The Best Pizza Pies in the DMV
Tired of catering to each person’s palette at dinner? It’s time to grab some slices! A cheesy pizza 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 buy an easy-peasy pizza dinner near Washington, DC.
Kids will clamor for the swing seat at this rustic pizzeria. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, but this popular spot can boast a wait. The upside? There is much to see, do and check out in Petworth. Pop into near-by Loyalty Books while you wait. You can also order a pizza to grab & go. 809 Upshur St. NW Petworth Online: timberpizza.com
Side Door Pizza
This Detroit-style pizzeria features thick crust and sauce-topped cheese. This pizza is strictly to-go, but there is a small picnic table outside the venue for those that need to immediately dive in. 909 New Jersey Ave. SE Navy Yard Online: sidedoorpizza.com
The individual pizzas at this Dupont Circle restaurant are generous enough you can share a pie with a little eater. Fresh toppings with unique offerings, like pine nuts, make these pies stand outs. The outdoor dining option is part of the draw at this kid-friendly pizzeria. 1801 18th St. NW Dupont Circle Online: pupatella.com
If you're craving a slice from the Big Apple head to this Shaw outpost for some NY-inspired pies. Plant-based eaters and vegan families will rejoice when they bit into their veg options that taste like the real deal. Slices are a little bit pricey, but worth the extra dough!
2016 9th St NW
You and your family have probably long loved the wood-fired pizzas at Pizzeria Paradiso’s, so it's time to bring a pie home! If you're ready for on-sight dining, it's nice to know this popular pizzeria offers a little tableside entertainment; their open kitchens let little ones can ooh and ahh at their pizzas being made. You might learn a thing or two yourself about pizza perfection.
3282 M St. NW
2003 P St. NW
124 King St.
4800 Rhode Island Ave.
Comet Ping Pong
This neighborhood gem truly caters to all needs. Everyone will love the pizza (with vegan and gluten-free options), and Mom and Dad (and adventurous tykes) should save room for the wood-roasted spaghetti squash, cauliflower, and beets. Or the Tin Roof Sundae. Or both—we won’t tell.
5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Uno Pizzeria and Grill
The Chicago-inspired deep dish pizza at this joint is a crowd pleaser. If you are dining on site, be sure to ask your waiter for some pizza dough for the kiddos to play with—just like Play-Doh, but not quite as eyebrow-raising if they “accidentally” eat some of that abstract dinosaur sculpture. You can even get pizza dough to go!
50 Mass. Ave. NE
3058 Gatehouse Plz.
Falls Church, VA
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 from 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.
Have a Homemade Pizza Kit ($8) delivered and cook up some fun while making dinner. Pizzeria Orso also offers salads and pasts. Don't forget to add the crowd-pleasing Bombolino, a cream-filled donut, to your order.
Insider tip: You can add beer and wine to your delivery order.
400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza in Friendship Heights knows how to feed a family. Grab a pizza to-go (or order delivery) and get ready to dive in to an and 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
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
Get ready to dish up supersized slices when you purchase a pie from Wiseguys. There is only one size here, and it's a whopping 18'. You can build your own pizza or choose from unique offerings like Korean chicken or paneer tikka.
300 Massachusetts Ave NW
1735 North Lynn St,
202 M St. SE
Emmy Squared Pizza
For those that love thick-crust pizza, head to this new establishment in Shaw that serves burgers and salads alongside their Detroit-style, square-shape pizzas. 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.
Insider tip: You can add beer and wine to your order.
1924 8th St. NW
You can’t lug Stellina Pizzeria’s brick oven home for baking, but you can grab a pizza kit to-go. Dough, sauce, cheese and toppings are included for curbside pick up or delivery. Make dinner time an art competition: have fun making individual pies into masterpieces. Before you eat be sure to judge who has the most artful toppings. Buon appetito!
399 Morse St. NE
Don’t forget to put your John Hancock on the receipt when you pay your bill at this pizza place that pays tribute to our founding fathers. From themed pies to images of the founding fathers’ faces burned into the wood of some tables, Declaration Pizza offers a historic pizza experience in two locations. The Shaw location offers a modern yet industrial interior with an accent wall created with 17,500 nickels. Do keep in mind that this location offers limited parking, so you might want to think about using a ride service or Metro. Close to the U Street Music Hall, The Howard Theater and Lincoln Theater, it’s perfectly placed to stop in for a slice before or after a performance.
Editor's Note: The Shaw location is temporarily closed.
804 V. St. NW
—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Victoria Mason, Katie Brown, Wendy Miller
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