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17 Essential Pizzerias Around D.C.

Find everything from wood-fired Neapolitan favorites to Jersey-style pies

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With a few exceptions, Amercanized pizza is not D.C.’s strong suit. While a few places — most notably Wiseguy and Vace — fight 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 are both gunning for the title of best pizza in the area. Stellina Pizzeria is expected to open by the end of the winter, adding another contender to the mix. With old-school square-pan pizza and jumbo slices, respectively, Ledo and Duccini’s represent their own brand of regional delicacies.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

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12207 Darnestown Rd
Darnestown, MD 20878
(301) 963-0115
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Inferno is a funny name for a place that represents a decorated chef’s departure from the heat of fine-dining kitchens to the relative comfort of a suburban strip mall. Tony Conte, a former sous chef at Jean-Georges who went on to lead the Oval Room, was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation last year for his Neapolitan pies at this out-of-the way restaurant near Gaithersburg that persistently draws praise from critics in D.C.

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana founder and chef Tony Conte
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2. Original Ledo Restaurant

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4509 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 422-8122
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A cult classic, Ledo in College Park serves rectangular pies with cracker-thin crusts. The chain has expanded since its early days, but no pizza matches the one made at the original location. A new one is headed for the District along H Street NE.

3. Comet Ping Pong

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5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-0404
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Perfect for a date night or an outing with the whole Little League team, Comet’s menu of wood-fired pizzas always has a few seasonal specialities — think soft-shell crab pizza — to go with classics like the Smoky (mushrooms, bacon, smoked mozzarella) and the Hottie (pepperoni and raw jalapeno). The lemon-packed chickpea salad has a following in its own right, and the house ranch dressing is the perfect dip for pizza crusts.

4. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza (Multiple locations)

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4940 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 237-7383
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Pete’s has shrunken its reach recently, closing its locations in Columbia Heights and Silver Spring last year. But the Friendship Heights and Clarendon venues remain, giving D.C. and Northern Virginia an option for pizzas that feature a chewy crust and a wide range of specialty toppings from whole roasted garlic to roasted pork and pancetta.

5. 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. A new Timber is headed to Ballston’s Quarter Market food hall this year.

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6. 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 draws a following for its simple New York-style pizza, which is sold by the slice or whole. Some take the dough home to try making pizza themselves, but it’s a tall order to replicate the slices that come wrapped in foil at the store.

7. 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 nearly 20 years.

A traditional margherita at standard-bearer 2 Amys.
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8. Menomale

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2711 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 248-3946
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The small, homey 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.

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9. Duccini's

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1778 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 483-0007
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Courtesy of Eater's pseudo-scientific taste test, this Adams Morgan standby for delivery and late-night eats has been decreed the best place to find D.C.’s iconic jumbo slice.

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10. Ghibellina

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 803-2389
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The warm glow of a wood-burning oven and dark hues of wood and brick make this Italian gastropub feel inviting, at least until the marble bar gets packed for happy hour. Finding a seat during the daily discount period — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday — is a smart bet because all of the personal Neapolitan pizzas are $10. Wield a pair of scissors and divvy up slices of a salsiccia e cipolla, sausage and roasted onions with provolone and grana padano).

11. 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 heavy-duty 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. Start with the baked eggplant parm and save half of your pizza for later.

A meaty pie at All-Purpose.
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12. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

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3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-1245
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This longtime haven for gourmet pizzas and craft beer, founded by chef Ruth Gresser in 1991, is now up to five locations. The latest recently opened in Spring Valley, following an expansion into Maryland and a renovation in Georgetown that included a new downstairs game room.

A mushroom-ham pie at Pizzeria Paradiso.
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13. Il Canale

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1065 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4444
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This Georgetown restaurant 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 (no rolling pins allowed!), "00" wheat flour, Italian tomatoes, certified buffalo mozzarella, and more.

A wood-fired pie at Il Canale.
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14. 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 crust slices, potent garlic knots, chicken rolls, and even Sicilian pies. The Chinatown location is open until 4 a.m. on Thursday nights and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Assorted offerings at Wiseguy Pizza.
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15. 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.

Assorted offerings at We the Pizza.
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16. 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.

A pie coming out of the brick oven at Pizzeria Orso.
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17. Pupatella

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5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
(571) 312-7230
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Pupatella may have humble roots — it started out as a food cart in neighboring Ballston — but its reputation as a source for Neapolitan-style pies has only grown since. The local company recently expanded to the Richmond area and may grow around D.C. as well.

