What’s the best deep dish pizza in the D.C. area?

February 8, 2013

New York Magazine's list of 101 Awesome Pies (and Slices) is pizza porn, plain and simple. Even so, it's particularly well executed: Sumptuous pies in myriad styles from across the country: thin crust, Neapolitan, New York style, Sicilian, deep dish. Even frozen pizzas get their due. (Important: Trader Joe's > Anyone.)

Two D.C. pizzerias are represented on the list: Valentino's New York Style Pizzeria in Alexandria, and longtime D.C. favorite Armand's Chicago Pizzeria.

(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

I was raised on Armand's, so I'm biased here, but I think it's among the D.C. area's best pizzas. I crave it. Even so, I'll freely recognize it's not a true doppelganger for the Windy City's finest deep dish. It has a different crust, and the sauce isn't the chunky marinara that usually sits atop a Chicago pie's cheese. But it's a D.C. original, somewhere on the same deep dish continuum as a St. Louis-style pizza (see District of Pi), which uses a deep cornmeal crust. The flagship Tenleytown Armand's closed in June, but locations in Capitol Hill, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Olney remain.

Other nods for D.C. deep dish? Leave 'em in the comments.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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