Best Pizza in DC

Timber Pizza (photo by Barred in DC)

Last Updated July 30, 2022

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Nearly everyone loves pizza, though people are skeptical often about pizza in DC. But there are plenty of options (though pricier than some want to pay). In July 2022, I ran a long poll thread-results summarized below (% based on only those whove’eaten

Prices for 1 topping pizza (size indicated). Not including tip + tax. Other Pizza types available

Gold Tier

  • Andy’s Pizza (Shaw/U St, Navy Yard with Atlas Brew Works, Adams Morgan, NoMa with Streets Market)
    • NY Style
    • $25 (18″)
    • $4.32 slices
    • $10 2 slice & a beer 3-6p non-game days in Navy Yard. $12 11a-3p M-F when there’s no day game.
    • 60% say one of best in DC; 94% are fans. 61% have eaten
  • Timber Pizza (Petworth)
    • Neapolitan-ish style
    • Mobile ovens at farmers markets and other places around town
    • $14.50 (10″)
    • 44% say one of best in DC; 93% are fans. 61% have eaten
  • 2Amy’s (Cathedral Heights)
    • Neapolitan
    • NO DELIVERY
    • $18.25 (12″(?)) (Margherita) (price may include service)
    • 43% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans. 64% have eaten
  • Menomale (Brookland, NoMa)
    • Neapolitan  (DOP certified). Roman style available at NoMa
    • NO DELIVERY
    • $16 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • 47% say one of best in DC; 91% are fans. 31% have eaten
  • Vace Italian Deli (Cleveland Park)
    • own style, thinner crust
    • NO DELIVERY
    • $14.75 (14″), $16 (16″)
    • $2.50 slices.
    • Since 1976. Not open for Sun dinner
    • 43% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans. 32% have eaten
  • Pupatella (Dupont, soon in Cap Hill, also locations in Virginia)
    • Neopolitan
    • NO DELIVERY (in DC)
    • $16.75 (11″) (Margherita)
    • 38% say one of best in DC; 87% are fans. 48% have eaten
  • Wiseguy Pizza (PQ/Chinatown, Navy Yard, Foggy Bottom-open during school year)
    • NY Style
    • $26  (18″)
    • Slices available
    • 35% say one of best in DC; 88% are fans. 73% have eaten

Silver Tier

  • All Purpose (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Jersey-Style, deck-oven
    • $18-20 (12″)
    • 31% say one of best in DC; 88% are fans. 71% have eaten
  • Slice Joint at The Roost (Capitol Hill)
    • NY Style, and square Detroit-ish square/rectangular
    • $21 (16″) , $27 (20″), $29 (Detroit-ish square)
    • $4-5.50 slices
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 88% are fans. 23% have eaten
  • 2 AM Adams Morgan Jumbo SliceJumbo Slice
    • ~$8 for slice
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 77% are fans. 85% have eaten
  • Stellina Pizzeria (Union Market Area, Mt Vernon Triangle)
    •  “Neo-Neapolitan”
    • $16 (10″) (Margherita)
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 83% are fans. 40% have eaten
  • Ivy & Coney (Shaw)
    • Detroit Style
    • $23  (+$4 for pepperoni, or $6 for Italian Beef)
    • NO DELIVERY
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 80% are fans. 22% have eaten
  • Red Light (14th Street) / Little Beast (Chevy Chaseish)
    • Detroit Style
    • $19  (+$2 pepperoni). $2 cheaper at Little Beast
    • 28% say one of best in DC; 80% are fans. 33% have eaten
  • Emmy Squared (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Detroit Style
    • $16 (for basic). Several options $15-25)
    • Chain started in NYC
    • 27% say one of best in DC; 83% are fans. 54% have eaten
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (Friendship Heights)New Haven-style
    • $8.75 (10″), $17.50 (14″), $22.50 (18″). Specialty pizzas 33%ish more
    • $3-$4 slices available
    • 26% say one of best in DC; 80% are fans. 54% have eaten
  • Sonny’s (Park VIew)
    • Sicilian-style
    • $24 (tomato), $28 (cheese), $32 (pepperoni), $32-34 (speciality pies)
    • Whole pies with 8 slices and serve 3-4
    • $4-$4.50 slices available
    • 25% say one of best in DC; 81% are fans. 34% have eaten
  • Etto (14th St/Logan)
    • Neapolitan-style
    • $17 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • 25% say one of best in DC; 83% are fans. 27% have eaten

