Washingtonians come from all over the US and the world. It’s no surprise that they won’t settle for just any pie. DC pizza ranges from the most meticulous ingredients to the bizarrely topped. There’s even dessert pizza. Sink your teeth into these top five creative pizza places.
2 Amy’s Pizzeria
3715 Macomb St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
2 Amy’s Pizzeria is one of the most authentic Neapolitan pizza places in the Washington, DC region. From its wood-fired oven to its D.O.C. ingredients indicating that they came from a certain region in Italy, this neighborhood family restaurant is one of the most popular places in town. For those that like it authentic, the pizza D.O.C. uses only certified authentic ingredients. The pizzas are simple to allow the taste to come through. Try the marinara which has no cheese, only tomato, garlic and oregano. Don’t be afraid to ask your server if there’s an ingredient you’ve never heard of, like grana, which is a parmesan-like cheese sprinkled on top. There are seasonal specials that are featured on the daily menu and if you want your pizza sliced, be sure to ask for it as it is only sliced on request.
707 6th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Harkening back to Mike Isabella’s roots, Graffiato is the place for the most creative pizza concoctions in DC. Using the finest seasonal ingredients with many being sourced locally, chef Isabella has created farm-to-oven pizzas that are creatively named and perfectly paired. For the mushroom lover, try the countryman, which is scented with black truffle, topped with fontina cheese and a soft farm egg in the middle to complement, but not overpower the truffle. Meat lovers with want the porky’s revenge, which is sopressata, pepperoni and sausage on top of a red sauce base with mozzarella. The Jersey Shore is a perfectly executed red pizza that is topped with provolone, pieces of fried calamari and then doused with a cherry pepper aioli for a crunchy, garlicky perfection. Veggie lovers will want the farmer Charlie that is topped with ramps and wild greens.
2003 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Not your everyday pizzeria, the pizzas at Pizza Paradiso offer lots of great choices from seafood to vegan in elevated cuisine that is paired perfectly with craft and microbrew beers. Start with a choice in sizes between the eight-inch or 12-inch. There are perfectly crafted pizzas ready to order like the di mare—meaning from the sea—that starts with tomato sauce with minced garlic, parmesan and parsley, and then adds mussels on top. There’s also the bottargo, which starts with the same base as the di mare, but instead of mussels, add bottarga, a cured fish roe, and egg. Or you could always put together your own creation with fresh veggies and meats like bresaola, lamb sausage or Parma ham. Cheese ranges from the mozzarella standard to feta, goat cheese, gorgonzola and vegan mozzarella.
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8113 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Nestled among the Ethiopian restaurants in Silver Spring, Pacci’s is the Italian favorite for amazing wood-burning oven pizza. Using imported Italian ingredients, Pacci’s serves up Neapolitan pizza ranging from the familiar red pizzas like the margarita to the more ornate quattro stagioni—meaning four seasons—with fresh mozzarella, mushroom, ham and salami with cherry tomatoes on top. Not to be ignored are the white pizzas, which are made without the San Marzano red sauce. Try the ‘a paisana with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, arugula and shaved parmesan with fresh basil.
1118 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
In the hip Atlas District, a new type of pie has emerged. The rectangular-shaped pizzas at H &pizza feature housemade mozzarella on traditional, whole wheat or multigrain breads and an array of toppings. These reasonably priced pizzas are popular with the picky crowd because you can top it as you’d like with proteins ranging from the usual pepperoni to veal and pork meatballs, shrimp or farm eggs. There’s even salsa verde and pickled red onions available. Having trouble deciding what to go for? Don’t worry, there’s already crafted suggestions. Can’t decide between two? Go halfsies and try them both. And don’t forget the dessert pizza with Nutella topped with strawberries, powdered sugar and pecans with gorgeous floral-shaped sweet ricotta buttons on top.
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