Gordon Ramsay brings bottomless pizza to DC. Photo Courtesy of Gordon Ramsay North America
The British are coming! And they bring… pizza without crust? Yes, that’s a new plan for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who will open the first-ever US Street Pizza branch in Penn Quarter this winter. The all-you-can-eat slice joint currently claims four locations in London and will next open at 501 Seventh Street, Northwest, taking over what was originally planned as a Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. A smashing Wharf location of Ramsay’s reality cooking show-inspired restaurant Hell’s Kitchen is also set to open later this year.
Ramsay says via email that he came up with Street Pizza in 2018 when he wanted a concept that’s “delicious, fun, and full of energy” — all centered around endless thin-crust slices, cocktails, beers, and wallet-friendly wines. Toppings range from classic pepperoni and wild mushrooms to contemporary British combos like charred eggplant with garlic pesto or corn-and-chorizo. Ramsay says his team in North America is working on items exclusive to Washington, and that “may or may not have pineapple involved!”
Prices are still being worked out for DC. Bottomless slices in London go for the equivalent of $20-ish dollars per person. Customers can add à la carte dishes such as Caesar salads, tiramisu or seasonal soft serve ice cream, plus a variety of drinks from the bar. Formerly the Bakers and Baristas cafe, the space is being redesigned to look like a European pizzeria with an open kitchen and large communal dining table.
Just because the concept is bottomless doesn’t mean it’s an eating contest.
“We never count the slices in London,” Ramsay says. “Usually guests have a great time with friends and family and honestlyorget how much they have consumed.” How European! The celebrity chef says he can usually take two to three slices, “but sometimes I can do 4 after a really long run or bike.”
That begs the question: Has Ramsay tasted DC’s OG street pizza, the Jumbo Slice?
“I haven’t, but if we open Street Pizza, believe me, I’ll have to do some research and development!”
Street pizza. 501 Seventh St., NW.