Who doesn’t love pizza night? A cheesy slice is easy, cheap and a universal crowd pleaser. DC’s burgeoning pizza scene means there’s something for everyone, from thin crust to deep dish pies—even picky eaters will want in on this gooey goodness. Scroll on for the best places to enjoy an easy-peasy pizza dinner in the DMV.
Wiseguy Pizza has three outposts, but the one at Canal Park might be our favorite; it’s convenient to the winter ice rink, the summer splash park, the farmer’s market and all the fun at Navy Yard. Slices are cut from an 18″ pie, so you get a whopping piece that easily feeds two kids. In addition to traditional toppings, you’ll find unique offerings like curry chicken, Korean chicken and paneer tikka. Bonus: there is a gelato shop on property.
202 M St. SE
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Emmy Squared Pizza
For those that love thick-crust pizza, head to this new establishment in Shaw that serves burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads alongside their Detroit-style, square-shape pizzas. It’s a great place to go if not everyone loves a gooey slice. The Le Big Matt has gotten press praise from the Gothamist and The Tennessean as one of the best burgers in New York and Nashville (we’re confident it will quickly become a DC-notable, as well). Sandwiches are served on pretzel buns.
1924 8th St. NW
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Pull up a step-stool and introduce your kids to a classic arcade game at this pizzeria and pinball hall. This arcade features retro favorites along with some new editions and all are under fifty cents. Pizza offerings here are simple, thin-crust NY-style slices. You can help yourself to an old fashioned soda or self-serve water.
4924 St Elmo Ave.
Seventh Hill in Eastern Market has one of the best mixtures to put on a pie. The ‘Navy Yard’ pizza is topped with some seriously must-taste Toulouse sausage and finished off with a fine pecorino cheese. Go there hungry and order up one of the fifteen pies they have, each named after a District neighborhood. Try the Seventh Street with prosciutto, Parmesan with roasted red peppers and tomatoes for a taste of the Eastern Market.
327 7th St. SE
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza in Friendship Heights knows how to feed a family. Gather round one of their tables (there are four locations in D.C. and NoVA), and ask for the 18-inch pizza. Your little army will devour the cheese-dripping slices made in the New Haven style. Don’t forget to ask for the namesake New Haven white pizza with fresh clams, garlic and EVOO.
4940 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Head on over to Cleveland Park for one of the city’s oldies but goodies in the pizza parlor realm. The Classic Neopolitan pizza at 2 Amy’s is not just authentic by our taste bud’s standards but recognized by the Italian government for its authenticity. The flavors are Old World and right on. Save room for dessert because this District gem has a Marsala Custard served up in a coffee cup that will melt in your mouth. 2 Amy’s cravings are standard in this town.
3715 Macomb St. NW
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You wouldn’t normally match up Springfield with great tasting pizza but Malek’s Pizza Palace off Old Keane Mill road will change your mind. Fans of a chewy but crispy crust will be happy to dig into the pies in this family friendly establishment. Wee ones will get a kick out of the spaghetti pizza, too. Family-owned with offerings like pizza fries, Greek pizza and a divine Vineyard pizza which features no red sauce, Malek’s will become a family favorite fast.
7118 Old Keene Mill Rd.
Get your hunger pangs in check at this conveyor-belt pizza parlor, with locations across the city. The personal-size craft pizzas are made with fresh local ingredients. A popular choice is the Farmer’s Daughter, which combines a spicy tomato sauce, spinach, fennel sausage, fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano… all topped with red pepper chili oil and a cracked egg. Pickier palates can mix and match crust (there’s even a gluten free option), sauce, cheese and toppings.
1400 K St. NW
1118 H St. NE
H St. Cooridor
1005 E St. NW
Various additional locations
—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Victoria Mason