Bronze Tier

  • il Canale (Georgetown)
    • Neapolitan style
    • $15 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 82% are fans. 31% have eaten
  • Duccini’s (Adams Morgan)
    • Best Cheap Delivery Pizza in DC
    • 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)
    • $14.24 (12″), $16.59 (14″), $17.74 (16″)
    • Slices available in person. Since 1988.
    • 21% say one of best in DC; 70% are fans. 51% have eaten
  • Comet Ping Pong (Chevy Chase/Forest Hills)
    • New Haven-style
    • $12.95 for 1 topping (10″), $17-19 for most specialty
    • 20% say one of best in DC; 84% are fans. 48% have eaten
  • Lupo Pizzeria (14th St/Logan)
    • “Authentic Italian Pizza” Brick-oven style
    • $17-20 pizzas
    • 18% say one of best in DC; 81% are fans. 23% have eaten
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Georgetown, Spring Valley)Neapolitan style
    • $15 (9″), $22 (12″) (Margherita)
    • 18% say one of best in DC; 78% are fans. 70% have eaten

Strong Results, But Not Enough People Eaten / Up and Coming

  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City location currently closed, Cap Hill coming)CURRENTLY CLOSED
    • NY Style, Nonna, Napoli, Sicilian, Detroit, Chicago Styles available
    • 2021 Prices: NY Style-$22 (16″), $29 (20″); $29 Detroit; $33 Napoli-Nonna, $31 Sicilian, $36 Chicago Deep Dish
    • 54% say one of best in DC; 87% are fans. 11% have eaten
  • Martha Dear (Mt. Plesant)
    • Neopolitan-style made with naturally leavened sourdough
    • $16 for classic; $22-23 w/ toppings (12″)
    • NO DELIVERY
    • Closed Mon-Tues
    • 48% say one of best in DC; 88% are fans. 17% have eaten
  • Side Door Pizza (Navy Yard)
    • Detroit Style
    • $24 (+$2 for pepperoni) (10×14″). Other options $27-30.
    • Attached to Scarlet Oak
    • 35% say one of best in DC; 83% are fans. 17% have eaten
  • Bacio (Bloomingdale)
    • Unclear style
    • $13.20 (10″), $17.20 (14″) (cheaper for takeout and when you call or order in-person)
    • 35% say one of best in DC; 84% are fans. 17% have eaten
  • Motown Square (Shaw virtual food hall)
    • Detroit Style
    • $26 (+$2 for pepperoni, +$4 for Tibs/Ethiopian). Half pizzas avaialble ($14-$16)
    • $4.25-$4.75 slices available
    • Open Thu-Sun nights
    • 34% say one of best in DC; 77% are fans; 12% have eaten
  • Slice & Pie / Lucy (14th St/U St)
    • NY Style mostly, some Detroit and Sicilian style
    • $26 (NY Style, likely 18″) + $28 Sicilian + $32 Detroit style
    • $4-5 slices, $5.50 Detroit style
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 76% are fans. 12% have eaten
  • A Baked Joint – Teresa’s Pizza (Mt Vernon Triangle)
    • Pizza dinner only Wed-Sat. Otherwise, not a pizza spot
    • foccacia starter?
    • $21
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 80% are fans. 16% have eaten

Other Notable Ones Mentioned:  Anafre, Old City Market, Nicoletta, We The Pizza, Mozzeria, Union Pie/Union Stage,  Pi Pizzeria, RedRocks

Cheap Delivery Options (your mileage may vary): Mama’s, Sicilian Pizza, Ledo, Pizzeria La Angelico, Pizza D’Oro, Pizza Walay

3 responses to “Best Pizza in DC”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Maddy’s Pizza is new, but the thin crust, bar pie is where it’s at!

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