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The best pizza in 11 different DC 'hoods

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014
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1. 2 Amys 3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

There’s only one 2Amys, which opened in 2001 as DC’s first D.O.C. certified pizzeria, meaning that its Neapolitan pizza is authentic and adheres to rigorous requirements of ingredients and methods of preparation. With elements like Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di Bufala, and extra-virgin olive oil, 2Amys pizzas are also Delicious Of Course. Try a Vongole pizza with garlic, capers, parsley, hot pepper, and cockles, or a Calabrese with tomato, onions, anchovies, fresh mozzarella, parsley, and olives and finish your meal up with homemade ice creams and sorbets. The restaurant is charming with coffered ceilings, lemon yellow walls, and delicate ceiling fans -- a perfect spot for the whole family.

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2. SeventhHill 327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

A charming little nook of a restaurant just steps from Eastern Market, 7th Hill isn’t shy about its love for its city. Each pie is named for a DC neighborhood, like the "Navy Yard", with smoky Toulouse sausage, oregano, and pecorino or the "Barracks Row", with red onions and spinach.

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3. &pizza 1250 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

&pizza is a hip mini chain, with locations scattered all across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Get artisanal slices any way you like 'em, made with fresh ingredients (and unlimited toppings for a set price!). Spicy, vegan, plain old cheese: you name it, &pizza will toss it.

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4. Duccini's 1778 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Duccini's is a small neighborhood pizza joint in Adams Morgan, rumored to have the best jumbo slice in DC. The pizza here is no-frills and reasonably priced. If you're in the mood for a late night bite, stop by after 11pm top get a 14'' pie for $9.99.

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5. Etto 1541 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

From the folks behind 2 Amys and Standard, this pizza place is old-fashioned in more than just its name -- Etto is using old-school tools, including a giant, wooden flour mill, to churn out delicious pizzas, breads, and pies. Freshly ground flour really has the effect of making an insanely good crust, slightly sweet and slightly charred. There are usually around 10 pizzas on the menu, but don’t even bother looking at it. They're great, but the pro move here is to go straight for the Daily Special pizza, whatever it is. Designed to highlight local, seasonal produce, the pies feature the freshest ingredients in amazing flavor combinations.

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6. Il Canale 1063 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Georgetown’s il Canale specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, relying on imported Italian ingredients, including mozzarella di bufala, San Marzano tomatoes, and 00 flour. Its gourmet pizzas get blasted in a wood-fired oven imported straight from Naples, and the result is a crispy, chewy, yeasty crust with perfect bubbly char. Keep in mind this is true Napoletana style, so if you’re not a folder, these are definitely knife and fork affairs. This modern, two-story 150-seater has a neon-lit bar downstairs and seating on both levels.

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7. Menomale 2711 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20018 (Noma)

Menomale is a low-key pizzeria in a low-key neighborhood. The owners of the Brookland spot are certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, which means their Neapolitan-style pizzas are recognized by the pizza-making authorities in Naples as legitimate. Everything about Menomale's pies is Italian -- the ingredients are sourced from the Campania region and the toppings include the likes of prosciutto, porcini mushrooms, and Italian sausage. The menu also includes sandwiches made with pizza dough, calzones, and gluten-free crust options.

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8. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza 1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Columbia Heights)

Pete's, a casual pizza joint in Columbia Heights, has fast service and good prices. Pro tip: the full pies, rather than pre-cut slices, are best here. So you might need to bring some friends to share with. Or not.

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9. Pizza Parts & Service 1320 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Brought to you by the Taylor Gourmet gang, Pizza Parts & Service is assembling homemade pizza with the same quality ingredients you've come to expect from those guys -- go ahead and pick up a slice (or a whole pie) topped with Genoa salami, soppressata, bacon, red onions, mushrooms, cherry peppers, and fresh mozzarella.

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10. Pizzeria Paradiso 2003 P St, Washington, DC 20036 (Washington Dc)

Paradiso has been around for over two decades and has expanded to three locations. Its success is due to a couple of factors, the first being slinging quality Neapolitan-style pies, such as the ever-popular Atomica, with spicy salami, pepper flakes, and sweet pickled olives. The second reason is that Paradiso is also a killer beer bar, with dozens of crafts from around the world to choose from.

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11. Wiseguy NY Pizza 300 Massachusetts Ave NW , Washington DC, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

New York-style pizza is its own animal, and here in DC, only Wiseguy NY Pizza in the Mount Vernon Triangle manages to replicate it. It imports its Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil from Italy; makes its own marinara sauce from canned tomatoes imported from Italy; and, best of all, uses a specialized filtration process (seriously) to replicate New York water, which serious pizza aficionados consider essential to the New York slice. The tin-cieling'd parlor features plenty of knickknacks like a prominently displayed tommy gun, part of a collection of Big Apple nods including black and white city photos, an old-timey radio, and a 7ft replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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