Best Pizza in DC

Timber Pizza (photo by Barred in DC)

Updated August 28, 2020

[See other Barred in DC Food lists here]

Nearly everyone loves pizza, though people are skeptical often about pizza in DC. I think the average slice is just average or worse, but there are some great ones. A Twitter follower posed this question: “Any ideas for pizza delivery in DC that isn’t personal sized or deep dish or Detroit? I swear I’m not picky – just want a plain ole pie” and roughly 120 replies later, here we are. I’ve expanded list to include spots that were mentioned that didn’t answer the question (in typical Twitter fashion) but were good pizzas. (Note: I’ve only eaten from half of these spots, so this list is a combination of crowd-sourced popular acclamation and personal experience).

Those in red are particular ones mentioned by many and/or Barred in DC pick.

Traditional NY Style Pizza

Prices for 1 topping pizza (size indicated). Not including tip + tax.

Cheap For DC 

These are not necessarily better than all the ones listed below, but have the best value proposition.

  • Duccini’s Pizza (Adams Morgan)
    • Order online (in-house) or call. Available via Grubhub (no fee?)
    • Delivery w/in 2-3 miles (appears to deliver as far east as 6th St NW and far west as 26th St NW. As far north as Monroe St NW). Free delivery.
    • $13.99 (12″), $15.29 (14″), $16.59 (16″)
    • Slices available in person. Since 1988. Top choice by many.
  • Pizza D’Oro (Shaw, Columbia Heights)
    • Order online or via DC To GoGo App
    • Delivery zones- Shaw (20004, 20005, 20036(?) 20009, 20008, 20001, 20002 (not past 4th st NE), Col. Heights (20010, 20012, 20011, 20008, 20017)
    • $10.34 (10″), $12.54 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $15.94 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person
  • Angelico La Pizzeria (Tenleytown, Shepherd Park., Glover Park, MtP)
    • Order Online
    • $10.49 (10″), $15.49 (14″), $18 (16″) $2 delivery fee
    • Slices available in person
  • Sicilian Pizza (Trinidad/off H St)
    • Order online or via BeyondMenu app
    • Delivery w/in 2.5 miles; $3 delivery fee. Serves most of Capitol Hill.
    • $12.49 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $16.99 (16″)
    • slices may be available in-person
  • Mama’s Kitchen and Pizza (Anacostia)
    • Order online, via Slice App, UberEats, Grubhub
    • Delivery $2-3 fee (much of east of the river, Navy Yard, The Wharf)
    • $11.74 (12″), $15.24 (14″), $17.49 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person

More Typical Price for DC

  • Wiseguy Pizza (PQ/Chinatown, Navy Yard, Foggy Bottom-currently closed)
    • Order online or via app for Pickup (Curbside Carryout)
    • Delivery via Grubhub (Navy Yard only).
    • $23 pickup / $30 delivery (18″)
    • Slices (possibly not now or only in-person)
    • Most mentioned
  • We The Pizza (Capitol Hill)
    • Order online (Curbside pickup or delivery)/ $2 delivery fee
    • $20 (14″), $22 (16″) (including most specialty)
    • $4.50 Slices available via pickup/delivery
    • One of most mentioned
  • Andy’s Pizza (Shaw/U St, Navy Yard from Atlas Brew Works)
    • Order online (Online-Shaw, Toast-Navy Yard) or in person at Atlas. Shaw is closed M-Tue.
    • Delivery available from Shaw online-Fee roughly $2-7 based on distance
    • $24 (18″)
    • $4 slices
  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab. Free delivery
    • $19 (Smaller), $22 (large)
    • Brooklyn, Napoli, Sicilian, Detroit, Chicago Styles available (see below)

Pickup Only (Apparently not NY-Style, but super cheap)

  • Vace Italian Deli (Cleveland Park) 
    • Order in-person or call 202-363-1999
    • $12.25 (14″), $14.50 (16″)
    • $2.50 slices.
    • Since 1976. Not open for Sun dinner

Others Mentioned More Than Once: Ledo, Pizza Walay

Non-NY Style or Sit-Down Spots

Neopolitan(ish)

