Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

November 28, 2008 11:52 AM

Restaurant: Homemade Pizza Company

Homemade Pizza Company

4857 Massachusetts Avenue
Spring Valley Shopping Center (Next to Wagshall's Deli)
Spring Valley,DC

13300 Franklin Farm Road., Herndon, VA 571-203-9898 www.homemadepizza.com
In the ordinary course, you order a pizza to go and pick it up, or you order it to be delivered. In either case, it is some time between the time it is cooked and the time you dig into it.

Homemade Pizza guarantees freshly cooked and hot-out-of-the-oven pizza every time. Homemade Pizza sells its pizzas uncooked.

You can call in and it will be ready for you in 15-20 minutes, or you can go directly to their location, place your order, and knock around for 15-20 minutes. (At the Spring Valley location, you can shop at Wagshall's or the CVS.)

First you select the regular crust or a whole wheat crust. It is then topped with HomeMade tomato sauce, an olive oil glaze, or fresh pesto and Wisconsin mozzarella.

Then you add a variety of ingredients which are available online, from a pamphlet that is readily available, or on the wall.

I selected barbecue chicken, caramelized onions and mushrooms.

It is then packaged in a clear plastic wrap that is tented and loose so it does not touch the pizza.

Cooking directions come with each pizza, but basically you pre-heat your oven to 425, and cook the pizza for about 15 minutes.

There is one other clever touch which aids cooking. The pizza comes on a form of parchment which is folded at the edges, and then it is placed on a cardboard which keeps the package firm.

When you are ready to cook it, you fold out the parchment and slide it off the cardboard and on to the middle rack of the oven. Because the parchment is larger than the pie, nothing leaks onto the bottom of your oven. When it is finished, you easily slide the cardboard back under the parchment and take it from the oven.

You can also select a variety of excellent salads, big cookies, and excellent ice cream.

You can pick up the pizza or have it delivered for an additional charge. The hours are 3-9 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, and 1-9 p.m., Friday thru Sunday.

There are HomeMade Pizza stores in several states. The locations are available on the internet.

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