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Grated cheese sprinkled on a whole pie from Ballston Local.
A New York-style pizza from Ballston Local.
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25 Essential Pizzerias Around D.C.

Where to find wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, New York slices, Detroit-style squares, and free-form Roman pies

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A New York-style pizza from Ballston Local.
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With a handful of exceptions, Americanized pizza has never quite been D.C.’s strong suit. While a few places — most notably Andy’s Pizza, Wiseguy, and relative newcomer Slice Joint — contest the perception that Washington is weak when it comes to New York-style slices, the District is more of a stronghold for Neapolitan pizzas that showcase imported ingredients and fitfully fermented doughs.

While 2 Amys is the OG, Menomale and Pupatella both compete for the title of best Neapolitan pizza in D.C. The pies at Inferno Pizza Napoletana, puffy to the point of near weightlessness, are special enough to warrant a drive to Darnestown, Maryland. D.C.’s pizza scene has been buoyed by the pandemic-induced push for takeout and comfort food, as seen in the outstanding, crisp-bottomed sourdough pizzas from Happy Gyro in Dupont Circle and wildly popular pan pizza from June, a former pop-up that plans to open its own space.

Here are 25 can’t-miss pizza places around D.C.

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1. Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

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12207 Darnestown Rd
Darnestown, MD 20878
(301) 963-0115
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Former fine-dining chef Tony Conte produces destination-worthy pizza topped with items like in-season creamed corn and lemon ricotta at this strip mall hideaway outside of Gaithersburg. Normally customers have to get in line before it opens to reserve a spot, but right now it’s open for takeout only. Inferno takes orders by phone starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday for pickups that start at 4:30 p.m.

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana founder and chef Tony Conte
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2. Comet Ping Pong

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5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-0404
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The long-running, upper Northwest neighborhood pizza parlor has made a name for itself with a pepperoni and jalapeno “hottie,” a mushroom and bacon “smoky,” and a clam-packed “Yalie.” The lemony chickpea salad has a following in its own right, and the house ranch is the perfect dip for pizza crusts. There’s a convenient carryout tent with picnic tables, a bar, and fire pits in the parking lot out back, and the dining room is back to operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Timber Pizza Company

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809 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 258-6832
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Former Eater Young Gun Daniela Moreira works wonders with her wood-fired oven in the close quarters of this neighborhood spot in Petworth, producing specialty pies with ingredients like cured chorizo, beef bolognese, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale. The Timber family added an offshoot in Ballston’s Quarter Market food hall, called Turu’s, that sells sturdier pizzas closer to a New York-style pie. During the COVID-19 crisis, Timber is offering a limited menu online for pickups. The small dining room opens at 5 p.m. Weekend breakfast bring on wood-fired empanadas and bagels from popular sibling spot Call Your Mother deli.

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4. Vace Italian Delicatessen (Multiple locations)

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3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 369-1999
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This longtime Italian market in Cleveland Park, established in 1976, draws a following for a signature pizza style that features a crunchy thin crust with marinara sauce baked on top of the cheese. Some customers take the dough home to try making pizza themselves, but it’s a tall order to replicate the slices that wrapped in foil at the store. Call for pickup. There’s a Vace in Bethesda, too.

Cheese pizza at Vace.
Cheese pizza at Vace.
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5. 2 Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 885-5700
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Many chefs frequent 2 Amys on their days off, endorsing an unpretentious family restaurant that remains the standard for Neapolitan pizza in the District. The visibly scorched, wood-fired pies have attracted obsessives for 20 years. During the pandemic, 2 Amys owner Peter Pastan installed a second pizza oven in the main dining room to fuel a transition to takeout. But the beloved neighborhood spot near the National Cathedral has welcomed regulars back on-site with indoor and patio dining (walk-ins only). Takeout is still available here.

6. Sonny’s Pizza

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3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 601-7701
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These square slices of grandma-style pie on focaccia-like crust are unlike anything else in the city. A pizza garden behind the ’70s rec room style dining room in Park View offers an airy place to drink natural wines and large-format bottles of craft beer. Sonny’s is open Wednesday to Friday at 5 p.m. and weekends starting at noon. Customers can order (free) delivery or takeout. Sister bar No Kisses reopened next-door last summer.

