Menomale – Italian for “thank goodness” – is another Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria that opened in DC’s Brookland neighborhood in 2012. Owners Ettore and Maria Rusciano are certified pizza makers – called pizzaioli in Italy – by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples. The wood-burning oven is hand-crafted and fires the pizzas at temperatures of up to 900°F, giving them a unique flavor and texture. The Brooklandissima is a veggie pie that includes zucchini, eggplant, peppers, artichokes, gorgonzola, mozzarella, garlic and basil – definitely worth a try.
Address & telephone number: 2711 12th Street NE, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 248 3946
Bacio Pizzeria is a carry-out pizzeria in the Bloomingdale neighborhood that was started up by Atilla Suzer, a Turkish immigrant who has worked his way up in the DC pizza scene over the years. Housed in a former garage, the space features several interesting design choices, such as an antique Coca-Cola refrigerator and Turkish floor tiles, a nod to Suzer’s heritage. The menu consists of nine creations named after different DC neighborhoods that are prepared using organic ingredients only.
Address & telephone number: 81 Seaton Pl NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 232 2246
Il Canale is aptly named, as it is located right next to the C&O Canal in the heart of Georgetown. Owner Joe Farruggio was born in Sicily and came to the United States at the age of 17. The pizza here follows in the Neapolitan tradition, with classic thin crusts and simple ingredients. For a pizza that’s kicked up a notch, go with the diavola – it’s topped with a spicy salami that packs quite the punch!
Address & telephone number: 1063 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007, +1 202 337 4444