Federal Pizza: Wood-Fired Fare, Corn Coins, and Growlers to Go
Those wishing to add a salad to their meal could do worse than the Federal Chop ($10). Like an Italian sub minus the bun, this lively creation features greens, sopressata, pepperoni, provolone, pepperocini, tomato, and red onion in a light dressing of oregano vinaigrette for a fresh, spicy, salty, and bitter taste in every bite.
And don't ignore the side dish of the highly addictive corn coins ($5). A variation of the Mexican street food elote, corn on the cob is rolled in fennel, herbs, and salty peccorino cheese before being sliced into thick, flavorful discs. Completely share-worthy, I'd like to see this tasty snack move up into starter territory.
Cool enough to be a scene, but not so much so that it feels pretentious, Federal's space is larger than you might think, and with lots of windows to let the light in. A 30-foot-long butcher block bar runs down one side, much of the kitchen down the other. And dim lights, warm decor, and '80s beats make it easy to get comfortable in a hurry.
And the service? On my visit, the Federal team was in top form. Highly knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly, my server took the time to ensure I was well taken care of without ever letting on that the place was packed.
Which may be a good reason to familiarize yourself with Federal's pick-up area (in place of the bank's old drive-thru lane) just in case the old bank-turned-restaurant is maxed out on seat currency.