View Photo Gallery: This week, Tom visited Brookland pizzeria Menomale and a French newcomer in Alexandria.

For his dining column this week, Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema visited the previously restaurant-barren Brookland neighborhood to check out Neapolitan newcomer Menomale , along with a pair of similar pizzerias. For his First Bite column, he visited the Del Ray Cafe in Alexandria, where the service can be iffy but the kitchen produces some tasty dishes. Both produced some mouth watering art.