An olive-topped pie at Pupatella.
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1. Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

12207 Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878
Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana founder and chef Tony Conte
Scott Suchman/For Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

Inferno is a funny name for a place that represents a decorated chef’s departure from the heat of fine-dining kitchens to the relative comfort of a suburban strip mall. Tony Conte, a former sous chef at Jean-Georges who went on to lead the Oval Room, was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation last year for his Neapolitan pies at this out-of-the way restaurant near Gaithersburg that persistently draws praise from critics in D.C.

12207 Darnestown Rd
Darnestown, MD 20878

2. Original Ledo Restaurant

4509 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740

A cult classic, Ledo in College Park serves rectangular pies with cracker-thin crusts. The chain has expanded since its early days, but no pizza matches the one made at the original location. A new one is headed for the District along H Street NE.

4509 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740

3. Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Perfect for a date night or an outing with the whole Little League team, Comet’s menu of wood-fired pizzas always has a few seasonal specialities — think soft-shell crab pizza — to go with classics like the Smoky (mushrooms, bacon, smoked mozzarella) and the Hottie (pepperoni and raw jalapeno). The lemon-packed chickpea salad has a following in its own right, and the house ranch dressing is the perfect dip for pizza crusts.

5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza (Multiple locations)

4940 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016

Pete’s has shrunken its reach recently, closing its locations in Columbia Heights and Silver Spring last year. But the Friendship Heights and Clarendon venues remain, giving D.C. and Northern Virginia an option for pizzas that feature a chewy crust and a wide range of specialty toppings from whole roasted garlic to roasted pork and pancetta.

4940 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20016

5. 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. A new Timber is headed to Ballston’s Quarter Market food hall this year.

809 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

6. Vace Italian Delicatessen (Multiple locations)

3315 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This longtime Italian market in Cleveland Park draws a following for its simple New York-style pizza, which is sold by the slice or whole. Some take the dough home to try making pizza themselves, but it’s a tall order to replicate the slices that come wrapped in foil at the store.

3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

7. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
A traditional margherita at standard-bearer 2 Amys.
Steve I./Yelp

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 nearly 20 years.

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

8. Menomale

2711 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20018
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

The small, homey 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.

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

9. Duccini's

1778 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Duccini's
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Courtesy of Eater's pseudo-scientific taste test, this Adams Morgan standby for delivery and late-night eats has been decreed the best place to find D.C.’s iconic jumbo slice.

1778 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Ghibellina

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The warm glow of a wood-burning oven and dark hues of wood and brick make this Italian gastropub feel inviting, at least until the marble bar gets packed for happy hour. Finding a seat during the daily discount period — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday — is a smart bet because all of the personal Neapolitan pizzas are $10. Wield a pair of scissors and divvy up slices of a salsiccia e cipolla, sausage and roasted onions with provolone and grana padano).

1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. All-Purpose (Multiple locations)

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
A meaty pie at All-Purpose.
All-Purpose/Facebook

Flavors from chef Mike Friedman’s New Jersey childhood take on new life on heavy-duty 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. Start with the baked eggplant parm and save half of your pizza for later.

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

12. Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations)

3282 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
A mushroom-ham pie at Pizzeria Paradiso.
Pizzeria Paradiso/Facebook

This longtime haven for gourmet pizzas and craft beer, founded by chef Ruth Gresser in 1991, is now up to five locations. The latest recently opened in Spring Valley, following an expansion into Maryland and a renovation in Georgetown that included a new downstairs game room.

3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Il Canale

1065 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
A wood-fired pie at Il Canale.
Il Canale/Facebook

This Georgetown restaurant 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 (no rolling pins allowed!), "00" wheat flour, Italian tomatoes, certified buffalo mozzarella, and more.

1065 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

14. 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 crust slices, potent garlic knots, chicken rolls, and even Sicilian pies. The Chinatown location is open until 4 a.m. on Thursday nights and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

15. We the Pizza (Multiple locations)

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Assorted offerings at We the Pizza.
We the Pizza/Facebook

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.

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. Pizzeria Orso

400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046
A pie coming out of the brick oven at Pizzeria Orso.
Pizzeria Orso/Facebook

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.

400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

17. Pupatella

5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
An olive-topped pie at Pupatella.
Pupatella/Facebook

Pupatella may have humble roots — it started out as a food cart in neighboring Ballston — but its reputation as a source for Neapolitan-style pies has only grown since. The local company recently expanded to the Richmond area and may grow around D.C. as well.

5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

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