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May 12, 2009 01:14 PM

NoVa Pizza inside the beltway?

I love 2 Amy's, Pizza Paradiso, Red Rocks Pizza, but live in Alexandria, and am looking for similar quality pizza place close-in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church...

I thought that Pizzialo on 23rd Street in Crystal City had a pretty good product, but i've found the service can be real spotty.

Any suggestions?

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  1. i like the pizza from the Italian store in Arlington. Although if you care about customer service then they may be a lil problem. I found the best way is to call in the order cause if you try to order at the store its all sorts of mayhem.

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    1. re: victorianblood

      yes yes yes. italian store italian store italian store. my absolute favorite.

      for sit-down pizza, we go to either faccia luna or pie-tanza. both delicious.

      1. re: victorianblood

        i ordered one for pick-up on sunday afternoon. calling ahead for pick-up is the only way to go. i got the supreme.

        it is good, but don't get the extra large, because it gets gloppy in the middle.

        for those of you who want a semi-deep dish, the "sicilian" pie at joe's pizza and pasta on lee hwy in arlington used to be great. lots of toppings, and a good, crisp crust. it is huge -- enough for four *hungry* hounds.

        pie-tanza is a thin-crust, and is pretty good.
        the best pizza i've had *recently* was down in florida at monty's in punta gorda -- and it was much better than italian store (and 8 bucks cheaper). <monty's was much more generous with the toppings, too>.

      2. The pizza at Rustico in Alexandria is pretty good. I think it's a bit overpriced (especially for the portions), but good pizza and awesome beer! What's not to love!

        1. I suggest you consider swinging over to Pulcinella in McLean on Old Dominion. They have been cranking out Neopolitan wood oven pies for several decades and its a comfortable setting to enjoy an excellent pizza. IMHO, a real wood oven pizza with a variety of excellent ingredients to choose from (ie. real funghi, real proscuitto - not the industrial canned variety) is, well, special.

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          1. re: wristband

            pulcinella's pizza i found to be gloppy (mr. alka agreed), but i haven't been back in years, so it might have dramatically improved.

            1. re: alkapal

              Having a wood fired oven is not enough. The crust at Puclinella is more foamy than crispy (maybe not cooked long enough?). Overall the food here was never all that good and has even gone downhill from there.

              1. re: Steve

                Having consumed a bazillion pies in my time, I routinely request my wood oven pizza (at Pulcinella and elsewhere) to be "crocante" or crispy. Perfect pie each time - sans foamy crust or gloppy cheese.

                1. re: wristband

                  hmmm. good to know one can request a crispy crust. shouldn't that be the "default" setting, though? and -- do you just say "crocante" and the server at pulcinella understands?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Yup. Say the magic word or substitute "crispy crust." They know.

                    Chowed down yesterday on a 1/2 plain, 1/2 sausage & funghi. Excellent crust, excellent flavor, excellent wood oven pie.

          2. There's one in Burke you should check out. It's been a few years since I've been but it used to be very good and they do it with wood. Villa Bella or something like that. It's in the same parking lot as the Burke WalMart.

            1. Valentino's off of Little River Turnkpike near 395. Best NY Style in the area.

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              1. re: Bethheth

                Second Valentinos. When I don't make pizza on the weekend, I treat myself to a large pepperoni. Big, floppy, foldable NY slices like what you'd find at Ray's. It really is LARGE. Around twenty inches, unlike some place where 15" is a large. There's even a place that stopped selling their 15" pies, and now calls their 12" pies "a large." I told them where they can go.