Food & Drink

8 Underrated DC Pizza Joints

Published On 06/17/2015 Published On 06/17/2015
Laura Hayes/Thrillist
Radius Pizza
Mellow Mushroom
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Piola
Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza
Campono
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1. Radius Pizza 3155 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington DC, 20010 (Mt Pleasant)

At this neighborhood pizza joint, Matt Culbertson smokes his own brisket and makes his own pickles, which thankfully both ended up on this pie. We dig the Adams Mill (pies are named after nearby street names) with mozzarella, house cured bacon, Gorgonzola and spinach. Visit with friends on a Wednesdays when a pitcher and a pie are $30 and never pass up a $10 Sazerac.

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2. Mellow Mushroom 2436 18th Street NW , Washington DC, 20009 (Adams Morgan)

As the name suggests, you won’t find much unnecessary fuss at Mellow Mushroom. You will, however, find pizzas with names that remind you of that summer when you traded a meaningful internship for concerts. We’re referring to the Kosmic Karma and Magical Mystery Tour pies. And don't worry, there's lots of craft beer will help you wash down all that pizza (and all those music festival memories).

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3. City Tap House 901 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20536 (Mount Vernon Sq)

With 60+ brews available (40 via tap), City Tap House is your destination for craft beer enlightenment. With a sizable menu of bites like brick oven pizza, Craftwiches, and three different kinds of mussels, you can settle in for the long haul and taste a range of brews.

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4. Ristorante Posto 1515 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20005

A step into the threshold of this more-casual sibling to Ristorante Tosca and you’re hit with the smell of smoky embers and tomato sauce that’s been building flavor all day. The picante pizza and spugnole pasta featuring morel mushrooms and ramps are the best bets.

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5. Pizza No. 17 1523 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle)

Run by a Java Cafe owner who noticed a glaring deficiency of decent pizza between U Street and Dupont, 17 slings wood-fired 'za in a dining room lit by Mason jar lights and a large oak bar, and rocks a street-facing patio with pine benches.

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6. Piola 2208 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Piola's pizza can be delightfully simple or as luxe as a Brie cheese and beef carpaccio topped pie, but nothing tops the Ragusa pizza: a masterpiece topped with bacon rolls filled with Gorgonzola cheese. Kick back with any of Piola’s 43 thin-crust pizzas on the roof deck, or get a good deal during “pizza time,” when 12-inch pizzas are discounted to under $8 Mon-Fri from 4-6p.

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7. Ella's Wood Fired Pizza 610 9th Street NW, Washington DC, 20004 (Chinatown)

Stop by this centrally located mom-and-pop shop before or after an event at the Verizon Center for a Neapolitan pizza. Or choose from 18 signature pizzas like the Genovese with pesto, Parmesan, potatoes and prosciutto or build your own from a list of toppings that would make Giada jealous. The crust is slightly smoky thanks to the wood-burning oven, and pies are offered in 10 or 16-inch sizes.

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8. Campono 600 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20037 (Foggy Bottom)

Campono from Bob Kinkead offers 16 creative pies divided into two categories: Pizza Bianca and Pizza Rosso. Try The Levante which brings a bite of the Eastern Mediterranean with its spicy ground lamb and lamb sausage plus scallions, tomato sauce and mint. Or, traditionalists can stick to the well-executed Margherita or build their own pie.