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Neopolitan Pizza in and around DC

Worldwide Diner Jan 24, 2014 08:04 PM

With some help, maybe we can compile a list of Neopolitan pizza joints.

I'll start with those that I go to:
Il Canale
2 Amy's

As between Pupatella and Orso, I prefer Pupatella's pizzas. I haven't been to Il Canale in quite some time but it's generally pretty good. 2 Amy's - not worth the hassle of getting there and finding parking but the pizzas are good (just not better then the former 3).

Da Marco - I've only been once. I heard the qualify has fallen off.

Menomale and Pacci - never been.

Please add other Neopolitan pizza joints that I missed and rank your personal favorites.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 24, 2014 08:20 PM

    Here's my list (of the places that I've been to more than 5x)

    2 Amy
    Il Calanle

    Some comments:
    - The gap between Menomale and the others is pretty wide.
    - Pardiso could probably make it on the list based on its bottarga pizza alone.
    - 2 Amys edges out Pardiso because I think it makes the best margherita in the district.
    - Never been to Pupatella (hardly ever get out to Arlington much when I'm in DC unfortunately)

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      kcwhitney RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 25, 2014 03:02 AM

      The answer to your question is Menomale. Go there and you will find what you are looking for.

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        Steve RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 25, 2014 06:02 AM


        Red Rocks

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          Worldwide Diner RE: Steve Jan 25, 2014 06:25 AM

          I guess Etto qualifies too. I haven't been to Red Rocks in ages but if there's one near me I'd probably go check it out. I haven't been to Ghibellina or Etto (anyone care to compare the two?).

          1. re: Worldwide Diner
            hamster RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 25, 2014 08:09 PM

            Etto's better than Ghibellina, by a mile. Though this is based on only one visit to each.

        2. DanielK RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 25, 2014 09:01 AM

          1. Pupatella
          2. Orso
          3. Pizza CS (Rockville)
          4. 2 Amy's
          5. Mia's (Bethesda)
          6. Paradiso

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            dsmith5101 RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 28, 2014 10:30 AM

            We the Pizza is the best in DC

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              ipsedixit RE: dsmith5101 Jan 28, 2014 10:45 AM

              We the Pizza is not Neapolitan.

              It's not even "Neopolitan-style".

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                DanielK RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2014 01:17 PM

                I really wanted you to finish the post with "It's not even pizza."

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                  ipsedixit RE: DanielK Jan 28, 2014 01:39 PM


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                    monkeyrotica RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 05:41 AM

                    We the Pizza is actually quite bad, IMHO. Not as bad as his burgers, but still bad.


            2. Mister Big RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 29, 2014 06:18 AM

              Mia's is good but very pricey. Da Marco's is a better value. Oh, and Haven's pretty good.

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                Worldwide Diner RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 29, 2014 06:52 AM

                Forgot about Al Dente, and presumably the Alba Osteria does pizza in the same style.

                I've actually had very good pizzas at Al Dente, nearly as good as Pupatella.

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                  dinwiddie RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 30, 2014 01:25 PM

                  For no frills, and good value, I like Pizza CS in Rockville.

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                    bmorecupcake RE: Worldwide Diner Feb 27, 2014 07:39 AM

                    I like Menomale, but it's not for everyone. The "wet" centers can be a turn off for some people. All Neapolitan-style has this to some degree, but I think it's a bit more pronounced at Menomale.

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