Someone pointed out that it’d been a while since I’d done a restaurant review. So true. Ever since I upgraded my camera, I’ve focused mainly on recipes, allowing me to play with the camera settings, lighting, styling, etc. Plus, I felt a bit awkward about breaking out my large, clunky new equipment in a public setting. It’s not at all discreet and I don’t relish unnerving the wait staff and other diners by snapping photos at the table. But, in this case, it simply had to be done.
We met on a chilly, rainy Friday evening at about 7:30pm. This was not the smartest move as 2 Amy’s doesn’t take reservations and already had a 45 minute wait time with very little room inside to wait at the bar (forget about ordering a drink!). Here’s where I’ll say that I’ve slowly come to understand the appeal of “early bird” dining. No, I’m not 70 years old, but if you can muster the courage and appetite to dine at 6pm or even as late as 6:30pm (whoa!) you greatly increase your chance of getting premium seating and service at even the busiest restaurants in D.C.- even without a reservation! My fiancé and I are all about early bird dining, especially on weekends and holidays when restaurants are likely to be packed. This particular Friday, however, we didn’t get the timing quite right.
An hour later and our tummies were growling. I was getting very thirsty for a beer and tired of shouting over the noise at the bar. An hour and 20 minutes later we were finally seated, thank goodness!
We started with a few beers.
Ah, much better.
Then we moved on to an order of arancini. If you’ve never tasted arancini before, here’s what you’re missing.
Fried goodness. Deep fried rice balls to be more precise. Coated in bread crumbs and stuffed with ooey gooey cheese.
Get a load of that.
You’re going to want to try these immediately.
Next, we ordered pizzas. I ordered the authentic Neopolitan margherita.
Check out that beautiful crust. Pillow-soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
We loved it! In the end, we had a fabulous time- the food was tasty and the service was attentive. Although the pizza was delicious, I’m not sure any meal is worth is an hour and 20 min wait. I would advise going earlier or later on a weekend night or stick with week nights. If you’re in the area, definitely give 2 Amy’s a try. Delicious pizza, friendly environment, and a killer beer list.
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