A Wolfie pizza from Sonny’s with mozzarella, pepperoni, onions, and roasted red peppers
A Wolfie pizza from Sonny’s with mozzarella, pepperoni, onions, and roasted red peppers
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7. Martha Dear

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3110 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Near the end of 2020, Tara Smith and Demetri Mechelis opened Martha Dear for takeout only, teasing customers with a panoply of savory smells wafting out of the domed pizza oven inside the lower-level space in Mt. Pleasant. The 12-inch sourdough pizzas, initially available through a limited amount of online preorders, were an instant hit, building a fast following with a uniquely bubbly dough and topping combinations like ‘nduja and peppers. Now the shop has scaled up a bit, batting back the scarcity and opening a patio where customers can eat the pizza while it’s hot, maybe alongside a bottle of Greek wine. Spring for a side of garlic-and-anchovy bagna cauda dip for dunking the crusts.

A whole pie topped with sausage and peppers, sitting on a steel pan.
Martha Dear’s “Sausage + Peppers” sourdough pizza with tomato, mozzarella, onions, peppers, and ‘nduja sausage.
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8. Motown Square

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703 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017

The Mess Hall restaurant incubator in Edgewood is home to one of the most intriguing mash-ups on the D.C. food scene: Motown Square’s tibs pizza. Chef Paulos Belay, a native Detroiter with Ethiopian roots, tops a rich, extra-crunchy square crust with Wisconsin brick cheese, mozzarella, and generous cubes of grass-fed beef. Slivers of bright green jalapeno and a thick, crimson-colored sauce studded with berbere spices make the spicy pie a scorcher. More typical flavors include an “OG,” with crushed tomatoes and basil, and “Belle Isle” barbecue chicken option. Order takeout or delivery here Thursday through Saturday.

An aerial of Motown Square’s slices.
Motown Square’s crispy square crusts.
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9. Menomale (Multiple locations)

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2711 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 248-3946
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The cozy Neapolitan place in Brookland sources ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and boasts a crust that sets the bar for elasticity in D.C. The dough doubles as the bread for wood-fired panuozzo sandwiches full of Italian cured meats and fresh mayonnaise. It’s open for dine-in and takeout six days a week (closed Tuesdays). A year-old outpost in NoMa also offers a rectangular Roman-style pizza decorated edge to edge in toppings like bolognese sauce or salami and artichokes.

A prosciutto pizza from Menomale
A prosciutto pizza from Menomale
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10. Andy's Pizza (Multiple locations)

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2016 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-2043
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A 72-hour cold fermentation provides a hint of tang for the envelope-thin crust on this New York-style slice shop that quickly expanded since its debut in Tysons gallery. Andy’s can now be found at a pizza stand in Shaw, at Atlas Brew Works in Navy Yard, and at a new setup inside a NoMa apartment building. The company sells 18-inch pies and individual slices in classic flavors and specials like a popular white pie with mozzarella, provolone, roasted cremini mushrooms, and caramelized onions. One fun wrinkle at Andy’s is the ability to order a whole pizza with a different flavor on every slice. Order takeout or delivery online.

A pepperoni pie from Andy’s Pizza
A pepperoni pie from Andy’s Pizza
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11. Lupo Pizzeria

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1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-6137
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Lahlou Restaurant Group expanded its Logan Circle reach last summer with the addition of a casual pizzeria next to pasta parlor Lupo Verde. An Italian brick oven set to 700 degrees sends out popular pies like a classic Margherita, spicy pie with salami and Calabrian chiles, or creative carbonara variety with pecorino cream, pork cheek, egg yolk, and black pepper. Chef Juan Olivera adds squid ink to the dough of another pizza for a natural sea salt taste, finished with calamari, prawns, and mussels.

12. Pupatella

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1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-1999
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Pupatella may have humble roots — it started out as a food cart in neighboring Ballston a decade ago — but its reputation as a source for certified Neapolitan pizza has only grown since. The Northern Virginia-based company now has a D.C. location in Dupont Circle. Order online for pickup, with dine-in available indoors and across its patio.

