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Feb 3, 2009 06:59 AM

Best thin crust pizza in the DC area

I looked didn't see a recent post about this. My husband is from central Jersey near the shore and they have a pizza place called Pete and Elda's (sp.). They have the thinnest pizza crust I've ever had, it's almost like matzoh and it's amazing.

Are there any great pizza places in the DC metro area that have thin crust (super thin) pizza?

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  1. Vace Bethesda........
    They do it like no one is Awesome!

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    1. re: themeatguy

      I love Vace pizza, but I am surprised to hear you think the crust is very thin. I've always thought it was quite substantial.

      2 Amys is exactly what you seek.

      1. re: Steve

        Steve....I didn't say they had thin crust......jrl2929 said something about thin crust....

    2. Two Anys makes thin Neapolitan pizza which is very good.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I second the recommendation for Two Amys. Vace isn't bad either, but Two Amys sauce has more flavor and fresher ingredients like bufalo mozzarella. Some of my friends also like the wood-fired thin pizza at Sorriso, and while I like the homemade pasta dishes, I'm not a fan of the pizza there (not crunchy/crisp enough and again, Two Amys' pizza is better).

      2. Matzoh ... I think that's the word I've been looking for, but (never having tried any) I didn't have.

        A while back, there were some posts about Pizza Pantry in Arlington and it sounds like what you want, but I'm hesitant recommending that a fellow 'Hound take a chance on a downscale takeout.

        When I'm around the area, but not near home, I get almost the same thing (maybe a little higher on the "downscale-upscale" spectrum) at Ledo's. There are several of them around. BTW, a "large" Ledo pizza couls have fed the entire inauguration crowd.

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        1. re: wayne keyser

          Pizza Pantry/Pizza Oven/Italian Inn/Original Ledo's/Mario's/Marinos all serves the same type of "DC style pizza." It's not chicago. It's not New York slice. It's a local thing: rectangular, sweet sauce, provolone cheese, and a buttery, crackery, crust. It is thin, but I don't think it's what the original poster is looking for. It's definitely not light like a mazoh or thin like a cracker. An acquired taste, for sure, but one that can only be satisfied around DC.

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            You are so right Monkey.......I grew up here, love original Ledo's and Italian Inn......but it is a very local thing. I know people who don't like it at all....good, more for me!!

            1. re: cb1

              It's like "DC style steak and cheese" versus "Philly style cheesesteaks." Philly natives just can't accept that some people grew up liking lettuce, tomato, and mayo on their steak and cheese.

              I won't even get into the whole halfsmoke vs Chicago dog vs NY weenie debate.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                Hey Monkey,
                You are so right. I rolled my eyes and shook my head at the LTM on the steak and cheeses here. But....then I realized...hey! I like it, I just don't like the semantics. In Philly, it's a cheesesteak hoagie, that's all. And, it's on most every steak joints menu!
                Hell, I'll even be IN THE MOOD for one now!! I know I used to order them from time to time in Philly.
                I like the Italian Store pizza a whole lot. So does my DH, and he's from Jersey (northern/central). It just reminds us of what we grew up with, not that it's any better or true than many of the pretty good slices you can get around here.
                Another "true slice" is Valentino's in Alexandria/Annandale.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  I didn't realize this was a regional thing. I used to go to Rehobeth Beach years ago and loved their cheesesteaks with the lettuce, tomatoes and peppers--even though they are nothing like a Philly cheesesteak.

                  Is there a good place in DC to get a "DC style" cheesesteak?

                  1. re: pastoralia

                    Most Chinese carryouts downtown that serve pizza-chicken-chinese-subs will make you one. They're all about the same. I prefer "Evil" Danny's on H Street NE, just because you can order a steak and ham and egg and cheese sub with EXTRA ham and bacon.

                    Mario's and The Broiler are also good at this.

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      My heart just stopped reading that description:

                      >> you can order a steak and ham and egg and cheese sub with EXTRA ham and bacon

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        that sandwich of monkeyrotica's is also known as "cardiologist's dream".

                    2. re: pastoralia

                      There are cheese steaks and there are Philly cheese steaks. I grew up in the Philly area eating Philly cheese steaks and hoagies several times each week. Just stop calling everything a Philly cheese steak and identify the item correctly. There is no good or bad...just DIFFERENT!

                      1. re: recipelover

                        Esp. when you confuse the DC Cheese and Steak sandwich!

                    3. re: monkeyrotica

                      now how did you know I like may on my cheesesteaks? ;)

                  2. re: monkeyrotica

                    The Italian Inn was just sold...... afraid to say that things have changed.... not the old place it used to be :(

                    1. re: DukeD

                      That's sad. How's it different? Has the quality gone downhill? I only ever bought the pizzas.

                      1. re: DukeD

                        This is very sad. I guess the people who appreciated The Italian Inn for what it was have all moved away. A sad day indeed.

                      2. re: monkeyrotica

                        Ledo pizza is a St. Louis style pizza. I don't know if Ledo intended that or not. But St Louis style pizza is usually square, has a sweet sauce, and topped with Provel (a brand of cheese that is like provolone) cheese. You can find it a lot in the Midwest.

                        1. re: goldenbk

                          No. Absolutely not. There may be some inspiration, but it's not Imo's. I did research the claim on provel, and there seems to be a small bit of truth at least to this, but I've never come close to thinking it was provel (and we either order in provel or fake our own when cooking at home).

                          The square thing I don't know about, but that's hardly a reason to classify, imo.

                          To me, it's a MD pie (when done right, like at the o.g. location), and they should be proud of it. I'm from MO (and have worked at Imo's), and MD should be proud of the o.g. Ledo's. Period.

                          1. re: Dennis S

                            Second. The MD pie style isn't limited to just Ledo's, or to Maryland. The style of square, crackery crust is at Italian Inn (not as good as it used to be, apparently), Pizza Oven, and Mario's/Marino's in NoVA.

                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                              Stained Glass Pub in Glenmont, as well.

                              1. re: Mister Big

                                And the Irish Pizza Pub. Except they hired little people as servers.

                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                  No monkey, the little people were entertainers.


                                  Check out the Irish Pizza Pub group on Facebook some time. Lots of good pictures of the place there.

                              2. re: monkeyrotica

                                Mario's is a square pie, but the crust is not crackery. It's more of a style I would describe as Sicilian/Elementary School Cafeteria. I don't mean it in a bad way, either. I think Mario's is the first pizza I ever ate. That's been about 47 years ago. I can't say it's my favorite, but it has never changed in all that time.

                      3. Sorry, you will not find anything remotely close to Pete and Elda's in this area. You will need to adjust your expectations downward, or develop an appreciation for authentic, Neoplitan style pizza. That is a different animal from Jersey/NY style, quite enjoyable, but different than what you were raised on.

                        1. The Italian Store has big slices, that are relatively thin, but I am not crazy about their pizza, to me it is too cheesy and almost is gloopy I guess, but a lot of people really like it so you might try that too?

                          I don't remember exactly how thick Matchbox's pizza is, but I don't think it is too thick and I really like it? I think they have good toppings too?

                          And if you happen to work in Ballston or are ever there during weekday lunch time the food cart Pupatella makes great thin pizza?

                          Good luck!

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                          1. re: ktmoomau

                            I like Matchbox, but not for its pizza. Matchbox's pizza is really thin, but has very little sauce. The last few times I've had it, it was extremely garlicky. If you like garlic, maybe it's a good choice, but honestly I think Two Amy's pizza is a lot better.

                            I've never tried any matzoh-thin pizza in DC before. Let us know if you find some!