I’m kind of weird about pizza. It has to be good. Like, good. If it’s not, don’t even bother with me. I know there’s that saying, “sex is like pizza, even when it’s bad, it’s good” but whoever coined that never knew Emily Teachout. Because… meh. So when I do discover great pizza, it’s a very exciting occasion!
One of those occasions happened just last week at Unit-D Pizzeria! And yes, don’t be gross, the D I’m talking about is still pizza, not the other thing. I got an invite to check out Manor’s new pizza joint and I jumped at the chance. This D did not disappoint!
First of all, Unit-D is adorable. It’s small, glowy, cozy, and modern. Makes sense because one of the owners is an architect. The owners’ story is adorable, too, actually. They’re a married couple who have dreamed of opening a pizzeria for years and they actually own the building Unit-D is housed in (it’s tucked in alongside Dai Due and Sugar Mama’s). Cute, right?
We were treated to a ton of food at this media dinner. Our table started with potent wood-fired olives and a little dish of lardo (love the former, the latter is never my favorite because I’m not as big into pig fat as lots of people, but it was good for what it was). Then we moved on to a very impressive cheese & charcuterie board. Unit-D is not skimping on the cheese or meat here. As an extra stroke of awesome, the flatbread and accompaniments are all made in house – the shallots were my favorite.
Our next course was roasted carrots with oil, balsamic, and tan tan spice, and also kale salad with lemon, cashew, millet, and pickled peach. Now this is something I could eat every day. If I weren’t attempting to be classy in front of everyone I was eating with, I could have devoured that whole thing myself. No regrets.
And finally… THE PIZZA. It came with housemade red chili flakes and dried oregano, which were both excellent additions to each pie. All of this was really great. I was trying to figure out my favorite, and my first inclination was the rich, ultra-umami Mushroom (white sauce, portobello, cauliflower, porcini powder, fontina truffle, and sherry vinegar).
But then I feel like I’m betraying the bright, vibrant Greens (garlic, stracciatella, arugula, parmesan, lemon, and truffle).
Also though… the spicy and meaty Sausage (tomato, lamb, fennel, mozzarella, fontina, pecorino, and dill).
And of course, for those who like to keep it classic and fresh, the Tomato (tomato, cherry tomato, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan) is the perfect go-to.
So I guess just order all of them when you go, I don’t know what else to tell you. Here’s the menu. Make sure to get some wine to go with your meal though; Unit-D is committed to biodynamic and sustainable practices in their beer and wine list. We enjoyed paired wines with each course and every single one was absolutely excellent.
Unit-D is in one of my favorite areas at 2406 Manor Ave, and opens at 5pm every day besides Tuesdays, when they are closed. They also have a great looking happy hour which I’m sure I will be frequenting – $5 wine by the glass! – 5:00-6:30 on weekdays.
So in conclusion, yes, this is good pizza.