Pete's Apizza v. 2 Amy's?
Have returned to DC after 6 months absence and am delighted to find that 2 Amys has a worthy competitor in the Upper Northwest thin-crust-pizza derby. I just dined at the Tenleytown/Friendship location of Pete's Apizza (have not been to the Columbia Heights shop) and give it a thumbs up. My dining companions, who are neighborhood mavens, said they prefer it to 2 Amys. I give the win to 2 Amys by a nose for the following reasons: better balance of ingredients on the Margherita pie, my favorite, with more mozzarella and basil as well as more interesting salads and other non-pizza items on the menu. Also, thinness of crust. I realize that Pete's New-Haven style calls for a slightly thicker crust than 2 Amy's pie, but I prefer the very thin. In Pete's favor: crispiness. I think the crust we enjoyed was representative and that they care about and deliver consistent crispiness. I have been served more than one soggy pie at 2 Amys. Another plus for Pete's: their system moves crowds through the dining process faster than 2 Amys old-school table service. And the self-service soda fountain with a variety of Boylan's choices is sure to be a hit with kids. Both 2 Amys and Pete's rooms are noisy and family-friendly. How do others rate these two restaurants?
Caveat: Vace in Cleveland Park sells a very worthy pie too, but since they are a grocery/deli rather than a restaurant, I have not included them in the comparison.
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
, Washington, DC 20001