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Oct 3, 2009 01:03 PM

Two Amys: not a great first experience

For all the positive reviews I was expecting pizza greatness when I took a group there today. The appetizers were great--especially the salt cod croquettes and goat cheese with fig compote. But for most of us the pizzas were soggy with visible moisure and drippage and for several too salty. The pancetta was bacon (no misunderstanding, staff even announced it as "pancetta" as it was served). Certainly it deserves a second chance but it didn't live up to its reputation today.

Two Amys
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

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  1. If you give it another shot, just get a margherita.

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    1. re: Steve

      when partner and i go out, we like to get different items. thats the problem when there is a suggestion of only one item being good. if we want pizze, we would like a choice of at least two good ones. so are thre any other pizze you recommend?

      1. re: fudizgud

        2 Amys excels as minimalist pizza. I stick with the margherita and go for other items when I feel I want something additional or different.

        1. re: fudizgud

          I agree, all pizzas at a pizza joint should be good. I have never been disappointed with their stuffed pizzas. The regular pizzas can be hit or miss. When they're good I love them, but when they're a miss they're exactly as you described, a soggy mess. One I've had good luck with is the one with arugula on top. The day of the week doesn't seem to matter. And the small plates are usually very good. But its best as a neighborhood place that you can usually count on rather than destination dining.

      2. bbarick, sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience at 2 Amy's. I'm not sure why, but lately I've been hearing that the pizza crust has been soggy or softer than usual.I definitely hope you'll try it again.

        P.S. I love the salt cod croquettes too. And I always get the arancini, which are as good as any I've had in Italy.

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        1. re: Gigi007

          One visit was enough. Soggy pizza that we had to eat with knife & fork and didn't finish. Yuck!

        2. A agree. I think the pizza was a soupy mess and terribly over-rated...

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          1. re: ciaoda

            Try Mia's in Bethesda. They have the same type of pizza and it's always excellent. Mia's is usually less crazy then 2 Amy's. They normally don't have the kind of wait for a table that 2 Amy's often does. Nice parking lot right on their corner.

          2. I've had the same soggy experience at 2 Amy's. I agree with Steve though - this is less likely to happen with a margherita. Still, to me it doesn't live up to the hype, and I'm not crazy about the stroller crowd - or the location as I don't drive. I also agree with jac0077 -- check out Pizza Mia in Bethesda if you haven't.

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            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I was at 2 Amy's yesterday. The margherita was good...however I go for the other specialties. Had a rabbit roulade with a citrus jelly that was great and a petite eggplant casserole that was very nice as well. Yes, the pizza was very thin, crisp on the edges, but more "wet" in the middle (but fully cooked), which seems to be the standard. The stroller crowd was very apparent, though we were there at 4 pm, whent the bar menu is distributed-- and well worth trying-- particularly if you don't like the pizza. It's a loud, family style place but the food is always good, sometimes exceptionally so, and I always leave having found something new to try or to make!

              1. re: ClevelandDave

                Ate at 2 Amy's again yesterday with my family. Here's my take. Two of the three pizza's we ordered were very good. The third was burned (almost completely burned) on the bottom. The appetizers of fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and a salad were very good. The cannoli we had for dessert was so-so. The filling was heavily infused with orange zest or liquor (not really to my liking). The service was terrible. They forgot part of our drink order and never "checked up" on us. Overall, I would say that this is a nice place if you live in the neighborhood but I wouldn't go out of my way for it........

            2. I TOTALLY concur. It's way overrated and every time we've had to deal with soupy, soggy pizza that fell apart.

              I also agree with jac0077 on Mia's. The place is less crazy, more cozy with better pizza and cute desserts. I hesitate to recommend it b/c I don't want it to turn into 2 Amy's....