District of Pi, Downtown: For DC’s best deep dish pizza, this is your spot. Their decadent pizzas have a thick, flavorful dough, are covered in cheese, and loads of fresh toppings. The Berkeley has a chunky tomato sauce, meaty mushrooms, olives, garlic, zucchini, mozzarella, and bell peppers. Equally as fabulous is the Western Addition, which has a sinfully creamy ricotta, feat, and spinach sauce. Deep dish pizzas cost between $15-$21, and can easily be shared by two people.
Pizza Paradiso, Dupont Circle: This place is so popular, it’s nearly impossible to avoid waiting for a table, which lets you know how delicious their pizzas are. The combination of a good yeast dough and high end ingredients is what makes their pizzas so irresistible. Try the Bosco with spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella, and red onion or the Genovese with pesto and potatoes! Pizzas come in two sizes; most smalls are around $13 while larges are about $19.
Etto, Logan Circle With unique options such as a Roasted Cauliflower pizza and the Cotechino pizza with Fontina cheese and a whole egg, Etto has got quite a reputation for providing unique pizzas to hungry DC patrons. They have a small menu, and pizzas are pricey, but the pies are big enough to share and the bright, cheerful atmosphere makes this a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy some great pizza!
2 Amys, Cleveland Park: Crusty pizza pies with heaps of mozzarella and fresh whole basil leaves is one of the many descriptions which can be attributed to the perfect Margherita pizza at Two Amy’s. Famous for their Neopolitan pizzas, which are all under $14, Two Amy’s is a local legend, which explains why it is always packed. Whether you stick with the classic Margherita, or one of their many other choices, you will not be disappointed.
Il Canale, Georgetown: An upscale venue with brick walls and dark furnishings, Il Canale is a romantic, leisurely Italian restaurant specializing in pizza. The gourmet thin crusted pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven imported from Italy. The menu features several pizzas made with tomato sauce, as well as some bianca pizzas. In warm weather sit upstairs on their lovely terrace! Individual pizzas range from $12-18. The restaurant also offers a make-your-own antipasto plate which is great as an appetizer.
Vapiano, Chinatown: A European chain, Vapiano’s brings an interesting new concept to D.C. Patrons get a card, upon arrival, and with that card can order drinks at the bar, or pizza at the food counter. The card is swiped and guests pay off their card at the end. This process has two advantages: one, it saves time. Rather than having people look for cash, wait impatiently for staff to run their cards or get change, bartenders just swipe the card allowing for quick service. The downfall: you may not realize how much you are spending! Regardless of how much you spend, you will not regret sampling their delicious pizza. The best pizza is the Roasted garlic & Tomato pizza, which is topped with goat cheese. The tangy goat cheese, sweet tomato, and garlic are delicious, and the crunchy crust adds just the right amount of texture. Pizzas are all under $12, making this one of the least expensive places in town!
Ella’s, Penn Quarter: Ella’s has an extensive menu with salads, pastas, calzones, appetizers and more, but what they do best is pizza. Rather than stick with the traditional tomato sauce, Ella’s uses a variety of different sauces on their pizzas such as a roasted garlic puree on the Bosco pizza, sun-dried tomato puree on the Verdura, and pesto on their Genovese. Most of their small pies are $15 and large are $30. Come during happy hour for $6 7 inch pizzas!
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, Columbia Heights: The ultimate in terms of casual, guests at Pete’s order at the counter and can choose slices of ready-made pizza or order whole pizzas. Pizzas at Pete’s are New Haven style, which means that they have medium thick crusts and are cooked in a wood-fire oven. Pete’s offers pies with unique combinations such as the new Haven Green, with artichoke hearts, sautéed spinach, oven dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. 18 inch whole pizzas are approximately $25.
Red Rocks, H Street Corridor: Red Rock's offers nearly 20 different kinds of pizzas, so there is something for everyone. Mushroom pizza, Roasted Eggplant pizza, Puttanesca pizza, and even a Kale & Sweet Potato pizza, you name it they have it. All of their wood-fired pizzas are delicious so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong choice. Pizzas range from $11-16, but you can come at lunch time for a pizza and soda for $10. Pizzas choices are limited at lunch though, so dinner may be the preferred option!
Pacci’s, Silver Spring: The handcrafted pizzas at Pacci’s are a real delight, with sweet san marzano tomato sauce, a chewy crust, a variety of cheeses and loads of different toppings. The restaurant also has almost a dozen white pizzas, which is something that sets it apart from some of the other pizzerias in the area. Try the Tartufo, with provolone, mushrooms, basil, and decadent truffle oil. None of Pacci’s pizzas are more than $14.
Pizzeria Orso, Fall’s Church: Serving authentic thin crust Neopolitan pizzas, this is the spot in Virginia to satisfy your pizza craving. Pizza choices range from the classic Fileto, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, to the Fun Guy, with mushrooms and three cheeses, to the really unusual, like the Smashing Pumpkin, which is made with a cream sauce, three cheeses, and pumpkin. All the pizzas are finished with a drizzle of olive oil, as they are in Italy. Pizzas range from $9-$17.
Mia’s Pizzas, Bethesda: Thin, crispy, chewy crusts cooked in a wood fire oven and topped with rich tomato sauce and difference cheeses makes Mia’s pizzas the best in Bethesda, Maryland. The Margarita, topped with large circles of chewy buffalo mozzarella and fresh, fragrant basil, is perfect in its simplicity. The Arrabbiata is great for those who like their pizza with a kick. Red pepper flakes bring heat to the flavorful pizza which is also covered in oven roasted veggies like mushrooms and zucchini, juicy cherry tomatoes, and three different cheeses. For cheese lovers, try the Formaggio, where the pizza dough is smothered in mozzarella, fontina, pecorino, gorgonzola and parmesan. With a casual, pizza parlor interior, and a relaxing outdoor patio, Mia’s Pizzas is a great spot to satisfy a pizza craving. Don’t forget to try one of their homemade cupcakes for dessert! Individual pizzas are $12.95.