travel, hike, eat. repeat.

my adventures are often on a budget… and always clumsy.

Vace is for lovers

Zander introduced me to Vace, the Cleveland Park (and Bethesda) Italian delicatessen and market, mere weeks into our burgeoning relationship. He didn’t know it then, but with that innocuous move, my heart was his. I’m half-Italian by birthright and 100% by taste buds: Prosecco, prosciutto, pizza – vi amo!

On our (first) date night at Vace, we perused the small shop’s large selection of house made sausage and pasta, marinara, olive oils and deli meats for ingredients to make homemade pizza. Our pizza was divine, but at $40, a splurge on only the best ingredients (goat cheese, mmmm!). Since then, we/I frequent it for my frequent pizza cravings.

In addition to deli items, they sell pizza by the slice and pie and sub sandwiches. A large (and it’s BIG at 16″!) three topping runs us about $16 and is hands down my favorite pizza in D.C. Beware – they’re light on the cheese and layer the sauce on top. It’s a style I’d never had before but that has won me over. It’s thin…ish crust. Simply put – it’s heaven. The sandwiches stand on their own, as well – for $5.25, the 8″ Italian hoagie can’t be beat. As a side note – they don’t have tables, this is a takeout restaurant/market.

Vace is 300 square feet of Italy, down to the Italian owners whose accents alone make me say, “Extra mozzarella, please” while fingertip kissing the air.

3315 Connecticut Ave NW

Zan’s and my first homemade pizza – with Vace dough, sausage, pepperoni, sauce and fresh mozzarella and goat cheeses.

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