Big Bear Cafe Is Serving Some of D.C.’s Best Pizza


In the basement of Bloomingdale’s beloved coffee shop Big Bear Cafe now stands a wood-fired oven made from French clay bricks that can fit five pies at a time. That’s where you’ll find Chef Robbie Tutlewski topping 14-inch pizzas with pickled fresno chilies, arugula, hand-pulled mozzarella, fresh ricotta, parmigiano reggiano, shaved pecorino romano, and honey hot enough to have you reaching for a glass of wine to put out the fire.

Tutlewski didn’t expect to sell out on this particular Thursday, but he did. Despite manning a busy oven, the chef found time to run up to the fire-lit patio

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