cava mezze opens in clarendon.

Cava Mezze, a Greek restaurant with locations in Rockville and Capitol Hill… has now opened up in Clarendon!  I could not be more delighted.  As a half-Greek, I cannot get enough of the cuisine! First of all, I will say that my mother makes the best Greek food that I know.  However, my friend Amy (another serious foodie) and I SO enjoyed our experience at Cava Mezze!

Some starters were brought to us, and we devoured the olives immediately (as shown in the photo).  We also ordered some drinks.  Amy was excited to get a Strongbow, and I ordered a Blood Orange Mimosa.  I think that ever since I tried the Blood Orange Sorbet at Café Atlántico, I have been hooked on everything blood orange.

Starters & My Blood Orange Mimosa

Greek mezze is just like Spanish tapas… it is all small plates.  I love it.  We ordered the Crazy Feta, Sautéed Zucchini, Opa Opa Shrimp, and Lamb!

Crazy Feta (Dodonis Feta / Whipped Jalapeño)

Sautéed Zucchini

Opa Opa Shrimp (Sautéed Shrimp/Dill/Cream/Tomatoes/Ouzo for the OPA OPA)

Lamb

My maiden name is Lamb, and even though I’m Greek, it has only been recently that I’ve felt okay about eating lamb (sometimes eating it almost seems like cannibalism!).   I truly enjoy it though, and this dish was absolutely delicious.  In fact, all of the mezze we ordered proved to be really wonderful.  Each dish contained just a little spice, and we loved it all.

The wait staff was also lovely.  Our waiter complimented Amy and I, and told us that our eating pace was right on.  I guess some people speed through, while others pick at their food… who knows!  Anyway, Cava Mezze is the kind of place that distracts you from your conversation.  We couldn’t help but pause at different points and exclaim about what we were eating… the food was just that good.  We’ll definitely be returning so that we can try out more mezze!

pete’s new haven style apizza.

I just wanted to quickly post about our visit to Pete’s last weekend.  It was a somewhat spur-of-the-moment lunch decision, but we wanted to go because it’s right nearby in Clarendon, we had never been before, and we had heard about it’s former Top 100 status.

It turns out New Haven style pizza (“apizza”) is very different and fascinating.  You can read about it on their website here.  Pete’s itself was pretty clean and modern, but I must admit that the pizza did not look like it was going to be very appealing.

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza & a Sorbillo

I ended up really enjoying my veggie slice though, and Chris liked his sausage slice too.  As advertised, the pizza did taste somewhat burnt on the outside, but then was also soft on the inside… kind of strange.  I don’t think there was actual truffle extract involved in my veggie slice (the mushrooms must have just been very nicely sautéed), but it seemed like it was there as I ate.  In my opinion, the more mushroom flavor, the better!  So thumbs up for that.

We also split their Original Sorbillo (“A rectangular shaped pizza filled with Salumi, ricotta, mozzarella”).  Yum.

We liked Pete’s, but I don’t know if we’ll go there again.  New Haven Style Apizza was intriguing, but just wasn’t exciting enough to give us many more cravings for the future.