A few years ago my hankering for good pizza in DC always led back to the same place: 2 Amys. In recent years, the DC pizza puzzle has been much easier to solve thanks to brick oven offerings such as Matchbox, Fireworks, and Pete's Apizza. But for certified (2 Amys is a card-carrying member of the Verace Pizza Napoletana) Neapolitan pizza, 2 Amys remains second to none in DC.
The family-friendly prices almost always bring a loud and rambunctious atmosphere to the dining room -- not always the most relaxing evening. But I recently discovered that 2 Amys to-go travels splendidly. A few weeks ago B readily volunteered to pick up this treat on his way home from work--could that be because of the quality, affordable Italian wine selection by the glass and small bites available at the bar while he waits? I think so. But I'll take it!
Last week, a starter of polpettes was ample for sharing among three. These fork tender, bite-size meatballs were almost sweet and complimented by a generous douse of tangy marinara sauce.
The pizzas that followed -- Margarita, Santa Brigida, Norcia -- all had a nicely charred, chewy crust with just the right amount of sweet and salt contrast. The toppings were fresh, flavorful, and would have been a treat on their own. Rich mozzarella, house-cured salami, and peppery arugula added great flavor to that textbook crust.
The WaPo food critic asserts that 2 Amys has lost its luster, but in my experience, 2 Amys is still an authentic, delicious treat. This Italian escape runs about $12 per individual pizza.