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To celebrate their fifth anniversary, &pizza is giving away freebies to the first 200 guests at each of their stores today. And to show the OG &pizza some special love, the H Street NE location will be bringing back the cult-favorite bacon cheeseburger pizza for one day only. (Image: Courtesy &pizza)

Celebrate &pizza's 5th birthday with freebies and bacon cheeseburger pizza

Today, &pizza celebrates their fifth anniversary since they opened the inaugural store on H Street, where "experience" was the focal point and the store was designed to celebrate the neighborhood's culture. I have been a fan of &pizza since day one and can hardly even remember the pre-2012 dark days where Chipotle-esque pizza (a.k.a build-your-own) was available across the District. What I do remember is calling the U Street location during a snowstorm and begging, pleading and bribing them to deliver a box to my door, and being politely told that &pizza did not do deliveries -- thank goodness that has changed!

“We are who we are entirely because of the D.C. community’s love and support,” says CEO, Co-founder and Creative Director, Michael Lastoria in a press release. “It’s been a wild and incredible journey going from H Street NE in DC to opening on 28th Street and Broadway in NYC last month. Today is not only a celebration of the years, it’s a day for us to show our appreciation for the loyal guests and dedicated Tribe who inspire us to go all in and serve up amazing experiences every single day.”

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, &pizza has a few goodies to share with its loyal fans. Today only (July 13), the OG &pizza location on H Street NE will be bringing back their cult-favorite bacon cheeseburger pizza for $9.55. The pie is one of &pizza's most popular limited edition offerings from the brand in its five year history, featuring romesco sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, ground beef, bacon, cherry tomatoes, pickles, romaine lettuce, crunchy potato sticks and a spicy ketchup drizzle. Be prepared to get messy when diving into this tasty treat!

All DMV locations (along with the Philly area stores) will randomly give away prizes to the first 200 customers per store, because who doesn't love free pizza or free craft sodas?! &pizza will also release the first ever newspaper-style Art Catalogue documenting all of the local designs to have graced their walls in the last five years. Remember local artist CHELOVE's gorgeous black, white and gold-accented mural in the Chinatown store and the custom line of sneakers designed by 15 D.C.-based artists, from Kelly Towles to MasPaz, that are displayed in the store?

"Architects, designers, graffiti artists, illustrators and muralists have all been a part of the ever-growing Little Giants family - pushing the boundaries of black and white design to ultimately re-imagine the pizza shop," according to the brand's press release. "This catalogue is a collection of the work that reflects the first five years of the brand’s uniquely expressed vision and will be available for free in shops in the coming weeks."

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