Custom Fuel vs. &pizza: Comparing D.C.’s build-your-own-pizza players

August 20, 2013

This post has been updated.


&pizza, left, has a vertical advantage on Custom Fuel. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

Who will become D.C.'s Chipotle of pizza? A new competitor has just entered the ring. Custom Fuel is now open at 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. It's an offshoot of the North Carolina-based, gas station-themed pizza chain Fuel, which opened its first D.C. location in 2012.

Custom Fuel offers 55 toppings and three different crusts, which are baked in a matter of minutes. It's the same concept as the local &pizza, which has locations on H and U streets offering similarly myriad toppings. We sampled both to see how they stack up:

A previous version of this post said a third &pizza location was planned for Logan Circle. The chain's third location will open in Brookland

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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