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Massachusetts-born pizza company Oath Pizza recently broke ground on a new location in Navy Yard, its second D.C.-area venture in recent months. A Fairfax location debuted in October, and the company expects the D.C. proper location to launch in early 2018.
Oath CEO Patrik Hellstrand recognizes that the fast-casual pizza scene is steadily growing and says Oath stands out because its thin-crust pizzas are made with certified humane ingredients. The crust is hand-stretched, grilled, and seared in avocado oil, and all its ingredients are “sustainable and ethically sourced,” and lack hormones and preservatives.
Much of the menu will be akin to Oath’s other locations but Hellstrand says they’re working on Navy Yard-specific pies too. “We try to always take the local influence wherever we go,” he says. To add more local flavor, the pizza shop will also have a mural inspired by the neighborhood.
Sample pizzas from other Oath locations include the “Luau” with mozzarella, BBQ pulled pork, pineapple, crushed red pepper, BBQ sauce, and scallions, as well as the “Spicy Mother Clucker” with mozzarella, pickled red onions, spiced chicken, Sriracha, spicy aioli, and scallions.
Prices will remain consistent with its other locations, with half a cheese pizza available for $6 and a whole pie available for $8. The “highly decorated” options are $7 for half pie and $11 for a whole pie.
Hellstrand says he picked the D.C. area for their first stores outside Massachusetts because Washingtonians seem to care about where their food comes from and are passionate eaters.
Oath “isn’t trying to say that it’s better than traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, which can’t really be improved upon because it’s amazing,” Hellstrand says. “If we have a crust that’s so different it doesn’t really compare, then we have an ability to make a different pizza that’s fun and unique.”
Oath Pizza, 110 M St. SE