Best Brick Oven Pizzas In DC

August 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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While DC may be in no shortage of pizza shops, any real foodie knows that not all pizzas are made equal. When it comes to brick-oven style pizza, it’s easy to go awry with overcooked burnt crusts, inadequate cheese and less-than-fresh ingredients. Luckily these five pizza restaurants respect the art of brick-oven pizza creation and offer up some of the tastiest pies in the District. Whether you are looking for local fresh ingredients, vegetarian options or the authentic hand-tossed pizza style, these pizzerias are primed to satisfy your every pizza desire.
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District of Pi
910 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-5484

The sign in front says it all: “Pizza and Beer.” District of Pi is here to serve your every hunger and thirst need with a wide variety of pizzas and beers. With some of the heartiest deep-dish pizzas in the city, District of Pi relies on quality sustainable ingredients. The creative menu features appetizers, salads, deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas. But the deep-dish pizzas steal the show. With a crust so thick it is more of a bread bowl containing the mouthwatering ingredients, the deep-dish pizzas will satisfy even the most elite pizza connoisseur. The delicious and popular Kirkwood deep-dish pizza features mozzarella, hormone-free pork and beef meatballs, red peppers and basil is also affordable — a small is $18 and a large is $24. But if meats and cheeses are not your style, District of Pi also offers delectable vegan and gluten-free menu options to satisfy anyone’s cravings.

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Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza
901 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-3434

Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza offers the traditional tastes of wood-fired pizza with the freshest of simple ingredients. Committed to the Neopolitan-style thin-crust pizza, Ella’s brings old-world Italy to the District. Though simple ingredients are the driving force at Ella’s, the pizzas are far from simple. With one of the most extensive pizza menus in the District, Ella’s aims to satisfy even the pickiest pizza foodies. Fresh mozzarella, whole basil leaves and housemade sauce give these pizzas a personal touch. The crust captures the smokiness of the wood-fired oven. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the crust is chewy so you can savor every bite. Oozing with thick chunks of fresh mozzarella, each slice is so lovingly slathered with cheese that you feel spoiled and pampered. One of the most luxurious pizzas on the menu is the Wild Mushroom with tomato sauce, goat cheese, wild mushrooms and spinach, a small is $14 and a large is $28. Ella’s also serves the more selective pizza eater with gluten-free and vegan options. The District’s authentic-Italian seekers will be delightfully satisfied with the decadent wood-fire offerings at Ella’s.

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Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
1400 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-7383

Pete’s believes that a good brick-oven charred crust is the staple of any good pizza. Whether you just need a quick slice, around $2 to $3, or a whole pie, around $18 to $25, Pete’s three locations in Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights and Clarendon are there to meet your needs. The best part about pizza by the slice is the ability to sample the different menu options, and Pete’s has quite the selection of specialty pizzas. From the Wooster Square with broccoli, hot sausage and soppressata to the newest Long Wharf, a white pizza with local Chesapeake clams, shrimp, basil pesto, red onions, garlic and lemon oil, Pete’s has the most eclectic specialty pizzas in the District. With a commitment to local ingredient producers, Pete’s calls on a local co-op for its cheeses, local farms for its meats and local fisherman for its specialty Chesapeake seafood offerings. Bringing the distinct New Haven style of crispy, charred crust to the DC pizza scene, Pete’s Apizza is dedicated to being your go-to neighborhood spot for pizza and beer.

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Pizzeria Paradiso
2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-1245

With three locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Old Town, Pizzeria Paradiso is serving pizza foodies across the District. An extensive beer list accompanies the pizza dishes at Paradiso, making it a true pizza-lover’s paradise. With options for vegans or whole-wheat crust for no extra charge, Paradiso accommodates all appetites. All of Paradiso’s pizzas rely on traditional Italian toppings including pecorino, parmesan, peppers, zucchini, salami, pepperoni and more. Paradiso serves these toppings over its secret-recipe homemade Paradiso tomato sauce and lots of mozzarella cheese. With a chewy crust, delicious sauce and oozing cheese, any selection on the Paradiso menu is sure to be delicious. The Napoletana combines old-world Italian charm and traditional flavors to brick-oven style crust with its special Paradiso tomato sauce, basil, anchovies, capers and mozzarella. A popular pizza spot, Pizzeria Paradiso’s indoor and outdoor dining areas fill up quickly and it doesn’t take reservations, so come early to score a table and delicious pizza dinner.

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Seventh Hill
327 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1911

Using District neighborhoods for the names of the pizzas on the menu, Seventh Hill adds a personal DC touch to its brick-oven pizza style. Keeping the pizza simple with pizzas, sandwiches, beer and wine, Seventh Hill has a cool, laid-back pizzeria vibe with a delicious menu. The Potomac Ave substitutes a light olive-oil base for the traditional tomato sauce and adds mozzarella, parmesan, felino salami, arugula and pecorino. The Eastern Market opts for tomato, goat cheese, fresh herbs, tapenade and fresh mushrooms. The personal size 8-inch pizzas are around $11 and the large 12-inch pizzas are around $17. All pizzas are hand-tossed in front of you as you order. With a wide variety of toppings and specialty pies, bubbly soft thin crust and a low-key vibe, Seventh Hill is a great spot for any pizza enthusiast.

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Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on

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