So once upon a time there was this rooster, Roscoe, who used to patrol downtown Takoma and bring joy to all the residents (I like to envision him doling out lollipops and prancing alot). This was before my time here, but I know about Roscoe because he is immortalized in cast iron in the middle of the farmers market square.
Not unrelated to this story, there are a whopping 2 (two!) sit down restaurants in downtown Takoma. All these hungry hippies! With toddlers! And only these two lovely, quaint, chronically overcrowded establishments. Who will rescue us? Who else but…
Roscoe! He has returned like Clark Kent naked in a corn field. Apparently he was in Italy! Learning how to make delicious pizza and pour copious amounts of fruity olive oil over everything he sees. Ros-man, you’ve got my number.
I’ve been antsy and curious since Roscoe’s Pizzeria opened 2 weeks ago (something about the elusive website), and finally got to try it out last night with my hunky boyfriend.
The vibe inside is very pleasant and modern, but still cozy so that it doesn’t evoke sterile memories of restaurants past. While they are still waiting for their liquor license (I suavely asked, “Do you have alcohol?”), there is a beautiful wooden bar that promises many future microbrews– hey, a girl can dream.
We started with the arugula and parmesan crostini, which came out on perfectly crispy toast and smothered with a really flavorful, fruity green olive oil. I refrained from licking the plate.
So, the pizza. Don’t ask me if it’s as good as 2 Amy’s. Nothing is as good as 2 Amy’s, at least not on this side of the Atlantic without a waiter hitting on you with free shots of limoncello. But Roscoe’s pizza is very good: fresh, quality ingredients, crusty dough (though I could use a few more burnt bubbles), and a good-sized portion that leaves you full but still with some room for ice cream across the street, or tiramisu from the kitchen.
Very friendly, obliging wait staff, low-lit ambiance, and pizza good enough for a self-proclaimed pizza snob. Verdict: definitely a great 50% increase to the Takoma restaurant count!
7040 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912