Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lunch Liaisons: District of Pi

(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as cloak-and-dagger as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme).  

There always have been, and there will continue to be, strong opinions about Chicago deep dish. Lou Malnati's is my personal favorite, and that opinion was recently confirmed on our trip to Chicago and the North Shore. That visit also gave me the opportunity to properly judge our first visit to District of Pi, a St. Louis transplant serving Chicago deep dish, relatively new to Penn Quarter in DC. Yeah, I don't know about that either. What I do know is that the pie is not bad, and I'm impressed by the salad selections, cavernous space, and whimsy decor as well. We noshed on a basic sausage deep dish variety (District of Pi offers a plethora of thin-crust versions as well). The sausage was lean and well-seasoned, the cheese thick, and the tomato sauce was fresh, rich, and flavorful, perhaps more so than some of the Midwestern versions. My only observation in distinguishing the Pi version as unauthentic might be that the reduced grease content of this pie. Not that I am complaining about that difference.

Deep dish - it's a beautiful thing!

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