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White pizza

Looking for the best white pizza with fontina cheese in the area.

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  1. I'm originally from NJ where there's a pizza place on every corner, and one of the best
    white pizzas I've had was from Mamma Lucia's, If there's one near you, it's worth a try.

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    1. re: ferventfoodie

      Second this, but the original ML location in Federal Plaza is head and shoulders above the rest in quality.

      1. re: DanielK

        No big deal but I'm pretty sure the "original" ML 's was at PG plaza in Hyattsville. It may have Ben there before the "Plaza" was enclosed and turned into a mall.

        It was the first place I remember in the area that made "Sicilian style" pizza. I believe that there is a direct link with the Hyattsville location and the current stores, but perhaps instead of a shared ancestry it is just a shared name.

        Sorry, for the reminiscence.

        1. re: drewpbalzac

          Their website clearly states that Rockville was the original location, and I don't remember ever hearing about a location out that way (none listed on their website). Maybe it was a place with a similar name?


          1. re: DanielK

            Definitely, some non-related mama lucias around. There are two in Calvert County that appear to be independents. And there used to be one behind Annapolis Mall, which was an order at the counter and have your food delivers to your table place. They had a sister store (under a different name) in the Anapolis Harbor complex, which was full service and a little more upscale. The PG Plaza joint was just pizza and subs . . . It closed in the mid '80s or so.

            There must be a lot of Mamas named Lucia running around southern Italy.

    2. White pizza at We The Pizza is pretty good!!!

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      1. re: 79pooh83

        No fontina but Pacci's in Silver Spring has a nice variety of white pizzas. Excellent.

      2. I don't know if they use fontina but the Italian Store in Arlington rocks for carry out pizza. For dine in Matchbox has yet to disappoint.

        1. Seventh Hill or Pizzeria Pardiso.

          1. Pupatella in Arlington. White sauce is excellent. If you go try the panzarotti, my family's latest addiction.


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            1. re: Steve

              +1 for Pupatella. The white variety with mushrooms & brie - OMG, so good. Yeah, it's not "traditional," but who cares when it's that good?

            2. The pizza at Geppeto's is good, but I especially like their version of white pizza. Yum.

              1. Love the white pizza with fontina at pines od rome in bethesda

                1. The rest of the menu can be hit or miss, but Fontina Grill does a decent fontina white pizza.


                  1. Pretty sure Euro Bistro in Herndon does this, but I think their strong suit is German and so I stick with that.

                    1. Vicino's on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. Like the old AV Ristorante, only better, imo.

                      1. Italian Pines on Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg,or Il Porto on Muddy Branch in Gaithersburg, or Amalfi's on Wilkens Ave in Rockville, all tracing some lineage to the Pines of Rome in Bethesda. I can remember standing on line at Amalfi's waiting to get in and they were passing out white pizza to us. This goes back to the late 70s.

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                        1. re: nickdanger

                          I took my family to Il Porto on Saturday for the white pizza based on your rec. We love Pines of Rome and live too far away from it now to go as often as we would like.

                          Home run! We ate one large white pizza with extra fontina there and took another one home. Everything we had from their homemade bread to the calamari, hot crab dip and regular pizza was fantastic. We will be going back.

                          Thanks brother.


                          1. re: CDouglas

                            Definitely welcome. If you liked Il Porto, you will love Italian Pines, as it's cheaper and has virtually the same menu as Pines of Rome. Also, Il Porto often has a coupon in the money mailer or whatever that's called for discounts during the week. Ciao!

                        2. Pasta Plus in Laurel has excellent white pizza.