The Ten: Best Pizzerias

Words and photo by Nevin Martell

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This installment takes a look at the primo pie palaces around. Almost everyone has a strong opinion on their favorite slice, so we’re pretty sure that this list will ignite a fiery debate in the comments section over who was and wasn’t included.


2 Amys

This Cathedral Heights institution has been setting the bar for over a decade with its D.O.C. certified Neapolitans that are worth the wait.


Pizzaiolo Enzo Algarme turns out a steady stream of top-notch rounds that make a trip to Arlington feel like transatlantic journey to Naples.

Pizzeria Orso

A longtime favorite with Falls Church diners, this pizzeria continues to flourish under the steady hand of executive chef Will Artley who also turns out designer doughnuts for the weekend brunch.    


The wood fired zas at this Chinatown hot spot boast big personalities, just like chef-owner Mike Isabella. For a decadent breakfast for dinner, order the Countryman slathered with black truffle paste, dotted with pools of Fontina, and topped with a golden over-easy egg.


This friendly Neapolitan outpost in Silver Spring offers up a straightforward menu of lovingly crafted pizzas, including one dessert pie that’s sauced with Nutella and topped with strawberry slices.

Vacce Italian Delicatessen

You come to this Cleveland Park takeout joint to score some topsy-turvy pizza (cheese on the bottom, sauce on the top) and to pick up freshly made dough so you can make your own pies at home.


You can design your own pizza or opt for one of the nine signature creations, such as the meaty Grilled featuring mortadella, capicola, and salami. 

PS 7’s

Chinatown isn’t a likely destination for Italian cuisine, so the flatbreads at Peter Smith’s restaurant may surprise you. Opt for Nutty Goat, which earns its joke-waiting-to-happen name from the fact that it’s topped with both walnut butter and goat gouda cheese. 

Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

One of the few spots in the area that offers up a taste of Connecticut’s take on the pizza tradition. Plus, they make an open-faced calzone called a sorbillo stuffed with soppressata, mozzarella, and ricotta that’s out of this world.


If Heat Seekers is looking for some new locations to visit next season, the crew should stop by to try the Fire & Smoke. This not-for-the-faint-of-heart za gets a spicy kick from a chipotle pepper tomato sauce and an aggressive garlic puree.

  • Nina

    What about Comet Ping Pong? :(