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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.

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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....

              1. I've never been a huge fan of the pizzas, but the small plates are often spectacular. I've had lentils with speck; fried sardines with fried onion rings and fried lemon slices; eggplant parmesan ... these and more have all been really outstanding. Plus, they have awesome house-made ice creams.

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                1. re: beanacucina

                  Totally agree with this statement.

                2. Great. I'm not insane (at least not due to this). It's been a while since we've been to 2 Amys, but we've always been underwhelmed with the soggy pies. Our first trip was in their first weeks of business and we hit them several times since, each time thinking it must be just an off night. We thought that it must be us, the critics couldn't possibly be wrong.

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                  1. re: dinersaurus

                    I must be lucky. I've never had a "soggy" margherita there in at least a dozen visits. Do you add toppings?

                    1. re: Steve

                      Yeah, we've always ordered pies with toppings, which is strange because I love the true Neapolitan style margherita. The last we had was wet clear back to the outer rim.

                  2. I think is a matter of personal taste, until I tried 2Amys I never tried before a wet-in-the-middle pizza and I thought it wasn't baked properly, then I went for a couple of other times and realized that's the way it actually comes and it started growing in me... I avoid toppings with a lot of moisture (mushrooms, peppers, etc)

                    I also have learned that if you don't like something in the moment (4 example @Ciaoda) just turn it back. I worked in a restaurant and sometimes we would over cook comething by mistake and the Food Runner would say, "Just give it to me, if the customer complains then we make another one", so I'm not saying that's the right thing to do, but I'm sure many times that's what happens, I've returned pizzas at 2Amys for overbaked, I do not like the black taste or burn in the crust, so that's my suggestion on that one =)

                    Has anyone tried the Calzone? I don't have that much Calzone experience, but the one I tried @ 2amys I liked, I just wish the dough was always properly baked, it get's so thick that I've noticed some parts are still raw =(

                    Oh well I will try Mias Pizza tomorrow, Bethesda you guys mentioned right?

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                    1. re: helenahimm

                      For what it's worth, the classic Naepolitan pizza that 2 Amy's is emulating comes wet in the middle. When we were in Naples last spring, we were shocked to discovered how conflicted we were able the fabled pizza there. The crust was better than any pizza crust we had ever tasted with yeasty tang to it that was incredible. However, no matter how little topping we ordered, we always found the center to be wet and a turn-off. Name one of the big names of Neapolitan pizza and this was the case! So if 2 Amy's is striving for an authentic Neapolitan pizza and if 2 Amy's pies are wet in the center, they're probably patting themselves on the back.

                      1. re: Indy 67

                        A little soggy in the middle is fine, and is what I've experienced and enjoyed in Italy as well. What I haven't liked were the non-margheritas that were soggy all the way through - that is, all but the outer ring was drippy.

                      2. re: helenahimm

                        My favorite pizza is the basilico, which is listed under stuffed pizzas, but I order it open faced. The wet middle part seems weird at first but the flavor of the fresh ricotta and pesto is just great. I also love their cheeses and meats. My colleague from Rome adores their fried rice balls with melted cheese inside--suppli a telefono.

                        I agree that the stroller brigade drives me crazy. The hard surfaces just bounce the noise around and makes it impossible to have a good conversation. I find that a glass of wine helps. : ) The sparking red wine they carry, Gragnano, is available by the glass or bottle.

                        1. re: DCDeb

                          The dining room upstairs is much more peaceful. I did notice that alot of pizza's were being returned for one reason or another (it was at 2pm on a Sunday and it was utter chaos in there).

                      3. I agree - soggy on top, burnt on the bottom.
                        The other dishes are indeed better,
                        The critics must be friends of the owner or something.

                        1. I've always liked the food at 2 Amys but what has finally turned me away is the atmosphere. The place has turned into a day care! It is impossible to have a conversation in that place on a weekend when it is overrun by bratty children and their parents who seem to care less about the mayhem that they create!

                          1. I go to Two Amy's quite a bit when I am in DC because the people I'm with are pretty big fans.

                            While I'm not a big fan, I do like their donuts. My mantra is always, "Go for pizza, stay for the donuts".