We first wrote about District of Pi last April when we tried the mobile version, Pi on Wheels. We were impressed by the deep dish pizza from the truck and eagerly anticipating the opening of the restaurant in Penn Quarter.
Second Thoughts from B
I remember fondly the days of Domino's Pizza, 2-liter bottles of Coke, and a brand new Nintendo system. I'm talking about the old school 8-bit NES. Duck Hunt, Legend of Zelda, Mike Tyson's Punchout, and of course, Super Mario Bros. I'm sure other generations have equally fond memories of the early Atari games or the next generation of Nintendo that had controllers with so many buttons it looked like something from NASA.
Regardless, there's something child-like about pizza and soda. Being the "kids" that we are, J and I occasionally crave the food that fueled all of those 11 year olds in sleeping bags who played video games until 3am (sorry to all those parents who endured sleepless nights - but seriously, what were you thinking when you agreed to host such a party?).
District of Pi was able to recreate those happy memories. Let me be clear, this is not to say their pizza is Domino's-like. Rather, the energy in the room (it was filled with hoards of teenage tourists), along with the familiar and comforting flavors were exactly what we needed. The brick walls and open spaces may have easily reminded me of Chicago but the deep dish pizza did not. It wasn't something that will make a city famous, inspire cookbooks, or cause culinary experts to fawn over. It was, however, filled with happy memories, and on this night, that was exactly what the Dr. (Mario?) ordered.