Lately, it’s been hard to keep up with the restaurant scene in D.C. Every week a new restaurant concept is announced, a new establishment celebrates its opening and another announces its closing. So when a deli can claim to have served Washingtonians since 1976, it’s obviously doing something right.
Vace Italian Deli does a lot of things right. Its freezers are stuffed with delicious ready-made fresh meals like pasta, lasagnas or agnolotti. Its shelves are an Italian expat’s dream, stocked full of fresh and often hard-to-find Italian produce. You can buy everything you need to make an amazing pizza at home there: mozzarella that’s made in-house, tomato sauce, pizza crust. You can also buy already cooked pizza, by the slice or by the pie. It’s one of the best and cheapest thin-crust pizza in the city (less than $ 2 for a slice, less than $ 10 for a pie). The deli is also a big hit. There’s no room to eat in the store though.
There’s only two things that could make me love Vace more than I do now. One, if it were closer to my neighbourhood, since I don’t venture out to Cleveland Park very often. Two, if it had a French equivalent somewhere in town ;-).