From Alejandra Owens.Â You can find Owens at her food blog,Â One Bite At A Time. Owens also writes forÂ City Eats DC,Â a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow herÂ on Twitter atÂ @frijolita.
FourteenthÂ Streetâs restaurant scene continues to grow at the rate of a protein hungry teenager, and the latest addition to restaurant row is local power-house and crowd-pleaser, Matchbox.
Long known for their Chinatown and Capitol Hill locations, the pizzeria fired up their brick ovens last week for a test run with friends, family and media. I donât think weâll be hearing any challenges for best pizza in town from this crew, but the location, robust menu and truly beautiful space is a welcome addition to an area thatâs well known for smaller restaurants or restaurants appreciated by those with âfancyâ pallets and deep pockets.
The three-story building’s brick facade was preserved and the interior was built out to compliment the building’s rustic feel. Tree stump stools, exposed wood staircases and wrought iron accents can be found throughout. On the first floor, a 25 foot bar is situated along the northern wall, leading patrons to a pizza bar that overlooks Matchbox’s famous brick ovens, of which there are two. Two floating wood boxes, located on the second level, offer a more private dining experience with impressive views of the rest of the restaurant. A to-go station and large patio will both open soon as well.
The mozzi carrozzi (a lightly fried basil, tomato, mozzarella sandwich), spicy meatball pizza and roasted tomato linguini at my table were all great and just begging for a big âol table of friends to dive right in.
And thatâs the thing, if thereâs one thing the latest Matchbox location will be good for itâs large groups, visiting family and brunches. According to the Matchbox site, brunch is slated to begin December 8Â at 10am every weekend.
Stay tuned for more updates on Matchbox and its pop-tart wielding cousin, Tedâs Bulletin, which is also opening along 14thÂ Street in the coming months.Â Matchbox can be found atÂ 1901 T Street NW, on the corner of 14th and T Streets NW.