Matchbox Chinatown

Address: 713 H St. NW

Pizza in Chinatown? Well, D.C.'s Chinatown is more like one, two streets, max. Nestled in "Chinatown" is Matchbox. At the entrance, you're greeted by flames above the front archway. The restaurant is open and airy but currently under construction. Nevertheless, the food that awaits will be calling your name.

I went with the pizza over the mini sliders; I ordered the veggie. The thin crust pizza was flavorful and hearty. It came topped with crimini mushrooms, Spanish onions, roasted poblano peppers, roasted garlic, mozzarella, fresh herbs, and small fingerling potato crisps. The roasted garlic was delectable, never overpowering the other ingredients. The garnish of fingerling potato crisps provided a salty kick, while the outer crust was crunchy and slightly burnt (a fact of the brick-oven pizza experience).

Offering a variety of funky fusion pies, there is no doubt that you'll be able to find the right one to satisfy your craving. Refreshingly different from New York pizza, Matchbox was certainly a gratifying change.