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.Read More
Where to Find D.C.'s 25 Iconic Pizzerias
1. 2 Amys
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Georgetown's Il Canale is one of D.C.'s official, Neapolitan certified sources for Italian pizza.
13. Radius Pizza
Mount Pleasant residents count on Radius for its large slices, well-made pizzas and solid happy hour specials.
14. RedRocks FireBrick Pizzeria
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
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
Ella's, known for its wood-fired pizzas, has maintained a longtime presence in Penn Quarter.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Washington, D.C. 20009
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
Menomale's another relative newcomer which draws accolades for its Neapolitan-style pizzas.
25. Haven Pizzeria
Haven is one of the only providers of coal-fired pizza in the area.