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Jul 1, 2008 09:34 AM

NY Pizza in DC/MD/VA?

Is NY Pizza or something similar to it even available down here? I live in DC and am familiar with all of the 'recommended' pizza places - Vace (which is amazing, but not NY pizza), 2 Amy's, Comet, Mia's (Bethesda) - but really I'm curious whether anyone has tried or seen pizza that resembles NY pizza. Any suggestions?

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  1. check out Church Street Pizzeria in downtown Vienna, VA. i know it's kind of a hike but it definitely bills itself as an authentic NY-style pizza. i'm not necessarily a pizza connoisseur but i liked it, and it's a nice small neighborhood-y joint. phone number is 703-938-1155

    1. You must define your tastes. NY Pizza such as DiFara's, or Totonno's; or the neighborhood corner slice? You can get a pretty good taste of the latter at Potomac Pizza in Chevy Chase, Potomac or Kentlands, Md, or Tony's in Fair Lakes, VA. Won't stop your yearning for NYC and its environs, however.

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      1. re: nickdanger

        IMHO, Potomac Pizza is a pretty poor excuse for NY-style pizza.

        In Rockville, Mama Lucia's (Federal Plaza location only) and Giuseppi's are much closer to the real thing, but still don't completely sate the craving.

        1. re: DanielK

          Actually yes, Mama Lucia's is very close ... but not quite :-). We'll check out Giuseppi's. In Rockville there is Vincent and Dominic's - good pizza, but not the thin NY style we were looking for. Thanks!

          1. re: DanielK

            So is Tony's (a pretty poor excuse).

        2. The Corner Slice in Bethesda.

          1. after 8 years of looking, I gave up.

            it makes it easier to enjoy what pizza we do have when not comparing it to the Holy Grail of slices...

            although I do like the greasy basement counter on the South side of P just West of Dupont Circle. and the unfortunately named NY Pizza on the Hill isn't bad (not NY, but not bad)

            my theory is that there's something in NYC's water and air that reacts with yeast in a different way. god knows there are too many talented people around the country trying their hardest to replicate NYC pizza (and failing) for it to be as simple an issue as technique.

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            1. re: hill food

              People here ask for NY pizza and NY bagel as if there is only one kind of each. I lived next to Washington Square Park for 4 years and I've had all kinds of so-called NY pizza and NY bagel, some are good and some are not. When people ask for pizza or bagel, they should really ask for pizza or bagel that's similar to a specific NY restaurant or bakery. For example, I really like John's Pizza on Bleeker. I also like Arturo's. Other people might like the nasty greasy crap from Ben's on West 3rd. So which NY pizza are you seeking?

              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                mmmmm....John's is the best. I drove up to NYC just to get their pizza. Got 3 and brought them home!

              2. re: hill food

                Interesting - we feel the same way. Something about NYC water makes pizza and bagels amazing! Although my husband mentioned something about the way it's made - I wonder if the taste is attributed to being made in coal ovens ...? I don't know if this is accurate or not - but many places here in DC are made in wood-burning ovens. Who knows!

              3. Ding! Round 1,873 of this discussion! Agree with all below who said WHAT KIND OF NY PIZZA? DiFara's bears no resemblance to Ray's (which Ray's?) and I'll bet if you look hard enough, you can even find someone who thinks that the deep-dish (abomination) sold at the mall is NY pizza, simply because he bought it in NY. Now, that being said, if you hit it on a good night (a big IF), Pines of Rome in Bethesda can do the trick if by NY Pizza you mean thin, crisp crust, a modicum of cheese, and a nice, fresh tomato sauce. But it is so hit-or-miss. On busy nights, especially. I've had Mama Lucia's a couple of times - it is like Ray's in style. I thought it was OK.