Pupatella owner Enzo Algarme and his latest 6-ton pizza oven in Dupont Circle.
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13. Red Light

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1401 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-0400
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The first Detroit-style pizza to arrive in D.C. was the deep dish at this bar right in the thick of the nightlife strip on a lower section of 14th Street NW. Call for pickup or use Caviar and GrubHub for delivery to stock up on hefty slices. Wood-fired pies from sister spot Little Beast are worth a trip up to Chevy Chase.

Detroit original pepperoni pizza at Red Light
Detroit original pepperoni pizza at Red Light
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14. Stellina Pizzeria (Multiple locations)

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399 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 851-3995
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Italian owners Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini brought this bright, counter-service place to the Union Market neighborhood in April 2019. Venini’s hit neo-Neapolitan pies — boosted by high-hydration dough and a 48-hour fermentation — include a cacio e pepe variety with pecorino Romano, buffalo mozzarella, and toasted black pepper. Its patio is open on a first-come, first-served basis, along with takeout, delivery, and indoor/outdoor seating from Tuesdays to Sundays. Stellina has a Northern Virginia location in the Village at Shirlington, too.

A pizza with a puffy crust from Stellina
A pizza with a puffy crust from Stellina
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15. All-Purpose (Multiple locations)

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 849-6174
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Flavors from chef Mike Friedman’s New Jersey childhood take on new life on deck oven-baked crusts topped with ingredients spanning from hen-of-the-woods mushrooms to ‘nduja and capicola bacon. The original can be found in Shaw, and its waterfront sibling is in Navy Yard. A casual AP Pizza Shop is coming to Bethesda in 2022. Start with the baked eggplant Parm, and save half of your pizza for later. Shaw opens daily at 5 p.m. for takeout, delivery via DoorDash and Caviar, and on-site dining, with weekend brunch available in Navy Yard.

16. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

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3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-1245
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This local haven for wood-fired pizzas and craft beer, founded by chef Ruth Gresser in 1991, offers a long list of 9- or 12-inch pies for indoor/outdoor dining and takeout or delivery. In addition to Georgetown and Dupont Circle, Pizzeria Paradiso boasts outposts sit in Spring Valley and Hyattsville, Maryland.

17. Il Canale

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1065 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4444
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This Georgetown restaurant and celebrity favorite serves Neapolitan pizza certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolentana. The requirements include using a wood-burning dome oven that reaches a temperature of around 900 degrees, hand-formed dough, "00" wheat flour, Italian tomatoes, and certified buffalo mozzarella. Order takeout or delivery here, or book a seat for lunch and dinner daily.

18. Wiseguy NY Pizza (Multiple locations)

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-7800
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Some pizza aficionados argue that this is the closest thing D.C. can get to a true New York-style pizzeria. The local chain serves thin slices, potent garlic knots, chicken rolls, and even Sicilian pies. Wiseguy has five locations and counting (Chinatown, Navy Yard, Rosslyn, Pentagon City, and Foggy Bottom).

Assorted offerings at Wiseguy Pizza.
Wiseguy Pizza [Official photo]

19. We the Pizza (Multiple locations)

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305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-4008
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We the Pizza was Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's second restaurant to debut in D.C. Pizza-makers can be seen stretching dough and piling on toppings through the storefront window down the block from Mendelshon’s burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery, in Capitol Hill. We the Pizza has since expanded to Arlington. Pie options range from spicy Buffalo chicken to a medley of Mediterranean toppings. Order online for pickup or delivery in Ballston, Crystal City, and Capitol Hill, with a new express outpost on U Street NW.

20. Ballston Local

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900 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 852-1260
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Jason Johnston, the former executive chef at MGM National Harbor, brought Ballston the pizza parlor of his dreams last spring. The counter service-style neighborhood restaurant focuses on what Johnston describes as “Brooklyn-style” pizza that he forms with Caputo flour and Grande Italian cheese before baking in a deck oven at 600 degrees. Slices start at $4 by the slice, and whole pies are $19. An array of pizza flavors includes cacio y pepe and a clam-topped New Haven option.

A pie from Ballston Local.
A New York-style pizza from Ballston Local.
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21. Pizzeria Orso

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400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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Under the direction of 2941's executive chef Bertrand Chemel, Pizzeria Orso continues to supply Falls Church diners with gourmet brick-oven pies. The neighborhood eatery is known for its generous specials, salads, and unique pies like the Uovo Fritto, featuring fingerling potatoes, bacon and eggs. Order carryout or delivery online, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.

