|Fall Pizza from Radius......half with no mushrooms of course!|
|Bacon pizza. Need I say more?|
|The French Connection from Fire Works Pizza----new in Arlington.|
|Classic Margherita from Fire Works Pizza.|
|r.t. pizza from Fire Works Pizza|
|Michael, back from his honeymoon.|
|Kelly never ceases to amaze me with her big mouth!!|
|Lindsay's first time on the blog, so it's fitting that Jess is showing her ring!|
|Dave brought the pizza from Radius.|
|Newly married doesn't mean she won't show the rings!!|
|Jenny favored the fall pizza from Radius.|
|Joey brought the pizza from Fireworks.|
|Ryan looks very excited to be eating the yummy pizza.|
|This was my favorite pizza of the night.....pesto!|
|Remember Chad from the last one? He's here to stay!|
|Dana looks cute even when eating pizza!|
So....we decided to do a pizza competition and ordered from two different pizza places to compare. Dave brought pizza from Radius in DC.....the fall pizza--which is pumpkin puree, feta, ricotta, caramelized onions and mushrooms (on half), and the Bacon and Spinach pizza--which is house made pancetta, baby spinach, creamy bechamel, and mozzarella.
Joey and Kelly decided to try a new place in Arlington, Fire Works Pizza. They ordered one r.t.--which is pesto sauce, salami, fresh mozzarella, spinach, goat cheese, and roasted peppers; the classic margherita--which is cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt; and one french connection--which is white sauce, brie, apples, chicken, roasted onions, prosciutto, tomatoes and dijon cream.
I think we all forgot that we were supposed to be comparing and just dug right in. It's hard to compare when we didn't order similar pizzas, but people did gravitate towards their favorite ones. The other thing I will say, is that you should always go to the restaurant and sit down to try a pizza first. It's always best straight out of the oven.
That being said........everything was pretty good. Some people were skeptical of the fall pizza because of the pumpkin, but everyone agreed that it wasn't overly pumpkin-y. I tried that last year and liked it, but thought it had too many onions......this one did not. It was perfect. The bacon and spinach pizza from Radius was excellent as well with an interesting sauce and bacon that was amazing. I would like to try other pizza from Radius and eat in the restaurant, but it's hard to seat our big group! And that place is always packed, which is a good sign!
As far as Fire Works went, the French Connection was fine, but nobody's favorite. We would have liked it better without the chicken for some reason. The margherita was amazing. Period, end of story. Everything about it was awe inspiring. But then again, the pesto pizza (the r.t.) was incredible too. I love pesto and there was a perfect amount on the crust. Then the goat cheese....forget about it. I can't wait to go to the actual restaurant and try it hot out of the oven!