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Last Updated: 7/25/2021
Current Status: Timber Pizza is open seven days a week for pick-up and dine-in. No curbside pick-up. Breakfast is available on weekends.
Before Times Review:
First Visit: May 2019
The Washingtonian once referred to the crust at this Petworth pizza phenom as “pillowy.” That is an apt description. It does not thin completely out in the middle like Neapolitan style pies, but maintains a dry layer all the way across, with just a hint of sweetness. It has a doughy chewiness that is neither soggy nor crispy. Char from the wood-fired oven is generally light on the outer ridge, though some do get a few blackish bubbles. The thing that distinguishes Timber’s pizza is the ingredients on top of the crust. In addition to a couple classics like cheese/tomato/basil or pepperoni, there are seasonally rotating choices that put farm-fresh combinations like roasted almonds, lamb sausage and peas together. A standard and favorite (mine and others) is The Bentley with cheese, Chorizo, Soppressata, Peruvian sweet peppers and drizzled honey. Salads, also constructed by the seasons, are good if a little heavy on the dressing.
Dining is at communal tables inside and out, plus a bar at the back. Within the simple surroundings, they pack them shoulder-to-shoulder. The wait is not terribly long, even on busy nights. That may be in part because the take-out business is so strong. The service is on top of things and remains calm in the face of the swarming crowd. The beverage list is solid, with several craft brews on tap and in containers. They do breakfast that is reported to be good and are affiliated with the equally popular Call Your Mother deli a few blocks away.
There are some who claim that this is the best pizza in D.C. Best is in the eye of the beholder, but it is certainly very good and worthy of consideration. It is also worth a trip out of the way to check out.
Rating: Worth Taking a Walk
Address: 809 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Washington Post: Tom gave it 2.0 in 2017.
Washingtonian: #96 in 2020; #100 in 2019. #82 in 2017 and Cheap Eats 2018.
Lori (Been There Eaten That): She’s a fan.
Tyler: “one of the best pizzas around and a visit will not be regretted.”
Michelin: Bib Gourmand