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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.

Kafe Leopold

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PS 7's

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Lavandou Restaurant

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A & J Restaurant

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Indique / Indique Heights

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Bethesda Bagels

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Mintwood Place

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Mussel Bar

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Lebanese Taverna

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Kafe Leopold

PS 7's

Lavandou Restaurant

A & J Restaurant

Indique / Indique Heights

Agora

Bethesda Bagels

Mintwood Place

Mussel Bar

Lebanese Taverna

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