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Haven Pizzeria Napoletana


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Had the opportunity to have lunch at Haven pizzeria last Saturday in Bethesda http://www.havenpizzeria.com/

The place has been getting a lot of buzz lately in the local media. Here are a couple of examples:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/value-added-accountants-love-of-pizza-causes-him-to-toss-some-dough/2012/04/29/gIQAFSWGqT_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/restaurants/haven,1229815/critic-review.html

From my experience, the buzz is justified. Everything we had was very good, fresh, and made with excellent ingredients. The mozzarella on the caprese salad and the tomato pie was great, the sausage on the pie was flavorful and had a nice shot of fennel. The clam pie was terrific, good olive oil, wonderful clams, lots of garlic. The pizza crusts are thin and crisp with a beautiful smoky char.

Staff was friendly, they gave the wife a tour of the back of the ovens where they load the coal. Only thing we didn't try was the gelato, but they have a very fancy gelato maker.

So, they seem to be obsessed in a good way with quality equipment and ingredients.

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We were having an early lunch before the return drive to Annapolis, so we didn't peruse the wine list, sorry. If the same care that went into the food preparation continues with the wine there should be some nice choices.

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