Washington, D.C. is known for more than a few things: a political epicenter, the incessant tourists, historical museums, and… a hotbed of fast casuals. Because, while the nation’s capital might be stereotyped for being home to traditionalists and older generations, young professionals are flooding the scene.
D.C.’s dining culture is an emerging one, and in just the past five years, a slew of new concepts have opened up — and the fast-casual sector is no exception. Sweetgreen and Cava are two that first come to mind, but note that D.C. is also homebase to the first Nando’s PERi-PERi (on U.S. soil, at least), Chipotle’s southeast Asian concept ShopHouse, and Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery, to name a few.
As the fast-casual pizza segment rises, so too does the competition. &pizza is one of the top contenders in the Nation’s Capital, and Foodable WebTV recently got a chance to visit the concept and sit down with founder and serial entrepreneur, Michael Lastoria. With a background of building brands, &pizza is Lastoria’s first restaurant venture and he brings to it fresh eyes and new ideas, like creating a proprietary line of craft sodas to pair with the build-your-own pizza. Click on the button below to view the full episode to find out how &pizza is serving up a fresh slice of innovation.