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Where to Find D.C.'s 25 Iconic Pizzerias

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It's always hard to narrow down the field of best, favorite or most memorable D.C. pizza restaurants. This map of 25 of the city's iconic pizza joints aims to reflect a mix of critically-acclaimed pizzerias, beloved neighborhood joints from a variety of areas, restaurants with history and purveyors of several different styles . Feel free to share other favorites in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 2 Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 885-5700
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At one point, 2 Amys was considered the only game in town when it came to great D.C. pizzay. The Neapolitan style pizzeria is beloved for its small plates as well (the pizza nowadays can occasionally be divisive, though still claims ardent fans).

2. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza

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5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
(571) 312-7230
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Pupatella may have humble roots (it was originally a food cart in Ballston) but its reputation has only grown since. The Neapolitan pizza is officially certified and widely praised.

3. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

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1400 Irving St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 332-7383
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New Haven, Connecticut, has a style of pizza iconic enough to be considered its own entity. Pete's New Haven in D.C. (now with several locations) pays tribute to that style, and its clam-topped variety is a particular favorite.

4. Ledo Pizza (the Original)

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4509 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 422-8122
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Not everyone is a fan, but if D.C. can claim its own style of pizza, Ledo has it covered. The square-shaped pie with the cracker thin crust is available in College Park. The chain has expanded, but no pie matches the one made at the original.

5. Pizzeria Paradiso

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3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-1245
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Pizzeria Paradiso is one of D.C.'s long-lasting examples of good pizza. The pies are individual and wood-fired: try the Atomica, with red pepper flakes, salami and kalamata olives. The restaurant, now with three locations, also prides itself on a solid beer selection.

6. Wiseguy NY Pizza

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-7800
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Even though it's only been open for a little over a year, Wiseguy has already made a name for itself for being the closest thing D.C. can get to a New York-style pizzeria, complete with thin crust slices, garlic knots and Sicilian pies.

7. H &pizza

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1118 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 733-1285
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H &pizza was on the forefront of the fast casual pizza trend that has been making waves lately in Washington. It has since expanded, with several more lease (new pizzerias are simply called &pizza).

8. Pizzeria Orso

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400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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Pizzeria Orso is an ambitious pizzeria in Falls Church, serving up individual pies with high-quality ingredients. The restaurant is known for its generous specials, well-composed salads and interesting pizzas, including the Big Country breakfast pizza.

9. Vace Italian Delicatessen & Homemade Pasta

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3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 369-1999
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The simple thin-crust pizza draws many fans to the combination pizzeria and Italian ingredient store in Cleveland Park. Some take the dough home themselves to try their hand at the pizza.

10. Seventh Hill

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327 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-1911
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Seventh Hill is a pizza favorite among Capitol Hill residents and Eastern Market visitors alike. The restaurant's menu of wood-fired pizzas isn't extensive but the results are satisfying.

11. The Italian Store

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3123 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-6266
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The Italian Store tends to draw lines for its hoagies, but its thin-crust pizza also is respected by many fans. A second location will open in Westover this year.

12. Il Canale

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1063 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-4444
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Georgetown's Il Canale is one of D.C.'s official, Neapolitan certified sources for Italian pizza.

13. Radius Pizza

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3155 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 234-0202
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Mount Pleasant residents count on Radius for its large slices, well-made pizzas and solid happy hour specials.

14. RedRocks FireBrick Pizzeria

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1036 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 506-1402
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Redrocks, an early arrival to the Columbia Heights restaurant scene, has since expanded to Alexandria, H Street and Arlington. lts pies are individually sized, and there are plenty of beers for pairing with the pizza.

15. We, The Pizza

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305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-4008
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We the Pizza was Spike Mendelsohn's second restaurant concept to debut in D.C., and it has since expanded to Arlington. Pie toppings range from buffalo chicken to a Greek medley of toppings (they also have a Sicilian pie).

16. Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza

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610 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 638-3434
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Ella's, known for its wood-fired pizzas, has maintained a longtime presence in Penn Quarter.

17. Graffiato

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707 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 289-3600
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Graffiato serves up pizza and other Italian dishes in a comfortable environment. Mike Isabella's pies include one that's a tribute to his native New Jersey.

18. Rustico

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827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 224-5051
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Rustico (two locations from Neighborhood Restaurant Group) draws praise for its individual pies and beer selection, and was also one of the first places around to offer a stellar gluten-free pie.

19. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

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713 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 289-4441
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Matchbox has grown extensively from its original Chinatown location to several others. Embraced for its thin-crust pizzas like the spicy fire and smoke, the restaurant's miniburgers are also beloved.

20. Comet Ping Pong

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5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 364-0404
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Comet is known for its thin-crust, seasonal pies, its kid-friendly atmosphere and of course, for the fact customers can play ping pong there.

21. Etto

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1541 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 232-0920
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Of the many, many pizza destinations to open in 2013, two have stood out as customer favorites. One is Etto, which shares an owner with 2Amys. Beyond Neapolitan-style pizza, Etto offers anchovies and salumi.

22. Ghibellina

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 803-2389
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Ghibellina's Italian pies, such as the sausage-topped Salsicce e Cipolla, have been a 2013 favorite. Customers are given pizza shears to cut their own pies.

