I was planning on writing my next post about something more classically St. Louis, like the Arch, but then I ended up eating at District of Pi Pizzeria in Penn Quarter in DC–which believe it or not has very strong ties to St. Louis. The Arch will have to wait.

District of Pi started out as Pi Pizzeria in St. Louis, in the Delmar Loop, an area which I will definitely be writing about in a future post. The restaurant became so popular that it soon expanded to two other locations in St. Louis. It also has a food truck and a take-out only place. Click here for a review of the St. Louis restaurant.

Photo by prettywar-stl

How did Pi end up in DC? In October of 2008, then Senator Barack Obama gave a campaign speech at a rally in St. Louis at the Arch. During his brief stay in St. Louis, Obama tried pizza from Pi (he knew Pi’s owner, Chris Sommers, after meeting him a year earlier at a fundraiser), and loved it. In fact, he loved it so much that he later had Pi pizza delivered all the way to the White House after he took office. Sommers cooked the pizzas in the West Wing. In honor of Obama’s election, Pi served Broccoli Obama Pizza back in St. Louis. Obama has called Pi’s his favorite pizza. Perhaps due to this presidential connection, DC seemed like a perfect place for Pi to expand. District of Pi opened in Penn Quarter over the summer.

Pi’s pizza is amazing. I personally like the thin crust best (it’s crispy with a nice cornmeal flavor), but the deep dish is also good. You can mix and match to create your own pizzas or choose from a list of pre-designed pies, all named after various city neighborhoods–a lot of them in St. Louis. My favorite make-your-own-pizza is cheese with green peppers, onions, and sundried tomatoes. I would also recommend the bada bing salad (field greens, toasted almonds, gorgonzola cheese, dried bing cherries, with raspberry vinaigrette)–my Dad’s favorite.

Photo by sj_sanders

Photo by prettywar-stl

I felt totally at home at the DC restaurant (I love anything out here that reminds me of St. Louis), and the pizza tasted just at good as it does back in the 3-1-4 (314 is the main area code for St. Louis, which also happens to be the same as the first three digits of Pi. Coincidence?)

Next time you’re in Penn Quarter (DC), stop by District of Pi or track down their food truck to get a taste of St. Louis. Hopefully that will hold you over until you get the chance to try the real thing.



About stlconfidential

I am a Midwesterner at heart, living in Washington D.C. I am also a graduate student at GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, interested in political communication, social media, and baseball.
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11 Responses to (Pi)zza

  1. jenna rose says:

    yep, Pi is definitely the best. The 3-1-4 thing never occurred to me….
    Enjoying your blog

  2. ninjapalooza says:

    OMG I just got so hungry. How did I go to Mizzou for 4 years and not know about this?! Love your pictures and the well-researched history. Excellent post.

  3. winniechao says:

    What a great story for how Pi came to the DC area. I’ve walked by the store and the Pi truck comes by GW every now and then, though I’ve never actually tried a slice. Now that my expectations have been inflated to a presidential level, I’ll have to follow @pitruckdc and stop by next time they’re in Foggy Bottom!

  4. Da says:

    These pizzas look unbeatable!! I never had a pizza alike in the second picture. Worth a try!

  5. Courtney says:

    I see the Pi food truck on campus all the time and I had no idea it had such an awesome history!

  6. Marti says:

    But you failed to mention the best part of your visit – your cousins as dining companions! 🙂

  7. nikkiusher says:

    That’s a great story! And something I’m sure only an insider would know about! The 314 and Pi is kind of hilarious. The pizza also looks incredibly delicious. Good to know that the force of the Oval Office can inspire culinary immigration….

  8. evanstiernan says:

    I am so glad that you took a few minutes to feature Pi Pizzeria. It has mouth-wateringly delicious pizza! My favorite part is the cornmeal crust, especially on the deep dish pizzas. I actually didn’t know that they had a location in DC, so I thank you for the tip. I’ll definitely be recruiting some of my friends to go there for dinner in the next few weeks. I hope the D.C. location has the same quirky modern art decor: http://bit.ly/y712GX, http://bit.ly/zjSfkm and http://bit.ly/xsVCYx. It’s part of the experience. I hope you plan to highlight other cool places in Delmar in upcoming postings!

    • I love the cornmeal crust too! And yes, I love that USA license plate artwork and I didn’t see it at the DC location, but I also couldn’t see the whole bar area from where I was sitting, so maybe they do have some similar artwork. Let me know if you see any when you go!

  9. HK says:

    Can I get one now???? Hungry… at Gelman…

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