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Eater's Guide to Pizzas That Maybe Aren't Really Pizzas

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What makes a pizza? Is it just semantics or is there some clear-cut definition? Some styles of pizza, such as New Haven and Roman, do not require tomatoes and mozzarella to make them pizza. That leaves only the crust to draw a line in the sand. Most chefs will tell you that what makes a pizza is a crust leavened with yeast, baking soda, or baking powder to form a bubbly, risen dough.

But even with those parameters, differences arise, particularly when it comes to slightly leavened flatbreads with toppings. It appears that the decision about whether a dish is a pizza lies within the saying — you know it when you see it. Fortunately for us, the only real distinction necessary is between that which is delicious and that which is not. Here's a guide to the best of the non-pizza pizzas in DC.

—Jamie Liu

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kafe Leopold

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3318 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. PS 7's

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777 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Lavandou Restaurant

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3321 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. A & J Restaurant

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1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-251-7878

5. Indique / Indique Heights

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6. Agora

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1527 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Bethesda Bagels

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4819 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex
Bethesda, MD 20814

8. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Mussel Bar

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7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex
Bethesda, MD 20814

10. Lebanese Taverna

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2641 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

1. Kafe Leopold

3318 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
3318 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. PS 7's

777 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
777 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Lavandou Restaurant

3321 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
3321 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. A & J Restaurant

1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

5. Indique / Indique Heights

6. Agora

1527 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
1527 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Bethesda Bagels

4819 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex, Bethesda, MD 20814
4819 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex
Bethesda, MD 20814

8. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Mussel Bar

7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex, Bethesda, MD 20814
7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda Row, Bethesda Row Shopping Complex
Bethesda, MD 20814

10. Lebanese Taverna

2641 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
2641 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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