Ranking the best pizza pies off campus

We’re taking the challenge off campus and into the heart of the District as we continue to try to find the best pizza in D.C. While you might have to take a Metro ride to get there, these places are worth the trip. (See our rankings from last week of pizzas on campus.)

First Place: 2 Amys

This pizza place brings you across the ocean and into a cozy, rustic Italian restaurant, proving that special pizza doesn’t have to mean complicated. 2 Amys offers fresh and simple food in just the right quantities. While it’s a bit of a hike, it’s worth traveling to this D.C. institution. If you’re there on the weekend, be sure to try their homemade doughnuts for dessert!

Hours: Tue-Thu:
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
12 to 10 p.m.
5 to 10 p.m.
Pizzas: 14 choices, 23 toppings
Price: Personal cheese pizza: $11.95
3715 Macomb St. NW


Pizza and beer – what more could anyone ask for? Pizza Paradiso’s first location was such a hit they opened up another in Georgetown, offering almost 100 different types of beer with mouth-watering pizza. With a great staff and an awesome happy hour and pizza combination, Pizza Paradiso is a fantastic place to unwind after a long day of shopping on M Street.

Hours: Mon-Thu:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pizzas: 10 choices, 37 toppings
Price: Personal cheese pizza: $9.95
2003 P St. NW and 3282 M St. NW

Third Place: Matchbox

With a thin, crispy crust that you can tell just came out of the brick oven, Matchbox is a Chinatown gem. Although it always has a line out the door, their gourmet pizzas and wonderful combinations are worth the wait.

Hours: Mon-Thu:
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pizzas: 16 choices, plus create your own
Price: Personal cheese pizza: $11
713 H St. NW

Fourth Place: Washington Deli

Some say it’s the closest thing to New York pizza you can find in D.C. The Washington Deli offers a wide array of slices that change daily, ranging from sun-dried tomato to Sicilian meat lovers’. A great lunch and carry-out spot, this place lives up to its self-proclaimed title as “D.C.’s best pizza by the slice.”

Hours: Mon-Fri:
6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pizzas: 23 different types of slices daily, 27 large pies
Price: One slice and a medium fountain drink: $4
1990 K St. NW

Fifth Place: Jumbo Slice

While we tend to only eat Jumbo Slice after a few drinks, it is just as good when you are sober, we promise! The alcohol is not blurring reality, it only enhances that magical satisfaction after a long night out. Whether you’re sharing or hoarding it, these extra large slices always have a great story attached to them.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Weekends: Open till 5 a.m.
Pizzas: Only 3 different types, but does it matter in the wee hours of the morning?
Price: $4 to $5 for a slice
18 Street NW between Kalorama Square and N. Belmont Rd.

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