Deep dish, thin crust, margherita — pizza comes in a variety of styles that are often popularized by region. You can get a number of toppings, but for some the only thing that matters is that it has meat. Pepperoni isn’t enough if you are looking for a meat lover’s pizza. You’ll want sausage, ham, bacon and more. For a slice or a whole pie with all the meat you love, try one of these local restaurants.
Graffiato
707 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-3600
www.graffiatodc.com

Mike Isabella has made a name for himself in the cooking world, especially on the DC food scene. His restaurants incorporate elevated casual favorites with upscale fare. At Graffiato, one of his most popular restaurants, you’ll find everything from oven roasted octopus to a caesar salad. When it comes to the pizzas on the menu, they offer simple classic pies as well as unique out of the box pies. For meat lovers, you’ll want to try “Porky’s Revenge,” which includes soppressata, pepperoni, sausage, tomato and mozzarella. The freshness of all the ingredients makes this meat lover’s pizza a must-try.

&Pizza
1250 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-1286
www.andpizza.com

Fast casual dining has taken off over the past decade, with more people opting to pay a little more for better food. Not quite sit down dining, but several steps up from fast food, you can get tasty meals the way you like it for affordable prices. &Pizza applied the “build your own” model to pizza, and pizza lovers have been lined up every since. Meat lovers love the “Maverick,” which comes with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, tomato sauce, pesto and parmesan. And when you are feeling like having even more meat you can add bacon and beef meatballs. Try the Maverick or build your own meat lover’s pizza.

2Amys Pizza
3715 Macomb St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700
www.2amysdc.com

2Amys is always on a best list for best pizzas in the district. 15 years since they opened their doors, the first D.O.C (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) certified pizzeria in the area is still gaining loyal fans. With a glass of wine from their wine bar and a slice of pizza you’ll want to start planning your trip to Italy. You’ll want to try all the different pizzas on the menu, but if you want some meat, try the Ripieno Extra. It’s a stuffed pizza with ricotta, grana, salami, prosciutto, pancetta and tomato. Have pizza the way it’s meant to be.

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We, The Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4008
www.wethepizza.com

At We, The Pizza, you can get a “Pepperoni Pi” full of pepperoni, “Capitol Supreme” with sausage and pepperoni, and “Colletti’s Notorius BBQ Pie” with pulled pork. Those are each great pizzas, but when it comes to meat, they are known for “The Butcher’s Block.” This meat lover’s pizza comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ham and applewood smoked bacon. It will satisfying your meat craving and your taste buds.

Vace
3315 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 363-1999
www.vaceitaliandeli.com

You can now order pizza via social media. That sounds like a great thing for when you’ve had a long day and don’t feel like moving from the couch, but convenience usually doesn’t result in the best quality. For quality food and personal customer service, you’ll can go to your local family pizza shop. Even better, you can go to Vace, an Italian deli that has been around for 40 years. Your pizza will have the freshest ingredients that you can also get at the market. Load your pizza with sausage, sopressata salami, pepperoni, ham, genoa salami, meatball and capicola. Make the meat lover’s pizza of your dreams.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.