We've been pining for RedRocks Pizzeria to bring their terrific Neapolitan style pizzas to H Street for a couple years now. Their team looked at a handful of H Street locations -- and was a finalist to fill the space that will soon become Maketto -- before finding the perfect spot at 1348 H Street. The building is double wide, recently renovated, and boasts an open skylight retractable roof as well as front open façade. After various delays, RedRocks H Street will open once they've finished training staff, and you're going to want to check the place out early and often.
|1st floor booths, center bar with 20 taps and flat screen TVs|
RedRocks already has a few locations around the DC area, but plans to treat H Street as its flagship. The H Street location will be the group's largest and will feature executive chef Angel Mendoza who has overseen the menu at their other locations, 18 beers and two wines on tap, three levels of food and drink, and an outdoor roof deck with an indoor-outdoor bar and Capitol views.
|View from the roof deck include the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Capitol|
A recent tour of the space reveals a large and attractive environment, featuring a good deal of exposed brick, high ceilings, and abundant natural light. The roof is all glass and retractable and is the largest of its kind on the East Coast and the management team hopes to keep it open most of the time. The large space is one of several features that are likely to be received as family friendly in a neighborhood that increasingly boasts a large number of families with young children. RedRocks H Street also has a large private dining room with a full bar and additional pizza oven, which will make it easy to accommodate large private parties. It feels spacious and bright, but they've managed to maintain a comfortable ambiance.
|2nd floor dining room has ample space and natural light|
|Retractable roof is huge, welcomes tons of light and will be open as much as possible|
Co-owners Doug Baj and James O'Brien have installed neighborhood resident Ken Fulkroad as general manager. RedRocks will be open daily, offering lunch and dinner with brunch coming soon (yes, there will be bottomless mimosas). Brick ovens are located on the first and second floors and will continue churning out fresh pies for late night dining. Reservations are certainly not required, but can be made via their website through City Eats. Look for them to open quietly and to welcome neighbors in for brick oven fired pizzas before the end of next week.
|Co-owner James O'Brien & neighborhood resident GM Kenneth Fulkroad in front of the roof deck's indoor/outdoor bar which features 20 taps|