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Jan 2, 2004 06:35 PM

Where's good pizza MD/DC?

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Anyone know of any good pizza joints in MD/DC?


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  1. 2 Amys in Cleveland Park (Macomb st west of Wisconsin Ave) has a Napolitan pizza d'origine controllee, with a perfect crust, buffalo mozzarella, some basil, too little sauce, but a delicate and beautiful aroma. Light and delicious. If that's what you're looking for.

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    1. re: Steve

      For woodfired? Paradiso/Dupont Circle. Jeebus...the crust...ahhhhhh. My wife and I love it so much we got engaged there. 2Amys is ***this*** close, but spendier, but has a bigger room, and tasty starters. Try the suppli a telefono, fabulous little cheesy Italian hush puppy thingies.

      For NY stylee? Mama Lucia, of many locations lately while pretty close to an "Original Famous Rays, falls short sometimes. Try "Palisades Pizza (and clam bar) on McArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. A little known treasure from Eric Koefod (?) who also owns Georgetown Bagelry on M st NW, which he opened in the late 70s in response to his predicament of being a transplanted New Yorker in DC unable to get a proper bagel.

      No one has mentioned what I'll call "Indigenous Maryland Pizza" for which the are 2 choices. The real deal is Gentleman Jims in Gaithersburg (transplanted from Twinbrook where they were for like 40 years) a slightly sweet rectangular pie with a sauce based on stewed tomatos, and a cheese mixture including swiss.
      There's always Ledo Pizza, and if you go to the original by UMD you can get the experience, but no less a pizza authority and celebrity than Arthur Godfrey was a Gentleman Jims loyalist, and his picture was on the wall to prove it....

      1. re: motomoron

        >>Try "Palisades Pizza (and clam bar) on McArthur Blvd. in the Palisades<<

        Actually, I much prefer the pizza that they sell by the slice at the Georgetown Bagelry to the pizza at Palisades Pizza, which I find hit or miss. The Bagelry pizza is the closest to a NYC slice place in the DC area.

        Jim Zurer
        Washington DC

        1. re: Jim Zurer

          Jim, have you tried Vace? I just did and I thought it was amazing. I have no idea how it stacks up with your perception of NY style, though. Personally, I don't care what style it is; it's far superior to 99% of what I've tried.

      2. re: Steve

        There is a place in Olney MD that I like for good wood fired pizza. Ricciuti's at 3308 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (Rt 108)just east of Georgia Ave.

      3. Vace in Cleveland Park (Macomb and Connecticut in this case). Best pie in town. Crispy crust, tangy sauce, salty cheese--perfect. The only problem is that Vace doesn't have any tables, so it's strictly get it and go. Well... make that two problems. The second one is that parking around there is pretty tough, especially around dinner time. The best plan is to call in your pie and send someone in for it while you circle the block. A hassle, admittedly, but worth it. Tell your runner not to forget that excellent Italian lemon soda. I believe it's called Pellegrino Limon.

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        1. re: flavrmeistr

          Vace also has a location in Bethesda, but I'm not sure the parking would be any easier.


          1. re: Gareth
            frustrated mom

            I have heard that there is a Vace in Gaithersburg. Has anyone tried it?

        2. Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle - terrific crust, excellent toppings voted #1 in washingtonpost.coms' readers choice for 2003. Each time we vistin DC this is a must for my husband. Take out or eat in.

          1. While not Pizza Paradiso or 2 Amy's, the pizza at Mama Lucia's is quite good for suburban pizza (Rockville in the shopping center behind Bennigan's where Trader Joe's and CompUSA are). They have a 1/2 price special on Tuesday (or is it Monday??) for carry out pizzas, which makes them a bargain.

            They also have good pasta dishes (they make a really good red sauce which suits my finicky palate) and salads (their antipasti salad is a wonderful lunch), and we tried their fried mozzarella appetizer recently and loved it -- nothing like the rubbery cheese sticks at other places.

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            1. re: Terrie H.

              Of the places named in this thread (2 Amy's, Vace, Paradiso), Mama Lucia's is probably the closest to "New York style" pizza. Whether that's a plus or not is up to the consumer. I like all of them, but Mama Lucia's is both the closest to my house, and my favorite of the bunch.

              Mama's special on Tuesdays (take-out only) is buy one pie, get the second for $1. (toppings at additional cost on both pies). They used to have a website, but it looks like they let the domain lapse. (

              1. re: Daniel K

                I tried Mamm Lucia's for the second time this evening, and just like the first time, the pizza was awful. But it was two for the price of one -- so I've got plenty of leftovers!

                To each his or her own, I suppose.

            2. Depends on your standards or taste....If you have a hankering for NY style or New Haven pizza, I think you will generally be disappointed in the DC area offerings.

              Having said that, Mama Lucia in Bethesda has come closest to the standards of good NYC pizza--not perfect, but pretty acceptable. In the gourmet pizza category, I prefer Pizzeria Paradiso (especially the less crowded Georgetown branch) to Two Amys, although the vongole pizza there is very good as is the calzone.