22. Slice Joint

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 661-0141
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This pizza stand inside the Roost food hall in Capitol Hill provides an all-too-convenient meal for fellow vendors who swear by the New York-style pieces that spill over the edges of white paper plates. Owner Rachel Marie, who spent four years at Roberta’s in Brooklyn before partnering with Neighborhood Restaurant Group to open the original Slice Joint in New York, brings joy to plain cheese purists first but has plenty of other tricks in store. There are white pies, spicy pepperoni square pies, and creative specials like eggplant Parm pizza. Open daily at 11 a.m.

Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
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23. Side Door Pizza

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909 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 780-0140
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A small side door at Scarlet Oak in Navy Yard explains the name behind the ghost kitchen inside that’s been going strong since at fall 2020 debut. Neighborhood regulars flock to the mini takeout operation to pick up Detroit-style pizzas baked with Wisconsin brick and mozzarella cheeses and finished with a double racing stripe of zesty pizza sauce. There’s cheese, pepperoni, and a “Fahgettaboudit” option that piles on homemade Italian sausage, roasted peppers, and grilled onions. Co-owner Brian Schram was inspired to bring Detroit-style pies to Navy Yard after a visit to underground L.A. hotspot Dough Daddy while quarantining out West.

24. Stracci Pizza

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106 Hume Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(571) 213-5349
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Tom Cardarelli, the former chef at Vermillion in Old Town, was working on a plan to open his own place when the pandemic began. Instead, he and his wife, Annalisa, opened a Roman-style pizza trailer named after the straciatella cheese he makes by soaking freshly pulled mozzarella in cream. Stracci then took over a coffee and wine bar in Del Ray, finding a long-term parking spot while adding outdoor seating and an indoor bar for craft beers, Italian wines, and apertivos. Order pickup online.

The namesake Stracci pizza has fresh stracciatella cheese, tomato, basil, and olive oil
The namesake Stracci pizza has fresh stracciatella cheese, tomato, basil, and olive oil
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25. VIA ROMA

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4531 Telfair Blvd #110
Camp Springs, MD 20746
(301) 444-9038
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While it’s a trek out to Camp Springs, year-old Via Roma is worth the trip to sample its cloud-like “pinsa” pizza that’s curiously crispy on the outside but super soft in the center. Its Naples native owner/operator Biagio Cepollaro claims his is the only DMV restaurant that specializes in the three-day dough. A namesake white pie features roasted peppers, artichokes, zucchini, cherry tomato, and fontina and pecorino cheeses, or go the opposite route with a meaty red pie topped with pepperoni, ham, sausage, and salami. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., for takeout or dine-in.

1. Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

12207 Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878
Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana founder and chef Tony Conte
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Former fine-dining chef Tony Conte produces destination-worthy pizza topped with items like in-season creamed corn and lemon ricotta at this strip mall hideaway outside of Gaithersburg. Normally customers have to get in line before it opens to reserve a spot, but right now it’s open for takeout only. Inferno takes orders by phone starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday for pickups that start at 4:30 p.m.

12207 Darnestown Rd
Darnestown, MD 20878

2. Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The long-running, upper Northwest neighborhood pizza parlor has made a name for itself with a pepperoni and jalapeno “hottie,” a mushroom and bacon “smoky,” and a clam-packed “Yalie.” The lemony chickpea salad has a following in its own right, and the house ranch is the perfect dip for pizza crusts. There’s a convenient carryout tent with picnic tables, a bar, and fire pits in the parking lot out back, and the dining room is back to operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

3. Timber Pizza Company

809 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
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Former Eater Young Gun Daniela Moreira works wonders with her wood-fired oven in the close quarters of this neighborhood spot in Petworth, producing specialty pies with ingredients like cured chorizo, beef bolognese, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale. The Timber family added an offshoot in Ballston’s Quarter Market food hall, called Turu’s, that sells sturdier pizzas closer to a New York-style pie. During the COVID-19 crisis, Timber is offering a limited menu online for pickups. The small dining room opens at 5 p.m. Weekend breakfast bring on wood-fired empanadas and bagels from popular sibling spot Call Your Mother deli.

