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Pete’s New Haven Apizza Plans Sunday Opening

by ARLnow.com — March 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm 4,415 95 Comments

(Updated at 12:25 p.m.) The new Pete’s New Haven Apizza restaurant in Clarendon is planning to open its doors on Sunday.

Pete’s co-owner Tom Marr tells us the restaurant has gotten all the necessary county occupancy and state alcohol permits, and is on track to open Sunday at 11:00 a.m. It could open today, he said, but management is focusing on training staff.

Pete’s serves New Haven-style pizza, which is explained at length on the company’s web site. Their “specialty apizzas” include: “Boola Boola” with house-made meatballs, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and cherry peppers; “Merritt Parkway” with Prosciutto di Parma, Kalamata olives, caramelized onions, basil and extra virgin olive oil; “New Haven” with white clams, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Romano and oregano; and “Nighthawk” with basil pesto, grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and fresh mozzarella.

The price of an 18″ pie ranges from $18.95 to $25.95. In addition to offering pizza by the pie, Pete’s will offer a few varieties of pizza by the slice for $2.50 to $3.25.

Other menu items include appetizers, paninis, pasta dishes and homemade seasonal desserts. Twelve beers will be available on draft. Patrons will be able to choose between outdoor and indoor seating.

The restaurant, at 3017 Clarendon Boulevard, will be the first business to open on the ground floor of the recently-completed Clarendon Center north building. BGR: The Burger Joint is expected to open within the next two weeks.

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  • Josh

    nothing unique on tap… or in the oven… zing

    • Josh

      hmm, after further inspection… half price pints at HH at the columbia heights location… now that’s not bad. 2.5$ for lagunitas. and cans of Oskar Blues G’knight at clarendon? might have to give this type of pizza a try.

      • Southeast Jerome

        $2.50 lauganitas – thats not a deal thats a steal

      • borf

        They got Oskar? Cool.

    • Josh

      old rasputin for $3 during HH at friendship heights? holy…

    • V Dizzle

      C’mon, they aren’t brewing their own, but that’s not a bad set of taps (the 7 I can read). Well above average for A’town.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarendonBlvd ClarendonBlvd

    Boylen’s cherry soda, good beer selection, pizza by the slice. Full pie prices seem to remind me of American Flat Bread prices though…however, this location is certainly better for foot traffic.

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Pete’s makes the case that the 18″ pie is larger than your typical large pizza.

      • CW

        Yes, they make it quite clear on their website, with their three-page-long value proposition where they break down pizza prices and normalize them on a per-square-inch basis.

        • V Dizzle

          Sold. And the slices are cheaper than Sbarro.

      • LyonSteve

        So is Goody’s.

        • John Fontain

          Goody’s pizzas are so big, you have to slant the box at an angle to fit it through the door when you leave.

      • UnderFed

        Pete’s slices are good, but small. Not a good reflection on “New Haven style” whatever that means. Same pizza quality and price at Whole Foods, but slices are much bigger there. I look forward to new “Bronx style” place opening up a block away from Pete’s. No way Bronx style equates with small!

  • Clarendude

    Prosciutto? Sign me up!

  • steve

    My God, even Pizza here is a ripoff. This place is across from that Whatchamacallit that is next to the new Thai restuarant, Burapa.

  • ces1965

    Why do we need more pizza places that will compete with the existing ones and make everyone step up their game? I’d rather we went back to the days when faccia luna was the only decent pizza in the neighborhood. Who needs competition. Also, it would be better if there were longer lines and less capacity to meet the demand for pizza – the few pizza places around would be making money no matter how bad their service or food and that would be great for them.

    • CW

      As I stated in the post below, if this place serves decent, non-crap pizza in a quick-serve setting, it’s going to stand out with the exception of goody’s. Not everyone wants to spend $100 and 2 hours on pizza and turn it into a whole-evening event.

      • Southeast Jerome

        Are you referring to the wait for a table at Fireworks?

        • CW

          That’s one example. Probably the worst offender, yes. But I mean, even at Faccia Luna it’s still a sit-down place. Not everyone is always in the mood for a whole sit-down experience, especially when it’s pizza we’re talking about.

        • AllenB

          You can call ahead to Fireworks so you don’t have to wait much when you get there. And unless you’re doing massive drinking, it’s tough to spend $100 for two at Fireworks when the individual pizza’s are $11 and the larges that feed two are about $17.

