Best Pizza in DC

Timber Pizza (photo by Barred in DC)

Last Updated January 24, 2021

[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.

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

Cheap Delivery Pizza

These are not necessarily better than all the ones listed below, but have the best value proposition. Sicilian Pizza and Mama’s weren’t mentioned by that many but are the most mentioned spots for NE and SE part of town.

  • Duccini’s Pizza (Adams Morgan)
    • Order online (in-house, Grubhub) or call
    • Delivery w/in 4  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). $3 delivery fee.
    • $14.24 (12″), $16.59 (14″), $17.74 (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/BeyondMenu for pickup,
    • Grubhub/UberEats delivery
    • $11.50 (10″), $14 (12″), $16.50 (14″), $19 (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

Pick-Up Only But 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

NY Style Pizza

  • Wiseguy Pizza (PQ/Chinatown, Navy Yard, Foggy Bottom-currently closed)
    • Order online or via app for Pickup (Curbside Carryout)
    • Delivery via Grubhub
    • $23  (18″)
    • Slices (possibly not now or only in-person)
    • Most mentioned. Won Top Honors in Barred in DC Twitter Poll Bracket
  • 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)
    • 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
    • $22 (16″), $29 (20″)
    • Nonna, Napoli, Sicilian, Detroit, Chicago Styles available (see below)
  • Slice Joint (Capitol Hill)
    • Order online
    • In-house Capitol Hill delivery ($7 fee)
    • $21 (16″) , $27 (20″)
    • Mostly $3.75-4.25 slices
    • Also square Detroit-ish square pies

Non-NY Style or Sit-Down Spots

Neopolitan or 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, Georgetown; Spring Valley-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). Closed Mon.
    • Delivery (ToastTab (via DD)/DoorDash/Caviar). 12% service charge for 3rd party. $3 on ToastTab
    • $15 (10″) (Margherita)
    • “Neo-Neapolitan”
  • Menomale (Brookland)
    • Order online for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • No Delivery
    • $14 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan  (DOP certified)
  • Etto (14th St/Logan)
    • Order online for pickup (no dine-in right now)
    • Delivery (all major apps)
    • $17 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan-style
  • Pupatella (Dupont, also locations in Virginia)
    • Order online. Dine in on patio may be available
    • No Delivery  in DC
    • $15.50 (11″) (Margherita)
    • No Delivery
    • Neopolitan
  • Martha Dear (Mt. Plesant)
    • Order online in advance via Toast (orders go ive at noon)
    • $16 for classic; $20-21 w/ toppings (12″)
    • No Delivery
    • Neopolitan-style made with naturally leavened sourdough
    • Closed Mon-Tues

Detroit Style

  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab
    • Pickup and Delivery
    • $29 Detroit
    • Also $33 Napoli-Nonna, $31 Sicilian, $36 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, or $4 for Italian Beef)
    • Currently open only Thu-Sun
  • Red Light (14th Street) / Little Beast (Chevy Chaseish) / Ghostline (Glover Park)
    • Pickup: (Caviar-recommended, DoorDash, Grubhub); Little Beast (online for in-house delivery w/in 2 miles); Ghostline (Toast)
    • Delivery: Red Light (Caviar-recommended, DoorDash, Grubhub); Little Beast (online for in-house delivery w/in 2 miles); Ghostline (Toast)
    • $15 Detroit style pizza (+$2 pepperoni)
  • Emmy Squared (Shaw)
    • Order Online for pickup. Dine-in and outdoor dining.
    • Delivery (UberEats-$2 delivery, 15% service fee, Caviar-free delivery, 12% service fee)
    • Mostly around $14-19 for Detroit-style
  • Slice Joint (Capitol Hill)
    • Order online
    • In-house Capitol Hill delivery ($7 fee)
    • $25 Square pizza (+$4 with topping)
    • $5.25 square slice available
  • Motown Square (Edgewood in Mess Hall)
    • Order online (Toast)
    • Delivery via Toast
    • $26 (+$2 for pepperoni, +$4 for Tibs/Ethiopian)
    • Open only Fridays and Saturdays

Other Style

  • All Purpose (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Order online (ToastTab) for pickup (or outdoor dining at Navy Yard)
    • Delivery (ToastTab via DD) 3rd party apps (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″), $15-16 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
    • $11.95 (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
    • Temporarily closed in January

Other Notable Ones Mentioned:  RedRocks, Nicoletta, Pi Pizzeria, Mellow Mushroom,  Union Pie/Union Stage, Homeslyce, Oath Pizza (best fast casual), Piccolina’s, A Baked Joint, Old City Market, Mozzeria, Ledo, Pizza Walay, Side Door, Anafre

2 thoughts 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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  2. Al

    I missed Chicago Style, which was a thing growing up in DC in the 70’s & 80’s. I think there are a few Chicago style pizza places left. Even an Armand’s in Rockville and a sister restaurant at Bethany Beach too.

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