This deli sells a variety of fresh and imported pasta, cheese, meats and sundry Italian items. Marinated olives and artichokes and other deli treats ... More
Vace Italian Delicatessen
This deli sells a variety of fresh and imported pasta, cheese, meats and sundry Italian items. Marinated olives and artichokes and other deli treats are available by the pound. Inexpensive to moderately priced red and white wines are also for sale. Pizza lovers can stop in for a slice, order a whole pie or purchase pizza dough. All products are made fresh daily.
Vace has the BEST pizza in DC! Whether you have one slice or a whole pizza, you will always want more. This is one of the things I miss most about DC now that I no longer live there. If only the delivered to New England. :)
Best pizza and italian groceries in town -- just beating 2 Amy's & Balducci's -- but I've had it with the service. Slow & surly is a bad mix, especially during the lunch/dinner rush. Worst of all is that grumpy sour puss who has followed me from Cleveland Park to Bethesda like a bad dream!
The worst thing is, it's not rocket science:
1) Add another cashier for lunch and dinner rush hours
2) Put a pizza-only register in effect for rush hour. The only thing worse than popping in for a slice and getting stuck behind the guy ordering bread, mozzarella, sliced prosciutto, mortadella, biscotti, cheese and a sub is to the be that guy and watch 20 poor saps stuck in line behind you.
3) Raise the prices on whole pizzas 10% to pay for the above changes. As noted elsewhere, the pie is already the cheapest in town...
If you must go, try to stop in at 11am or 3pm when the shop is empty.
Food is fantastic - the meatball and sausage sub come on nice, hard italian grinder rolls and have delicious provolone cheese on them. The marinara is excellent. The pizza is the closest thing to NY pizza in DC. The frozen pesto is a must, and the cured sausages are excellent, though expensive. The frozen lasagna is a miss, with lots of that weird orange oil you'd find at crummier pizza shops.
The customer service leaves something to be desired, even with the low expecations I generally have for DC. The people behind the counter have never been friendly to me, and will often try to talk you out of getting a sausage sub because it takes ~20 minutes to fire one up. I've been in there about 15 times, including one stretch where my father and I ate there for three days straight, and they've never recognized me or even smiled at me.
There is nowhere to sit in the deli, nor is there anywhere just outside to enjoy your delicious food. My recommendation is to hoof it a few blocks south on Connecticut Avenue to the National Zoo.
pizza is great and inexpensive.
Has italian delicacies for good prices
and they have fresh italian food. tastes
good and good deal. Lavazza espresso coffee
is less here than in many places in downtown
I'm from Chicago, and have lived here all my life. Recently on a trip to Washington, my friend brought me to Vace, and I have to say that this pizza is much better than a lot of the pizza in Chicago. The service is fast, and the food is pretty inexpensive. I am used to Chicago Deep Dish (the best pizza in the world), but I will be sure to stop by Vace every time I visit Washington in the future.
The only drawback of Vace is that there is nowhere to sit down and eat, it's take out only. However, we took our pizza to the Uptown to eat it during a movie.