          • CW

            I realize that that figure was a bit of a hyperbole, but you also have to understand that the concept of sitting down and having a waiter bring you a pizza is still someone humorously foreign to me. The whole point of pizza to me usually is that you don’t want to use a fork and knife, and you don’t have the time or desire to sit and wait. And don’t try to counter with deep dish because that’s not pizza; it’s its own thing.

          • AllenB

            I’m from NY so I understand where you’re coming from about getting a slice quickly and going. But that’s just not what pizza has become… it’s morphed into something more. I’m okay with that. I live close to Fireworks and love it. I just know to call ahead.

          • CW

            “Pizza, you’ve changed. You’ve turned into something more than you used to be, and I’m not sure I like it. I just don’t know if we can be together anymore.”

          • Southeast Jerome

            Didn’t realize you could do that, will definitely take advantage of calling ahead. And I was being a little bit sarcastic, didn’t meant to come off as talking down about Fireworks – I like that place for the most part

  • CW

    I live across the street so I’m looking forward to it. Prices, yeah, high but whatever.

    I’ve never been to a Pete’s though and my question while seeing the construction and layout of the place is: Is this quick-serve or table service? Because frankly what this area needs is more quick-serve places. We do have a ton of pizza places but at most of them you can’t really go unless you’re going to make it a multi-hour affair with lots of waiting and sipping of $10 craft beers.

    • Chris

      The one in Columbia Heights is a blend of quick-service and sit-down. You can order by the slice and eat there, or order a whole pie.

      • CW

        Ok, awesome. Because honestly, while it sounds laughable given the number of options around here, sometimes I have trouble just finding a place to eat quickly. The vast majority of places are table service, and sometimes that’s just not what you want at the time.

        • Aaron

          It’s not laughable at all; it’s a legitimate complaint if I ever heard one.

          The only “fast” option I can picture for a local in Clarendon (other than the previously mentioned Baja Fresh) would be calling ahead for a carryout order from Hard Times. That shouldn’t take much more than 5 minutes, tops, right?

          • KalashniKEV

            I think we need a Panera.

          • Maria

            A CHAIN?? Bite your tongue.

          • CW

            Yeah, but I still don’t think of that as the same thing. I just want some place that slings greasy-ass subs as a high rate of speed. Big ones, too. I like Mario’s, but they’re kinda slow and it’s still a bit of a walk. There just needs to be some place where you can come down from your high-rise wearing sweatpants at halftime of the game, grab some good stuff, and head back.

    • LyonSteve

      Agreed. Clarendon could use a McDonalds.

      • CW

        Court House could use a taco bell. Oh, wait, nah, that big empty lot is much cooler.

    • LBSki

      Sometimes Pete’s lacks the “quick” in quick service. I used to live near the one in Columbia Heights, and it’s best if you plan to order a beer and sit down. Even if you just order a slice, they have to heat it and do other complicated things with it, you can’t just ask for a slice and then walk away from the counter and stuff your face.

      Great pizza though, and excellent HH prices on tasty beers. I’m excited about this.

  • Interpol

    On one hand, I appreciate that this site covers a city/county that is often ignored in favor of its sexier neighbors (DC, Fairfax County).

    On the other hand, I get soooo tired of these stories about food trucks and restaurant openings. I live right across from Pete’s New Haven Apizza and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about what New Haven pizza tastes like.

    However, is this site supposed to be a legitimate news source, a newsletter, or what? I know someone who was recently the victim of a racist incident in Arlington–are stories like that a little too weighty? I suppose I can give my opinion on the new Trader Joe’s coming to town instead…

    • V Dizzle

      Fairfax County? Do they have the internet out there now?

      • Overgrown Bush

        Dial-up only.

        • ClarendonKing aka ClizzleDizzle

          Get off my compound!

    • Overgrown Bush

      The Orange Line corridor is about bars, pizza, cupcakes, and finding a new location for Dr. Dremos.

      By the way, how many pizza places do we have? Just what we need…another.

      • KalashniKEV

        DremoII’s will probably end up on the Ghetto Line (streetcar) because they’re rent shy. The lost revenue from being secluded will far outweigh the difference in rent though, most likely.

        • mehoo

          At least it will keep you away.

