A Neapolitan pizza comes out of the wood-burning stove at 2 Amys in Washington. (Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post)

The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide.

Strolling into this Neapolitan subscriber after too much time away, I’m struck by how familiar it all seems: the spare yellow dining room crowded with families, the wood bar with its tall tables and hanging meats, the frantic ding! ding! ding! of a kitchen bell alerting servers to a ready-and-waiting pizza. The crusts are as I remember them: thin, crisp, nicely charred in spots — bread you could eat on its own. But a topping of pale crumbled sausage, ramps and artichokes was vague enough for us to request anchovies for reinforcement. A menu category called “Little Things” still yields contentments, including salt cod croquettes, big as golf balls and best eaten with a spritz of lemon. But a bunch of rapini awash in vincotto, or “cooked wine,” made for a sadly sweet salad. Better: smoky swordfish belly arranged in ribbons over a minted green sauce, one of the many small plates on the specials list. “Save room for dessert,” urges our bartender, an amazing juggler of beers, wines, cocktails — and recommendations — in the back room. Strawberry shortcake lets us follow some misses with a hit. Ultimately, Two Amys feels like the good old days more than it tastes like them.

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2 stars

→3715 Macomb St. NW. 202-885-5700. 2amysdc.com.

Open: Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, dinner Monday.

Prices: Pizzas $9 to $15.

Sound check: 90 decibels / Extremely loud.

Previously (2009): 2.5 stars