809 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

4. Vace Italian Delicatessen (Multiple locations)

3315 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Cheese pizza at Vace.
Cheese pizza at Vace.
Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post via Getty Images

This longtime Italian market in Cleveland Park, established in 1976, draws a following for a signature pizza style that features a crunchy thin crust with marinara sauce baked on top of the cheese. Some customers take the dough home to try making pizza themselves, but it’s a tall order to replicate the slices that wrapped in foil at the store. Call for pickup. There’s a Vace in Bethesda, too.

3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

5. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Many chefs frequent 2 Amys on their days off, endorsing an unpretentious family restaurant that remains the standard for Neapolitan pizza in the District. The visibly scorched, wood-fired pies have attracted obsessives for 20 years. During the pandemic, 2 Amys owner Peter Pastan installed a second pizza oven in the main dining room to fuel a transition to takeout. But the beloved neighborhood spot near the National Cathedral has welcomed regulars back on-site with indoor and patio dining (walk-ins only). Takeout is still available here.

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

6. Sonny’s Pizza

3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
A Wolfie pizza from Sonny’s with mozzarella, pepperoni, onions, and roasted red peppers
A Wolfie pizza from Sonny’s with mozzarella, pepperoni, onions, and roasted red peppers
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These square slices of grandma-style pie on focaccia-like crust are unlike anything else in the city. A pizza garden behind the ’70s rec room style dining room in Park View offers an airy place to drink natural wines and large-format bottles of craft beer. Sonny’s is open Wednesday to Friday at 5 p.m. and weekends starting at noon. Customers can order (free) delivery or takeout. Sister bar No Kisses reopened next-door last summer.

3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

7. Martha Dear

3110 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
A whole pie topped with sausage and peppers, sitting on a steel pan.
Martha Dear’s “Sausage + Peppers” sourdough pizza with tomato, mozzarella, onions, peppers, and ‘nduja sausage.
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Near the end of 2020, Tara Smith and Demetri Mechelis opened Martha Dear for takeout only, teasing customers with a panoply of savory smells wafting out of the domed pizza oven inside the lower-level space in Mt. Pleasant. The 12-inch sourdough pizzas, initially available through a limited amount of online preorders, were an instant hit, building a fast following with a uniquely bubbly dough and topping combinations like ‘nduja and peppers. Now the shop has scaled up a bit, batting back the scarcity and opening a patio where customers can eat the pizza while it’s hot, maybe alongside a bottle of Greek wine. Spring for a side of garlic-and-anchovy bagna cauda dip for dunking the crusts.

3110 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

8. Motown Square

703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017
An aerial of Motown Square’s slices.
Motown Square’s crispy square crusts.
Motown Square/official photo

The Mess Hall restaurant incubator in Edgewood is home to one of the most intriguing mash-ups on the D.C. food scene: Motown Square’s tibs pizza. Chef Paulos Belay, a native Detroiter with Ethiopian roots, tops a rich, extra-crunchy square crust with Wisconsin brick cheese, mozzarella, and generous cubes of grass-fed beef. Slivers of bright green jalapeno and a thick, crimson-colored sauce studded with berbere spices make the spicy pie a scorcher. More typical flavors include an “OG,” with crushed tomatoes and basil, and “Belle Isle” barbecue chicken option. Order takeout or delivery here Thursday through Saturday.

703 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017

9. Menomale (Multiple locations)

2711 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20018
A prosciutto pizza from Menomale
A prosciutto pizza from Menomale
Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post

The cozy Neapolitan place in Brookland sources ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and boasts a crust that sets the bar for elasticity in D.C. The dough doubles as the bread for wood-fired panuozzo sandwiches full of Italian cured meats and fresh mayonnaise. It’s open for dine-in and takeout six days a week (closed Tuesdays). A year-old outpost in NoMa also offers a rectangular Roman-style pizza decorated edge to edge in toppings like bolognese sauce or salami and artichokes.

2711 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20018

10. Andy's Pizza (Multiple locations)

2016 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A pepperoni pie from Andy’s Pizza
A pepperoni pie from Andy’s Pizza
Andy’s Pizza [official]

A 72-hour cold fermentation provides a hint of tang for the envelope-thin crust on this New York-style slice shop that quickly expanded since its debut in Tysons gallery. Andy’s can now be found at a pizza stand in Shaw, at Atlas Brew Works in Navy Yard, and at a new setup inside a NoMa apartment building. The company sells 18-inch pies and individual slices in classic flavors and specials like a popular white pie with mozzarella, provolone, roasted cremini mushrooms, and caramelized onions. One fun wrinkle at Andy’s is the ability to order a whole pizza with a different flavor on every slice. Order takeout or delivery online.

