Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that highlighted the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and the FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we provided some spots around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too.
With summer 2019 halfway over, now is the time to highlight some go-to spots for pizza in and around the district.
Here are, in no particular order, some of the top pizzerias in and around Washington, D.C.
Etto, 1541 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
- Logan Circle
- With veggies specials and pizza alike, the leisurely atmosphere at Etto provides a needed respite from the hustle of D.C.
- Check out the roasted cauliflower pizza, or the seasonal zucchini and squash blossoms pie, two non-traditional menu options.
Wiseguy Pizza, 300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 1, Washington, DC 20001
- Near the Judiciary Square Metro stop.
- Wiseguy owner Tony Erol perfected a New York-style pizza without making it chock-full of grease, ensuring a crispy slice.
- Between the expected Buffalo chicken pizza and the unexpected paneer tikka pie, Wiseguy's menu appeals to many palates.
Menomale Pizza Napoletana, 2711 12th St. NE, Washington, DC 20018
- Between the Rhode Island Ave and Brookland Metro stops.
- Neapolitan pizzas are Menomale's specialty, but with stellar crust the pizzeria also produces delicious calzones and sandwiches.
- Take a look at the menu, which houses all the tasty carb-loaded food, plus a surprising range of craft beers.
2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria, 3715 Macomb St. NW, Washington DC 20016
- Near Washington National Cathedral
- 2 Amys' wood-fired pizzas and family-friendly setting combine for an authentic atmosphere.
- The menu offers some less-known pies, like the Etna 2.0, which in part features fried eggplant.
All-Purpose Riverfront, 79 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
- Navy Yard, across from Nationals Park
- With All-Purpose, chef Mike Friedman revamps classic Italian-American flavors, like his garlic knots coated with a fonduta reminiscent of alfredo.
- Head to happy hour on weekdays from 4-7 p.m. for drink and food specials, like the Little Caesar or the Crispy Chicken Wings.
Ghibellina, 1610 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
- Logan Circle
- Does $10 pizza happy hour sound appealing? Then head to Ghibellina from 3-6:30 p.m. (or 4-6:30 pm. Monday's).
- Between pizzas, specialty cocktails and other Italian cuisine, the restaurant and its authentic atmosphere is sure to please.
OUTSIDE OF D.C.
Pupatella, 5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
- On the outskirts of Downtown Arlington
- After growing from a food cart in Ballston, Virginia, Pupatella has grown to a reputable source for classic pizza pies.
- Check out the red or white pies, which include the Mimosa and Buffala Bianza pizzas.
Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, 12207 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
- Out past Rockville, Maryland
- While a bit of a trek from inside the district, the variety of pizzas including the Smoky Meatball is sure to make the trip worthwhile.