Matchbox, A Favorite

by Valerie on April 9, 2009 · 8 comments

Matchbox is one of my favorite restaurants in Washington – I usually go to the location at Gallery Place, but there is also one on Capitol Hill. The sliders are delicious and easily a must-get appetizers, but I especially love their brick-oven pizza, which is wonderfully thin-crusted. Be sure to get your pizza with their fresh mozarella as it really does make the pizza amazing.

One thing about Matchbox is that it is *insanely* crowded all the time. I have found that going at off-times (like a 3pm lunch on a Saturday) greatly increases the odds of getting a table with a very short wait, but even that is not guaranteed. Still, if you are willing to wait a bit, the food is delicious.

Pizza at Matchbox, Washington, DC

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1 Noodlegirl April 9, 2009 at 2:52 am

oh it does look good!!!!


2 Carolyn April 9, 2009 at 4:05 am

I totally went there on my last trip to D.C.! I think i had the crab cake sandwich, but my friend and i DEF. shared the sliders. Delish!!

P.S. On my next trip, we must get together and feast :-) And get those waffles!!


3 Ivy April 9, 2009 at 4:44 am

Sounds like a great restaurant to visit and would love a slice of that pizza.


4 City Girl DC April 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

I totally agree! I purposely figure out off times like exactly 5:00 before everybody gets off work to avoid the wait. Another option is getting your pizza to go and taking it over to Rocket Bar to watch a game since they don’t serve food and allow you to bring yours in.


5 South of Rome April 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Hey, how fun that I found your blog through My Bella Vita– We are moving to DC this summer from Naples. I can’t wait to get to eating. I told my husband I want to live between an Indian and Thai restaurant with a bagel shop across the way. I love Italian food, but I’m ready to go global đŸ˜‰


6 The Curator April 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Oooh, I’ve never been there – it looks really good! *adds to list of places I must go to when I visit DC*


7 City Girl April 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Noodlegirl – SO good.

Carolyn – absolutely!

Ivy – it’s most excellent.

City Girl DC – will definitely remember the tip about Rocket Bar.

South of Rome – if you live in Adams Morgan you could totally have that exact setup!

The Curator – Matchbox is totally worth a visit though you seem to have better pizza places in Baltimore in general, whereas Matchbox is one of the very few places in DC I can get good pizza.


8 Dianne April 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Until last year I lived in DC and LOVED this place . . . you are right, though – soooo crowded! but worth the wait.

as for pizza, though, have you tried Vace’s in Cleveland Park? It is actually not a restaurant but more of a grocery store that sells pizza, either by the slice or whole pies. anyway, i think it is the best in DC!


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