2016 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Lupo Pizzeria

1908 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Lahlou Restaurant Group expanded its Logan Circle reach last summer with the addition of a casual pizzeria next to pasta parlor Lupo Verde. An Italian brick oven set to 700 degrees sends out popular pies like a classic Margherita, spicy pie with salami and Calabrian chiles, or creative carbonara variety with pecorino cream, pork cheek, egg yolk, and black pepper. Chef Juan Olivera adds squid ink to the dough of another pizza for a natural sea salt taste, finished with calamari, prawns, and mussels.

1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. Pupatella

1801 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Pupatella owner Enzo Algarme and his latest 6-ton pizza oven in Dupont Circle.
Pupatella/official photo

Pupatella may have humble roots — it started out as a food cart in neighboring Ballston a decade ago — but its reputation as a source for certified Neapolitan pizza has only grown since. The Northern Virginia-based company now has a D.C. location in Dupont Circle. Order online for pickup, with dine-in available indoors and across its patio.

1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

13. Red Light

1401 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Detroit original pepperoni pizza at Red Light
Detroit original pepperoni pizza at Red Light
Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The first Detroit-style pizza to arrive in D.C. was the deep dish at this bar right in the thick of the nightlife strip on a lower section of 14th Street NW. Call for pickup or use Caviar and GrubHub for delivery to stock up on hefty slices. Wood-fired pies from sister spot Little Beast are worth a trip up to Chevy Chase.

1401 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

14. Stellina Pizzeria (Multiple locations)

399 Morse St NE, Washington, DC 20002
A pizza with a puffy crust from Stellina
A pizza with a puffy crust from Stellina
Rey Lopez/For Stellina

Italian owners Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini brought this bright, counter-service place to the Union Market neighborhood in April 2019. Venini’s hit neo-Neapolitan pies — boosted by high-hydration dough and a 48-hour fermentation — include a cacio e pepe variety with pecorino Romano, buffalo mozzarella, and toasted black pepper. Its patio is open on a first-come, first-served basis, along with takeout, delivery, and indoor/outdoor seating from Tuesdays to Sundays. Stellina has a Northern Virginia location in the Village at Shirlington, too.

399 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. All-Purpose (Multiple locations)

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Flavors from chef Mike Friedman’s New Jersey childhood take on new life on deck oven-baked crusts topped with ingredients spanning from hen-of-the-woods mushrooms to ‘nduja and capicola bacon. The original can be found in Shaw, and its waterfront sibling is in Navy Yard. A casual AP Pizza Shop is coming to Bethesda in 2022. Start with the baked eggplant Parm, and save half of your pizza for later. Shaw opens daily at 5 p.m. for takeout, delivery via DoorDash and Caviar, and on-site dining, with weekend brunch available in Navy Yard.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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16. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

3282 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

This local haven for wood-fired pizzas and craft beer, founded by chef Ruth Gresser in 1991, offers a long list of 9- or 12-inch pies for indoor/outdoor dining and takeout or delivery. In addition to Georgetown and Dupont Circle, Pizzeria Paradiso boasts outposts sit in Spring Valley and Hyattsville, Maryland.

3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

17. Il Canale

1065 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This Georgetown restaurant and celebrity favorite serves Neapolitan pizza certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolentana. The requirements include using a wood-burning dome oven that reaches a temperature of around 900 degrees, hand-formed dough, "00" wheat flour, Italian tomatoes, and certified buffalo mozzarella. Order takeout or delivery here, or book a seat for lunch and dinner daily.

1065 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

18. Wiseguy NY Pizza (Multiple locations)

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Assorted offerings at Wiseguy Pizza.
Wiseguy Pizza [Official photo]

Some pizza aficionados argue that this is the closest thing D.C. can get to a true New York-style pizzeria. The local chain serves thin slices, potent garlic knots, chicken rolls, and even Sicilian pies. Wiseguy has five locations and counting (Chinatown, Navy Yard, Rosslyn, Pentagon City, and Foggy Bottom).

