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Apr 12, 2008 11:46 AM

NY-Style Pizza in DC?

Any recommendations on where to get really good "NY-style" pizza here in DC? I tried Luigi's near Dupont and was very disappointed.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. I think the closest place to get great NY-style pizza is Philadelphia. :-)

    The best I've found in the area is Mamma Lucia in Federal Plaza in Rockville. Nothing in NoVa or DC compares IMHO. Search through the archives - there must be a dozen threads on this topic.

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    1. re: DanielK

      I can't say I've searched too extensively, but I find Mama Lucia's to be totally acceptable. The crust is thin and chewy, but the sauce is a little too sweet.

      1. re: reiflame

        >>...the sauce is a little too sweet.
        Hence the crushed red pepper flake shaker. :-)

        I should add that the Federal Plaza location is measurably better than the other ML locations, and it goes downhill quickly in that cardboard box, so eat there if you can.

        1. re: reiflame

          Agreed. Mama Lucia's is pretty good and a decent substitute for NY-style. I also enjoy the Italian Store in Arlington which is similar to NY-Style. Vaces, as mentioned below, is not NY-style though good - particularly cold the next day.

      2. Vace has good slices. Paradiso is excellent but it's more italy pizza than NY pizza.

        1. if you find it let me know, but honestly I think it has something to do with how the yeast reacts with the water and air. sorta like how only SF has good sourdough and you just can't a baguette like those in Paris.

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          1. re: hill food

            ^^ITA. That's why you can only get really good bagels or pizza in NYC - there's something about the water there. Seriously.

            1. re: beauxgoris

              can I 2nd that/ or will it be a 3rd (and my own)? I want these things where I live but it is sort of cool that they can only be found in certain places.

          2. Sadly I haven't had any luck either. The best pizza (Italian, not NY-style) IMHO is Piola in Arlington. I've posted a lot about them - no I don't work for them, I just really love their pizza. It's all brick oven pizza, and it's thin like NY-style. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but I think it may be the closest.

            I've been to Paradiso as well - they're pretty similar to Piola and good as well.

            1. No, sad to say I've yet to discover pizza that's like what you get in the Northeast. I've come across some that come close. However, even then there's always something missing. Tony's in Manassas (good sauce, ample cheese but the crust isn't quite as thin as I'd like), Emilio's in Sterling (amazingly good crust considering it's baked in a wood-fired oven but the sauce was bitter), Rubino's in Herndon (similar to Tony's but they go overboard with the romano cheese). So, that's why when I'm visiting in the Northeast I have to have pizza. Nothing here like the thin, hand-tossed crust baked in a coal-fired oven...sigh!