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Find Solid Pizza at These Non-Pizzerias

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Sandwiched into menus of some non-pizzerias around town are some great pizzas. Eater unearthed some tasty gems served at unlikely places, both new and old — from ahi tuna flatbread at Georgetown's latest bowling alley Pinstripes to cozy Arlington bar and restaurant Liberty Tavern. Whether the restaurant leans ethnic, American or vaguely Italian, the pies are worth checking out.
—Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Caturra

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2931 S Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 535-5480
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This Arlington wine bar keeps neighbors coming back for its red pizzas, which use San Marzana tomatoes—arguably the most flavorful kind to use. White pizzas come with mushroom and olive or fontina, garlic and chile flake.

2. Pinstripes

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3222 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
The Shops at Georgetown’s newest bowling and bocce post serves up a mean ahi tuna flat bread, keeping eaters fueled up for their next strike. Pizzas like BBQ chicken and Italian beef are all $14 and under.

3. Mothership Restaurant & Bakery

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3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 629-3034
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Park View residents rave over Mothership’s Cuban Pizza, which comes with roast pork, Virginia ham, swiss, pickles, and mustard Béchamel—an ode to Chef Stephan Boillon’s early days growing up in Southern Florida. Vegetarian pizza lovers opt for the fingerling potato pizza with roasted cauliflower, swiss chard, tomato and fontina.

4. Masa 14

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1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-1414
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Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street pioneer has long been known for flatbreads, integrating its Latin-Asian fusion roots with the Pennsylvania Mushroom (
oaxaca cheese, piquillo pepper, avocado) and Pork Carnitas (smoked panela cheese, spicy crema, citrus pickled onion, rapini).

5. Liberty Tavern

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3195 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-9360
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Eater checked in with the kitchen at this longtime Wilson Boulevard staple to find out what pizza’s most popular: It’s hands down the Vermont, which has had years-long staying power on the menu and is topped with Cabot white cheddar, smoked prosciutto, caramelized onions, granny smith apples and sage. The newest pie is the Meatball, packed with pickled banana peppers and scamorza.

6. Cafe Milano

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-6183
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The pizza, topped with famous San Marzano tomatoes, is one reason D.C.’s power players keep coming back to this elite restaurant. The signature Café Milano comes with baby artichokes, seasonal mushrooms, ham and Gaeta olives. The $18 pie is dinner for a hungry senator but may be too big for the ladies who lunch.

7. Mussel Bar & Grille

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7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-7817
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Robert Weidmaier’s Bethesda establishment is known for its namesake mussels but wood fired pizzas are also hot hits. Quirky combos include Kennett Square Mushrooms with smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese arugula, and truffle essence;
 Spicy Lamb Sausage
 with Harissa tomato sauce, goat cheese, and yellow pepper; and Fennel & Pork with shaved fennel, pork sausage, and gruyere. (Multiple locations).

8. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650
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Dupont’s health conscious crowd flocks to Hotel Palomar’s upscale eatery for its gluten free lunch menu, which includes the Margherita, Quattro Stagioni (tomato, parma cotta ham, artichoke, olives, mushrooms, basil, mozzarella) or Funghi. (The gluten free crust costs $2 extra.)

9. Chef Geoff's

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3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 237-7800
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Since 2000, the Chef Geoffs brand has expanded from D.C. into Maryland and Virginia, mastering the pizza pies tucked into its diverse American menu along the way. Simple yet effective toppings like chorizo and thick cut pepperoni keep busy patrons full, from Tysons Corner to Rockville. Try them at happy hour for a discount.

10. Mad Fox Brewing Company

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444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 942-6840
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Pizza goes great with beer, and Mad Fox's pies also are an asset for the family-friendly vibe of this Falls Church bar. There's a new chef at Mad Fox, so time will tell what he does with the pizza program, but current menu offerings include The Garlic Pig (with bacon, garlic and pepperoni) and the Grand Funk (with taleggio, mushrooms and garlic).

11. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 803-8020
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Though the restaurant has seen some turnover behind its pizza oven, this Chevy Chase restaurant has maintained an entire menu section devoted to pies. Recent toppings include the artichoke, mozzarella, maitake, and olive pizza, as well as the pork sausage, smoked mozzarella, rapini and chili pie, all cooked in a wood-burning grill.

