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Jun 3, 2013 07:57 PM

Where to take a former New Yorker who is missing good pizza

My Florida friend claims that there is no good pizza in Fl. He is visiting for a short time. Would you recommend 2 Amys, Pizzaria Paradiso and Pete's New Haven on Wisc? I know that 2Amys and Pizzaria Paradiso are not NY style but they have great pizza. I would like to find something in Georgetown, upper Wisconsin, Dupont Circle or Conn. Ave. TIA for any suggestions.

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  1. PP if you order the Atomica.

    1. There is no *one* NY style pizza (e.g. coal v. gas, slice joint, etc.).

      I would just take your friend to 2Amys as I think they have the best overall pizza in DC.

      1. Vace in Cleveland Park if he wants NY style- take out only, but the only real "non-fancy" pizza in DC!

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        1. re: Meltlady

          Vace is great if you want to replicate a NY slice experience a la Sal & Carmine's.

          1. re: Meltlady

            I recommend getting a whole pie at Vace. In nice weather, eat it at a nearby picnic table in Rock Creek Park. Add onions, olives and red peppers. A warmed up slice is an ok substitute.

            1. re: Meltlady

              I just don't get the love for Vace. Sauce on the top? Ugh. Pizza Hut makes better pizza.

              1. re: The Big Crunch

                Tomato sauce on top is the predominant variant of tomato pie, justifiably popular in New Jersey. You don't have to like it, but you seem unaware of this style.

                1. re: The Big Crunch

                  I agree with you. It's okay, not great. Maybe it is better if the pie is fresh. I usually get a couple of slices for lunch that have been reheated.

              2. What did he like about NY pizza? If he misses the local street corner shop, you might take him to Flipppin' Pizza (a few locations). If he likes the thick doughy crust pizza, Valentino's (Landmark section of Alexandria) is a good example. If he wants to try a different kind of pizza that New York probably didn't have when he was living there, take him for a Neapolitan style with real buffalo mozzarella. There are probably a few in DC, but I know and like Pupatella and Orso in Arlington and Falls Church respectively.

                I've had Pete's once and thought it was good pizza, never been to 2 Amy's or Pizza Paradiso. They're all standard recommendations here.

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                1. re: MikeR

                  If he likes Patsy's/Grimaldi's, he should like Pupatella and Orso.

                  1. re: Bob W

                    Second Pupatella. Never been served "pizza soup" there.

                    1. re: Bob W

                      Pupatella in Arlington is the best in the area right now. Get the buratta pizza.

                  2. How about We the Pizza? Although the crust is too thick for my tastes, they do a decent job with slices, especially the white.

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                    1. re: VaPaula

                      Like Vace, I've just never understood the love of this place. I remember eating the BBQ chicken pizza and thinking, "Whole Foods makes a much better version of this." IMO, Spike Mendelsohn is a lousy chef but a great self-marketer.

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          Oh, I've tried them. I think the honest truth is that Spike is a gifted hustler who knows how to sell product, but he's a lousy chef. Huge TV fame and his first moves are to open to mediocre fast-food style joints? Their success shows he knows how to make money, the beyond-mediocre pizza and burgers shows he's a lousy chef.