Sette Osteria


Sette Osteria

1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington 20009


Saturday marked my third or fourth visit to Sette–but the first time I ordered a pizza. I was told by a reliable source that there are only a handful of certified Neapolitan pizzerias in the city and Sette is among them. Also among them are Pizza Paradiso and 2 Amy’s.

So what is Neapolitan pizza?–I am not entirely sure. I know it involves a wood-burning oven and the colors of the Italian flag (red-tomato, white-cheese, and green-basil). But back to the nitty-gritty–Sette’s Pizza.

I ordered my typical–four-cheese pizza and marinara sauce on the side. The pizza arrived covered in gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella, pecorina campano, and grana. I expected such an outrageous use of strong cheeses to be too overwhelming on one pizza, but to my surprise the combination was nothing less than incredible. But let’s put aside the cheese for a moment and talk about the crust. The crust was hands down the best I have ever eaten. It was crunchy on the outside with a moist, almost egg-y quality, on the inside. In places where the crust was thin it had bubbled up in the heat of the oven (but wasn’t burnt on the bottom like Pizzeria Paradiso). Imagine the innards of a french cruller–this was the texture of the bubbled dough. The pizza by itself was incredible but before finishing the review, I had to dip the crust in the marinara. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was that I tasted in the sauce. I had to dip several times–not because I liked the sauce, because frankly I didn’t, but because I was trying to figure out if there was a dairy product in the marinara. For my tastes, the marinara was bland, but it had an odd creamy quality that I couldn’t put my finger on. I asked my wait-person and she asked the chef. The chef came to my table to explain the ingredients. In a strong Italian accent, the chef proceeded to tell me that it wasn’t cream but carrots, onions, and basil that I tasted. He said that the Neapolitan spices were much more subtle than the American (bastardized) version of marinara. Well…I am on a quest to find the “best pizza Americana”–and Sette is very, very close to the best…sans the marinara. The marinara is just too Italian I guess.


Exxon-Mobile: Evironmentally evil empire (EEE)

Tonight I will put up two posts, this one, encouraging you to read the sierra club article rating oil companies and another on the pizza at Sette Osteria. The reason for the prologue is, while having a lunch at Sette by myself, I overheard another table talking about the billions of dollars that Exxon made this year and some of the atrocities committed by the company. I love this city! I had to intrude on their conversation. Only a week or two ago my friend and colleague Soumya sent me an article posted by the Sierra club rating Exxon-Mobile as one of the leading environmental and social offenders. Unfortunately, we are so dependent upon oil that if it were to run out tomorrow we would be faced with utter chaos. In fact, it would be the greatest national disaster of all time. Given that we now measure fossil fuel in DECADES, we, as a nation, should be very, very concerned. But until the gas-guzzling cars are permanently parked, perhaps we could at least choose to fuel our car through an oil company where the executives make a few responsible choices and a few less egregious assaults on the environment–the lesser of the evils, if you will.

Ahhh…Wonderous Juice

At the end of November, pre-compact days, I splurged and purchased a juicer on Ebay. I diligently researched and found a super powerful juicer; one that will eat carrots in one bite, shred beets and expel the ruby liquid in mere seconds! And the purchase could not have been a better one. I love this beast of a juicer.

Since that fateful day of delivery, Josh-wa and I have been experimenting with a number of different juices. The results of our experimentation has led us to discover that juicing more than 3 or 4 vegetables and fruits creates an indecipherable medley of flavors, or worse, a hodgepodge of clashing flavors. We have also discovered that green apples make every other fruit or vegetable taste better. Take for example Josh-wa’s favorite: asparagus, celery, and green apples. You can literally smell the green. This is a wonderful diuretic because of the asparagus and celery and the apple gives the juice a nice sweet zing at the finish. I can not imagine what this would taste like without the apple.

My favorite isn’t much different from the aspara-cel-apple: green apple and celery. This is similar to eating a salted apple. The celery adds saltiness and the green apple adds mouth pucker.

Pictured is a beet, apple, and navel orange combo. The flavor is sweet with an earthy nose. The beet, however, does scary things to one’s excrement. Be aware that sipping on this concoction leads to purple poop within a day.

Don’t forget to add the pulp to your composting pile!

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