  • Timber Pizza (Petworth)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in, though normally). Hellbender weekly for mobile takeout and other places around town. Mobile ovens at farmers markets
    • Delivery via Caviar (15% service fee, free delivery usually)
    • $14.50 (10″)
    • Neapolitan-ish style
  • 2 Amy’s (Cathedral Heights)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in)
    • No Delivery
    • $16.50 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Georgetown, Spring Valley)
    • Order online for pickup (Dine-in/patio avaialble)
    • Delivery (UberEats-Dupont, Spring Valley/Georgetown-Doordash). 15% service charge, $2-3 fee
    • $14 (9″), $20 (12″) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan style
  • Stellina Pizzeria (Union Market Area/NoMa)
    •  Order online (Toast)/in-person for pickup (outdoor seating now available, indoor normally; counter ordering)
    • Delivery (DoorDash/Caviar). 12% service charge
    • $15 (10″)
    • “Neo-Neapolitan”
  • Menomale (Brookland)
    • Order online for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery does not appear to be available even by 3rd party app
    • $14 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan  (DOP certified)
  • Etto (14th St/Logan)
    • Order online for pickup (no dine-in right now)
    • Delivery (ChohNow)
    • $17 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan-style
    • Closed Mondays/Tuesdays

Detroit Style

  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab
    • Pickup and Delivery
    • $25 Detroit
    • Also $28 Brooklyn, $28 Napoli-Nonna, $24 Sicilian, $34 Chicago Deep Dish
  • Ivy & Coney (Shaw)
    • Order Online and DC To Go-Go app for pickup and delivery (dine-in not available now)
    • $5 delivery fee
    • $16 Detroit pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Red Light (14th Street)
    • Order via Caviar, DoorDash Grubhub for pickup or delivery (dine-in may be available for now)
    • $13 Detroit Pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Emmy Squared (Shaw)
    • Order Online for pickup (normally dine-in, but not now)
    • Delivery (UberEats-$2 delivery, 15% service fee, Caviar-free delivery, 12% service fee)
    • Mostly around $16-18 for Detroit-style

Other Style

  • All Purpose (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Order online (ToastTab) for pickup (or outdoor dining at Navy Yard)
    • Delivery (DoorDash / Caviar). $3-4 delivery fee, 12% service charge.
    • $18-20 (12″)
    • Jersey-Style, deck-oven
  • Comet Ping Pong (Upper NW)
    • Order online (Chownow)for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery (Chownow, or Caviar). Chownow-$6.75 flat fee. Caviar-12% service charge + free delivery.
    • $11.45 for 1 topping (10″), $15 for most specialty
    • New Haven-style
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (Friendship Heights)
    • Order online (Toast). Normally in-person casual, sit only)
    • In-House Delivery via Toast. Roughly 5% service charge
    • $8.75 (10″), $12.50 (12″), $17.50 (14″), $22.50 (18″). Specialty pizzas 33%ish more
    • $3.25 Slices available
    • New Haven-style
  • Bacio (Bloomingdale)
    • Order in-person or call 202-232-2246. Can eat-in or patio
    • $10.95 (10″), $14.95 (14″) – takeaway only ($2 more for dine-in)
    • Unclear style
  • Sonny’s (Park VIew)
    • Order online for pickup (outdoor dining available)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • $26 for whole pie
    • $4 slices available
    • Sicilian-style

Other Notable Ones:  RedRocks, Nicoletta, Pi Pizzeria, Tino’s, Mellow Mushroom,  Union Pie/Union Stage, Homeslyce, Oath Pizza (best fast casual), Piccolina’s, A Baked Joint, Little Beast, Old City Market

1 thought on “Best Pizza in DC

  1. Mark N.

    You list Duccini’s as a good value at $13.99 for a one-topping 12″. That’s already a fair price, but I think the reason people are amazed by their price vs. quality are the permanent combo deals. You can get a pair of two-topping 12″ pies for $16.99 total, or 14″ ones for $21.99. Impossible to beat this quality at $8.50 per pizza in DC imo.

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