300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

19. We the Pizza (Multiple locations)

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

We the Pizza was Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's second restaurant to debut in D.C. Pizza-makers can be seen stretching dough and piling on toppings through the storefront window down the block from Mendelshon’s burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery, in Capitol Hill. We the Pizza has since expanded to Arlington. Pie options range from spicy Buffalo chicken to a medley of Mediterranean toppings. Order online for pickup or delivery in Ballston, Crystal City, and Capitol Hill, with a new express outpost on U Street NW.

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

20. Ballston Local

900 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203
A pie from Ballston Local.
A New York-style pizza from Ballston Local.
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Jason Johnston, the former executive chef at MGM National Harbor, brought Ballston the pizza parlor of his dreams last spring. The counter service-style neighborhood restaurant focuses on what Johnston describes as “Brooklyn-style” pizza that he forms with Caputo flour and Grande Italian cheese before baking in a deck oven at 600 degrees. Slices start at $4 by the slice, and whole pies are $19. An array of pizza flavors includes cacio y pepe and a clam-topped New Haven option.

900 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

21. Pizzeria Orso

400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Under the direction of 2941's executive chef Bertrand Chemel, Pizzeria Orso continues to supply Falls Church diners with gourmet brick-oven pies. The neighborhood eatery is known for its generous specials, salads, and unique pies like the Uovo Fritto, featuring fingerling potatoes, bacon and eggs. Order carryout or delivery online, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.

400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

22. Slice Joint

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Plain cheese slices from Slice Joint at the Roost food hall
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This pizza stand inside the Roost food hall in Capitol Hill provides an all-too-convenient meal for fellow vendors who swear by the New York-style pieces that spill over the edges of white paper plates. Owner Rachel Marie, who spent four years at Roberta’s in Brooklyn before partnering with Neighborhood Restaurant Group to open the original Slice Joint in New York, brings joy to plain cheese purists first but has plenty of other tricks in store. There are white pies, spicy pepperoni square pies, and creative specials like eggplant Parm pizza. Open daily at 11 a.m.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

23. Side Door Pizza

909 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

A small side door at Scarlet Oak in Navy Yard explains the name behind the ghost kitchen inside that’s been going strong since at fall 2020 debut. Neighborhood regulars flock to the mini takeout operation to pick up Detroit-style pizzas baked with Wisconsin brick and mozzarella cheeses and finished with a double racing stripe of zesty pizza sauce. There’s cheese, pepperoni, and a “Fahgettaboudit” option that piles on homemade Italian sausage, roasted peppers, and grilled onions. Co-owner Brian Schram was inspired to bring Detroit-style pies to Navy Yard after a visit to underground L.A. hotspot Dough Daddy while quarantining out West.

909 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

24. Stracci Pizza

106 Hume Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
The namesake Stracci pizza has fresh stracciatella cheese, tomato, basil, and olive oil
The namesake Stracci pizza has fresh stracciatella cheese, tomato, basil, and olive oil
Tom Cardarelli/Stracci

Tom Cardarelli, the former chef at Vermillion in Old Town, was working on a plan to open his own place when the pandemic began. Instead, he and his wife, Annalisa, opened a Roman-style pizza trailer named after the straciatella cheese he makes by soaking freshly pulled mozzarella in cream. Stracci then took over a coffee and wine bar in Del Ray, finding a long-term parking spot while adding outdoor seating and an indoor bar for craft beers, Italian wines, and apertivos. Order pickup online.

106 Hume Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

25. VIA ROMA

4531 Telfair Blvd #110, Camp Springs, MD 20746

While it’s a trek out to Camp Springs, year-old Via Roma is worth the trip to sample its cloud-like “pinsa” pizza that’s curiously crispy on the outside but super soft in the center. Its Naples native owner/operator Biagio Cepollaro claims his is the only DMV restaurant that specializes in the three-day dough. A namesake white pie features roasted peppers, artichokes, zucchini, cherry tomato, and fontina and pecorino cheeses, or go the opposite route with a meaty red pie topped with pepperoni, ham, sausage, and salami. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., for takeout or dine-in.

4531 Telfair Blvd #110
Camp Springs, MD 20746

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