, but I’d prefer either sausage or pepperoni. [The ham on a Hawaiian pizza] kind of knocks me out more than the pineapple.”


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