Great news - after a few short delays, Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria on Georgia Avenue is on track to open to the public this Friday. Even better news (for me) - I got an unexpected sneak peak/taste of their pizza this evening. As my wife and I stood outside their door being nosy we were motioned to come inside, where we were asked if we wanted to try their pizza. Um, yes, please.
Pizza: I can only speak to the mozzarella pizza (pictured, with bite), but it was quite tasty. I eat pizza frequently - some might say a bit too frequently - and as previously documented on this blog, my favorite style of pie is Neapolitan, which makes the opening of a Silver Spring pizzeria with this specialty even more fantastic. Some might even consider its arrival a miracle.
The pizza's crust was excellent, as was the mozzarella, produced on the premises. I'd love to give a more thorough review, but restaurant reviews aren't really my specialty. Suffice it to say, it was good pizza. What's also nice is they can crank their pies out pretty quickly - the pizza only required a minute or two in their oven to cook fully.
Interior: This was still a work in progress, but I got a pretty decent preview of what it will look like. There's a long bar that begins by the front entrance, mirrored by additional bar-style seating facing the windows. There is table seating in the back of the restaurant, and this will be supplemented with outdoor patio seating during the warmer months. I'm sure plenty of shots of the completed interior will be available on the Internets by Friday.
Drive-Thru: To me, this was the most intriguing aspect of Pacci's. In fact, curiosity about this is what precipitated my visit this evening. I walked over there to try and determine the logistics behind this part of the operation. How does a pizza drive-through work? Would there actually be a window at which you'd order and collect your pizza? You'd think such a thing would be impossible, but this is America dammit, so of course this has already been done. (Those dual-wield pizza cutter guys are modern-day ninjas.)
Pacci's drive-thru isn't going to operate quite like this, however. What you'll do is order your pizza ahead of time over the phone or via their website, then pull up to the side door (pictured above), where you will be brought your food and, our MoCo Liquor overlords permitting, your wine or beer.
Delivery: This is also something I was quite interested in. For me pizza, while tasty, is a lazy food which I can have brought directly to my doorstep for a nominal charge. Right now, pizza delivery options in downtown Silver Spring and surrounding environs are somewhat lacking. By my account, the current delivery options include Domino's, Flippin' Pizza, Manny & Olga's, Pizza Hut, Mamma Lucia's (I think) and zPizza. Some of these pizzas are clearly better than others, but none of them are particularly appealing to me at this point. So will Pacci's be delivering to my house anytime soon? Sadly, no, but those of you who are fortunate to live a little closer to Pacci's may shortly be in luck. In about sixty days or so they plan to begin delivery service, but only within a small radius of the restaurant.
Maybe I'll just need to move.
UPDATE: Oh, one other thing I should mention - Pacci's will also be open for breakfast, offering fresh baked croissants and other breakfast-y things to go along with your espresso drinks.
Special thanks to Spiro and the Pacci's staff, who saved me from a healthy dinner comprised of grilled chicken and vegetables.