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The best pizza in Washington, DC

Whether you prefer a cheesy, thick-crust pie or a classic Neapolitan round, here’s where to find the best pizza in Washington, DC

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Pizzeria Paradiso

From dollar slices to gourmet versions in the finest Washington, DC restaurants, pizza is ubiquitous, but which places really stand out? When the craving strikes, see below for the best pizza Washington, DC has to offer. If you’re still craving more, consult our picks of the best Italian restaurants in DC.

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The best pizza in Washington, DC

2 Amys

Critics' pick

Though you’re likely to eat your face off at 2 Amys, consider grabbing a snack beforehand: The secret is out on this Cleveland Park restaurant, and wait times can stretch over an hour. But the Neapolitan pies, which meet Italy’s precise Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) standards, are worth it. 2 Amys tends to draw a family crowd, so anticipate a seat next to a marinara-flinging toddler. Otherwise, enjoy pies like the puttanesca (tomato sauce, rapini, mozzarella, sliced garlic, anchovy and hot pepper) and stellar calzones distraction free.

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Cleveland Park

Etto

Critics' pick

The owners of 2 Amys and Garden District joined forces to open this sun-filled, high-ceilinged eatery. The 42-seat space radiates warmth (from the oak-fueled fire in the corner) and aromas of freshly milled flour (from the large hand-crank grain mill at the back of the restaurant). A charcuterie plate of house-cured meats pairs well with specialty cocktails crafted with house-made vermouth. With fluffy-yet-flat crust, a slight char, and fresh toppings, the pizzas here are easily the best in the neighborhood.

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U Street Corridor

Graffiato

Critics' pick

Graffiato opened in Chinatown in 2011 as tattooed Top Chef Mike Isabella’s debut venture. Even though the spot has been up and running for four years now, and even though Isabella has gone on to open other hot spots in and around the District, the small plates at Graffiato still pack a punch and draw huge crowds. Order a local brew or a draft Prosecco, and then try the Jersey Shore pizza—wood-fired dough teeming with crispy calamari, tomato, provolone, and a chili-flake sauce—and you’ll understand why. The salty-crispy-sweet notes in the maple-charred Brussels sprouts will play with your taste buds, as will the tender gnocchi arranged with braised pork and drizzled with a creamy burrata sauce. The charred octopus is not to be missed, nor is the bone marrow—house-made breadcrumbs, bacon, and seasonings baked into a trough of split bone. Graffiato may be Isabella’s first child, but it could easily still be our favorite.

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Penn Quarter

Menomale

Critics' pick

Before you’re handed a menu and led to your table, you’ll be greeted by a fiery host at this hidden treasure in Brookland: a gigantic, 900-degree wood-burning oven. Ettore Rusciano, an Italian pizzaiolo who owns the restaurant with his wife, Mariya, mans the behemoth, churning out Neapolitan-style pies with blistery crusts. Opt for the Chef’s Special, a harmonious blend of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto di parma, grana padano and olive oil.

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Northeast

&pizza

What started as a small pizza joint on H Street in 2012 has since grown to more than 10 storefronts across the DC area. The only thing faster than &pizza’s expansion is the speed at which it cooks its pies. The oblong gems, which are prepared assembly line-style before your eyes, take just over two minutes to crisp up in a scorching conveyor belt oven. With three different crust options, eight sauces, three cheeses and too many toppings to count—not to mention the eight signature pies—&pizza adds up to happy customers.

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H Street Corridor

Comet Ping Pong

A little off the beaten path for downtown visitors, Comet’s blistery thin-crust pizzas and warehouse chic vibe are worth the trip to upper Connecticut Avenue. A rousing game of table tennis is also a draw—the restaurant’s back room is home to several tables for ping pong. A kid-heavy crowd (watch out for flying ping pong balls) early in the evenings gives way to hipsters, artists and musicians (your server is probably at least one of those) as the night progresses. They all come for the wood-fired pizzas, with toppings like soft shell crab, smoked mozzarella and tangy sauce made from locally farmed tomatoes. Politics & Prose bookstore is nearby.

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Northwest

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

You heard the cashier right: He just asked what kind of a-BEETS you’d like. The word describes the type of Neapolitan-style pizza you’ll find around New Haven, Connecticut. It’s characterized by a thin, crispy crust and mozzarella-less toppings (though Pete’s will throw some on if you ask for it). The star of the show is New England favorite New Haven, topped with clams, garlic, oregano, olive oil and pecorino romano. 

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Columbia Heights

Wiseguy NY Pizza

If you close your eyes while eating a Wiseguy slice and imagine blaring taxi horns, you’d swear you were in the Big Apple. Wiseguy draws a mixed crowd in the wee hours for its garlic knots, white pizza and the grandpa pie—a square-shaped piece of ’za made with a slightly thicker crust that takes up to an hour to bake. It’s topped with homemade marinara, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, garlic olive oil and fresh basil.  

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Chinatown

Pizzeria Paradiso

Good quality, wood-oven pizza that keeps locals coming back for more. Expect to wait for a table, even at the larger Georgetown location. The salad of white beans and tuna, plus the antipasti plate of salami and Italian cheeses, are worth considering if pizza is not your thing. But do try the effervescent lemonade. All in all, a fun excursion.Other locations: 3282 M Street, NW, 33rd & Potomac Streets, Georgetown (1-202 337 1245).

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