          • Bringmetheyuppies

            Here here! Anything that keeps Kev away is a bonus. Too many Mo’s down here for him to come near.

          • KalashniKEV

            I used to live right near there, believe it or not… It was like the Bakara Market.

          • The Dope of South Arlington

            Go scout the place for illegals, Kev.

          • Tabby

            It’s “hear, hear”

    • KalashniKEV

      Email the webmaster and I’ll bet he’ll put it up. I have before. I’d love to hear about this “racist incident!”

      • Aaron

        Me too!!! I really hope it wasn’t the N-word!!! Everyone in Arlington has a graduate degree and votes for progressives, so there really should never be a racist “incident” here ever!!!!

    • Joe

      Sorry Bud–pizza and burgers pay the bills.

    • Ballstonia

      I, for one, come here specifically for the stories about food trucks and restaurant openings. I get my fill of “weighty” local news from the B section of the Post.

      • Radar

        Me too. There are plenty of other sites for local news. I like how this site has info about upcoming openings.

    • borf

      If you’ve got a tip, send it to ArlNow.com. Click “About” and you can send an anonymous tip. How do you think reporters find out about stuff?

    • jay

      I live for this stuff! I get so excited whenever I hear about more food or booze places coming/opening. I nearly wet my pants the first time I read about Trader Joe’s coming.

    • AllenB

      Fairfax is a sexier neighbor? You ruined your credibility with that statement alone. All the rest of your post is just dribble. This site is for stories of local interest. If you only want “hard news” stories, go over to the Sun Gazette site where I think they get about two comments per day.

      • LBSki

        hear! hear! (is that grammatically correct?)

    • V Dizzle

      Extra! Extra! Interpol’s been served.

  • Tabby

    I’ve been to the CH location, and let me tell you: their pizzas are good, but so are their salads!

    • CW

      How’s their selection of cat food?

      • Tabby

        >>purrr<<

  • Overgrown Bush

    What we really need is Dr. Dremo pizza.

  • Anon

    I’m not sure how people can complain about the price. Facia Luna charges about the same amount for a smaller pizza. $19 to feed, at a minimum, 3 hungry people? Only baha fresh is that cheap in Clarendon. Also 5.99 for two slices and a drink at lunch?! Not even Mcdonalds is that cheap.

  • Pete

    How’s about discounts for guys named Pete??

    • Pete

      +100

      • Tabby

        How about for people willing to say “Apizza” in public?

        • CW

          I’da likea aa abeets abyea.

      • Pedro

        No way Jose! Solamente Pedro.

    • LyonSteve

      How about a groupon? I won’t buy it, but my wife probably would. Then I’d try out this place.

  • Dbag

    How long before a lot of these burger, pizza, bakery joints go under because the area is too saturated with them? I think arlnow should hold a contest and the one that guesses correctly gets a coupon for a free pizza and/or burger at the last remaining establishment.

  • JamesE

    Still need someplace to open up where Aladdin’s use to be.

    • Tabby

      Roti is the bomb.

  • Phoebe the Cat

    Meow. A cat would think that a lacrosse equipment store would do well in Clarendon with all the DBs walking around after about 8pm. Perhaps a corehole and tippy cup store as well?

    • South Arlington

      What is corehole and tippy cup?

    • V Dizzle

      Yawn. If you’re trying to be controversial it helps to get an earlier start in the convo. “Corn hole” is a midwestern past-time as I understand it; “Flip cup” is way more prevalent in DC, so I don’t get that from Clarendon “DB” personally; Lacrosse…really? Is that our definition of a “DB”? You could say it’s predominantly caucasian and upper middle class, but golf and tennis players don’t correlate with “DB” to me, and the demo is probably comparable (not scientifically verified). Anyhow… yawn… meow..

    • M.

      yeah, lame, go hang out with the DBs (dirt balls)in whatever neighborhood you deem as “cool”. I’ve got nothing but love for Clarendon.

      • Phoebe the Cat

        [sound of drinking milk]. I live in and like clarendon. the lax players should go back to reston.

  • M.

    I really love the Columbia Heights location, very excited to see it come to Clarendon!! I adore their salads!

  • Tre

    Having grown up 20 minutes north of New Haven, I hope they bring a little bit of the Connecticut Snobbery to Arlington… oh wait, there’s a reason why I fit in so well here.

