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Martha Dear’s “Sausage + Peppers” sourdough pizza with tomato, mozzarella, onions, peppers, and ‘nduja sausage.
Martha Dear’s “Sausage + Peppers” sourdough pizza with tomato, mozzarella, onions, peppers, and ‘nduja sausage.
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23 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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Martha Dear’s “Sausage + Peppers” sourdough pizza with tomato, mozzarella, onions, peppers, and ‘nduja sausage.
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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. A pan pizza pop-up at sub shot Grazie Grazie is one example. The outstanding, crisp-bottomed sourdough pizzas from Happy Gyro in Dupont Circle are another. The latest additions to this list include sourdough pies covered in Greek cheeses and other Mediterranean ingredients from Martha Dear, free-form Roman-style pies from the Stracci Pizza trailer in Alexandria, and Detroit-style slices from Motown Square in Edgewood. Here’s the full list of 23 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 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 Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can order takeout here. Sister bar No Kisses reopened next-door in July.

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.

Martha Dear co-owners Demetri Mechelis and Tara Smith started dating while working at Tail Up Goat.
Martha Dear co-owners Demetri Mechelis and Tara Smith
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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.

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 new 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. Della Barba

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 845-3033
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This hidden gem run out of Union Kitchen’s Ivy City facility was a ghost kitchen before the pandemic. Customers will find updated takes on old-school pizza classics from New York, Chicago (deep dish), and Detroit. Order online or call for curbside pickup or free delivery within range, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

A New York-style pizza from Della Barba Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

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 or dine-in on its patios.

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

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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. The weighty slices, along with wood-fired pizza from sister spot Little Beast, are also available out of the Social Beast food hall in Glover Park. Call for pickup or use Caviar and GrubHub for delivery.

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

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 limited 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. It opens at 11 a.m. (4 p.m. on Mondays) for online takeout orders and delivery via DoorDash and Caviar.

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 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.

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 four locations running (Chinatown, Navy Yard, Rosslyn, Pentagon City), and the Foggy Bottom shop remains temporarily closed.

Assorted offerings at Wiseguy Pizza.
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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.

20. 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 starting at 4 p.m. (and 11 a.m. on weekends).

21. 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.

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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22. 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.

23. 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 COVID-19 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.

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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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 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
Farrah Skeiky/Dimsum Media

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
Sonny’s [official]

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 Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can order takeout here. Sister bar No Kisses reopened next-door in July.

3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

7. Martha Dear

3110 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Martha Dear co-owners Demetri Mechelis and Tara Smith started dating while working at Tail Up Goat.
Martha Dear co-owners Demetri Mechelis and Tara Smith
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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

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 new 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. Della Barba

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
A New York-style pizza from Della Barba Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

This hidden gem run out of Union Kitchen’s Ivy City facility was a ghost kitchen before the pandemic. Customers will find updated takes on old-school pizza classics from New York, Chicago (deep dish), and Detroit. Order online or call for curbside pickup or free delivery within range, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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 or dine-in on its patios.

1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

13. Red Light (Multiple locations)

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. The weighty slices, along with wood-fired pizza from sister spot Little Beast, are also available out of the Social Beast food hall in Glover Park. Call for pickup or use Caviar and GrubHub for delivery.

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 limited 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. It opens at 11 a.m. (4 p.m. on Mondays) for online takeout orders and delivery via DoorDash and Caviar.

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 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.

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 four locations running (Chinatown, Navy Yard, Rosslyn, Pentagon City), and the Foggy Bottom shop remains temporarily closed.

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.

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

20. 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 starting at 4 p.m. (and 11 a.m. on weekends).

400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

21. 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
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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.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

22. 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

23. 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 COVID-19 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.

106 Hume Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

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