12. Arcuri

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2400 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 827-8745
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Should Arcuri be billed as a pizza place? It's debatable, but the restaurant is more of a neighborhood joint and Italian restaurant. Don't miss the pizza menu, though, with pies like the Smokey, with smoked buffalo mozzarella, guanciale, smoked pepperoni and scallions.

1. Cafe Caturra

2931 S Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22206
This Arlington wine bar keeps neighbors coming back for its red pizzas, which use San Marzana tomatoes—arguably the most flavorful kind to use. White pizzas come with mushroom and olive or fontina, garlic and chile flake.
2931 S Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22206

2. Pinstripes

3222 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
The Shops at Georgetown’s newest bowling and bocce post serves up a mean ahi tuna flat bread, keeping eaters fueled up for their next strike. Pizzas like BBQ chicken and Italian beef are all $14 and under.
3222 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. Mothership Restaurant & Bakery

3301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Park View residents rave over Mothership’s Cuban Pizza, which comes with roast pork, Virginia ham, swiss, pickles, and mustard Béchamel—an ode to Chef Stephan Boillon’s early days growing up in Southern Florida. Vegetarian pizza lovers opt for the fingerling potato pizza with roasted cauliflower, swiss chard, tomato and fontina.
3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

4. Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street pioneer has long been known for flatbreads, integrating its Latin-Asian fusion roots with the Pennsylvania Mushroom (
oaxaca cheese, piquillo pepper, avocado) and Pork Carnitas (smoked panela cheese, spicy crema, citrus pickled onion, rapini).
1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Eater checked in with the kitchen at this longtime Wilson Boulevard staple to find out what pizza’s most popular: It’s hands down the Vermont, which has had years-long staying power on the menu and is topped with Cabot white cheddar, smoked prosciutto, caramelized onions, granny smith apples and sage. The newest pie is the Meatball, packed with pickled banana peppers and scamorza.
3195 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Cafe Milano

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
The pizza, topped with famous San Marzano tomatoes, is one reason D.C.’s power players keep coming back to this elite restaurant. The signature Café Milano comes with baby artichokes, seasonal mushrooms, ham and Gaeta olives. The $18 pie is dinner for a hungry senator but may be too big for the ladies who lunch.
3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Mussel Bar & Grille

7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Robert Weidmaier’s Bethesda establishment is known for its namesake mussels but wood fired pizzas are also hot hits. Quirky combos include Kennett Square Mushrooms with smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese arugula, and truffle essence;
 Spicy Lamb Sausage
 with Harissa tomato sauce, goat cheese, and yellow pepper; and Fennel & Pork with shaved fennel, pork sausage, and gruyere. (Multiple locations).
7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

8. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Dupont’s health conscious crowd flocks to Hotel Palomar’s upscale eatery for its gluten free lunch menu, which includes the Margherita, Quattro Stagioni (tomato, parma cotta ham, artichoke, olives, mushrooms, basil, mozzarella) or Funghi. (The gluten free crust costs $2 extra.)
2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

9. Chef Geoff's

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Since 2000, the Chef Geoffs brand has expanded from D.C. into Maryland and Virginia, mastering the pizza pies tucked into its diverse American menu along the way. Simple yet effective toppings like chorizo and thick cut pepperoni keep busy patrons full, from Tysons Corner to Rockville. Try them at happy hour for a discount.
3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

10. Mad Fox Brewing Company

444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Pizza goes great with beer, and Mad Fox's pies also are an asset for the family-friendly vibe of this Falls Church bar. There's a new chef at Mad Fox, so time will tell what he does with the pizza program, but current menu offerings include The Garlic Pig (with bacon, garlic and pepperoni) and the Grand Funk (with taleggio, mushrooms and garlic).
444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

11. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
Though the restaurant has seen some turnover behind its pizza oven, this Chevy Chase restaurant has maintained an entire menu section devoted to pies. Recent toppings include the artichoke, mozzarella, maitake, and olive pizza, as well as the pork sausage, smoked mozzarella, rapini and chili pie, all cooked in a wood-burning grill.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

12. Arcuri

2400 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, D.C. 20007
Should Arcuri be billed as a pizza place? It's debatable, but the restaurant is more of a neighborhood joint and Italian restaurant. Don't miss the pizza menu, though, with pies like the Smokey, with smoked buffalo mozzarella, guanciale, smoked pepperoni and scallions.
2400 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C. 20007

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