  • Arlington, Northside

    Can’t wait to see if they can really recreate the taste of Sally’s or Pepe’s!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/jennrubenstein jenn

      we usually eat modern when we’re up in ct… and it’s right up there. i wonder if there’s a yale alumni club or something that can organize a tasting to see if people from new haven agree it’s the real deal… my mom’s from there, and she says yes. i’m a huge pizza snob (i usually don’t eat pizza, period, unless i’m in nyc or ct) and i love pete’s. they actually accomplish that chewy/crunchy/black-stuff-on-the-bottom thing that makes new haven pizza stand apart. i’m just excited i won’t have to trek all the way up to columbia heights for it any more.

      • clarebare

        Yes,,,please I hope they can recreate my beloved white clam New Haven pizza…and WHITE BIRCH BEER soda on tap! Another Connecticut transplant

        • Dan

          As the chef at the Friendship Heights location, we can’t carry the White Birch on tap, but we often have bottles! We have to ship them down from CT whenever possible.

    • Pedro

      My wife is from New Haven, I didn’t believe the hype for Frank Pepe’s until I ate there. If I were on death row, I’d instruct the warden that my last meal should be Frank Pepe’s white clam apizza. Pete’s is good, but doesn’t really come close. They get the chewiness of the crust right, but unless you have a massive, COAL fired oven you’re not going to get the same quality. Also the clams on Pete’s are scarce, and look like they’re from a can. But a trip to Pete’s beats a 6.5 hour drive to New Haven.

      • NewHavenGuy

        The Pete’s guys are from just outside NH. They know it’s the oven but there’s not a modern fire code that will let them do it.

  • justaguyinnova

    hopefully Armands comes back to Arlington

  • CJ

    Waffle House!

  • NewHavenGuy

    Old Italian rule: No cheese with fish. Other than that – these guys are real from around New Haven where apizza comes out as “abeez.” Some like birch beer some like “Iron Brew from Foxon beverages, another NH treat. Next all we need is a Louie’s Lunch (invented the hamburger) and a Jimmy’s for fried clams and it would REALLY start to feel like home down here.

    • clarebare

      Fried clams…ohhhh…bringing back my childhood trips to Connect. My parents grew up in NH.

      • NewHavenGuy

        Hillhouse or Wilbur Cross?

    • Arlington, Northside

      Love Louies’ Lunch, but would like to be allowed a touch of catchup and mustard, just once. ;)

  • Rick

    maybe they could puff their chests out a little more on their website. Has anyone actually had toppings fall off a slice of pizza because the crust wasnt crispy? And doesn’t deli italiano and paisanos use grande cheese?

    • Anthony

      I think it’s a good thing that they are selling their point of difference. I guess it’s up to you to decide! Been to their other location in Ten/Fren…great pizza. Glad they are now close to home.

  • A fan this time

    Just came back from lunch at Pete’s..which for this individual, was what I had hoped Burapa Thai would be, but sadly wasn’t – a place where I could grab a quality quick bite without breaking the bank. Whether one likes or dislikes the crunchy New Haven style is a matter of personal preference – personally, I like to be able to eat a slice or two without feeling like a float in the Thanksgiving Day parade. When trying a new pizza spot, I always opt for plain cheese; if a place doesn’t get this standard right, I’m not interested in exploring any further. Pete’s did not disappoint. On the New Haven scale, with the rustic pie of Frank Pepe’s at one end and the more refined, ephemerally-crispy Bar pie at the other, I’d say Pete’s falls somewhere in the middle. No coal oven, but a nice, crispy crust with some staying power, topped with decent cheese. It’s featured as the lunch special – 2 slices and a soda for $6.00. For vegetarians out there, I note that the chick pea soup was well-flavored and nicely spiced…so much so that non-vegetarians would probably like it, too. But the surprising stand-out was the white bean and poached tuna with thyme aioli featured as part of the antipasti platter. Normally, I’m not one for legumes, but these beans were cooked perfectly! Not mushy, not hard, but still something to bite upon. The flavors were well-balanced, with the creamy beans as a counterpoint to a sweet-tartness of the remaining ingredients. Come hot August, I could have a larger portion of this with a glass of white wine and be completely happy. Whether the rest of the menu is as satisfying as the items I had, only time will tell. But I’ve seen enough so far to eagerly anticipate a return visit.

  • pizza fan

    it ain’t wooster street unless they have a coal oven

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