23. Pizza Mart

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2445 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-9700

Love it or hate it, it isn't a conversation about D.C. pizza without a mention of Jumbo Slice, Adams Morgan's iconic late night hangout. Millions of drunk D.C. residents have scarfed down a giant piece of pizza over the years (rumor has it some people even eat it sober).

24. Menomalé Pizza Napoletana

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2711 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 248-3946
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Menomale's another relative newcomer which draws accolades for its Neapolitan-style pizzas.

25. Haven Pizzeria

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7137 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301) 664-9412
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Haven is one of the only providers of coal-fired pizza in the area.

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1. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

At one point, 2 Amys was considered the only game in town when it came to great D.C. pizzay. The Neapolitan style pizzeria is beloved for its small plates as well (the pizza nowadays can occasionally be divisive, though still claims ardent fans).

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

2. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza

5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

Pupatella may have humble roots (it was originally a food cart in Ballston) but its reputation has only grown since. The Neapolitan pizza is officially certified and widely praised.

5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

3. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

1400 Irving St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

New Haven, Connecticut, has a style of pizza iconic enough to be considered its own entity. Pete's New Haven in D.C. (now with several locations) pays tribute to that style, and its clam-topped variety is a particular favorite.

1400 Irving St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

4. Ledo Pizza (the Original)

4509 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740

Not everyone is a fan, but if D.C. can claim its own style of pizza, Ledo has it covered. The square-shaped pie with the cracker thin crust is available in College Park. The chain has expanded, but no pie matches the one made at the original.

4509 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740

5. Pizzeria Paradiso

3282 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Pizzeria Paradiso is one of D.C.'s long-lasting examples of good pizza. The pies are individual and wood-fired: try the Atomica, with red pepper flakes, salami and kalamata olives. The restaurant, now with three locations, also prides itself on a solid beer selection.

3282 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

6. Wiseguy NY Pizza

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Even though it's only been open for a little over a year, Wiseguy has already made a name for itself for being the closest thing D.C. can get to a New York-style pizzeria, complete with thin crust slices, garlic knots and Sicilian pies.

300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. H &pizza

1118 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

H &pizza was on the forefront of the fast casual pizza trend that has been making waves lately in Washington. It has since expanded, with several more lease (new pizzerias are simply called &pizza).

1118 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Pizzeria Orso

400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Pizzeria Orso is an ambitious pizzeria in Falls Church, serving up individual pies with high-quality ingredients. The restaurant is known for its generous specials, well-composed salads and interesting pizzas, including the Big Country breakfast pizza.

400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

9. Vace Italian Delicatessen & Homemade Pasta

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

The simple thin-crust pizza draws many fans to the combination pizzeria and Italian ingredient store in Cleveland Park. Some take the dough home themselves to try their hand at the pizza.

3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

10. Seventh Hill

327 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Seventh Hill is a pizza favorite among Capitol Hill residents and Eastern Market visitors alike. The restaurant's menu of wood-fired pizzas isn't extensive but the results are satisfying.

327 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

11. The Italian Store

3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

The Italian Store tends to draw lines for its hoagies, but its thin-crust pizza also is respected by many fans. A second location will open in Westover this year.

3123 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Il Canale

1063 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Georgetown's Il Canale is one of D.C.'s official, Neapolitan certified sources for Italian pizza.

1063 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Radius Pizza

3155 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Mount Pleasant residents count on Radius for its large slices, well-made pizzas and solid happy hour specials.

3155 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

14. RedRocks FireBrick Pizzeria

1036 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Redrocks, an early arrival to the Columbia Heights restaurant scene, has since expanded to Alexandria, H Street and Arlington. lts pies are individually sized, and there are plenty of beers for pairing with the pizza.

1036 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

15. We, The Pizza

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

We the Pizza was Spike Mendelsohn's second restaurant concept to debut in D.C., and it has since expanded to Arlington. Pie toppings range from buffalo chicken to a Greek medley of toppings (they also have a Sicilian pie).

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza

610 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Ella's, known for its wood-fired pizzas, has maintained a longtime presence in Penn Quarter.

610 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

17. Graffiato

707 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Graffiato serves up pizza and other Italian dishes in a comfortable environment. Mike Isabella's pies include one that's a tribute to his native New Jersey.

707 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

18. Rustico

827 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314

Rustico (two locations from Neighborhood Restaurant Group) draws praise for its individual pies and beer selection, and was also one of the first places around to offer a stellar gluten-free pie.

827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, VA 22314

19. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

713 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Matchbox has grown extensively from its original Chinatown location to several others. Embraced for its thin-crust pizzas like the spicy fire and smoke, the restaurant's miniburgers are also beloved.

713 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

20. Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Comet is known for its thin-crust, seasonal pies, its kid-friendly atmosphere and of course, for the fact customers can play ping pong there.

5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

21. Etto

1541 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Of the many, many pizza destinations to open in 2013, two have stood out as customer favorites. One is Etto, which shares an owner with 2Amys. Beyond Neapolitan-style pizza, Etto offers anchovies and salumi.

1541 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

22. Ghibellina

1610 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Ghibellina's Italian pies, such as the sausage-topped Salsicce e Cipolla, have been a 2013 favorite. Customers are given pizza shears to cut their own pies.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

23. Pizza Mart

2445 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009