DC’s Pizza Problem
I agree with Tiffany’s recent post — I think it’s possible to find decent pizza in the area. For example, I like Tony’s New York Pizza in Virginia’s Fair Lakes Shopping Center. Tony’s often does great in reader’s polls and on top of great pizza they have superb calzones — real calzones, not the flipped-on-themselves pizzas some DC joints, like Pizza Movers, sell as calzones.
But I’d have to drive an hour to get there, so I pretty much never go. And that’s why DC is the worst place for pizza I’ve ever been in. Not because good pizza doesn’t exist, but because the appalling ratio of great to less-than-great pizza.
I live in Northwest DC and there are a ton of places that will deliver to me — Listrani’s, L’Appetito, Cafe Romeo, Philadelphia Pizza Company* and a few others. And some of these places aren’t bad at all … but none of them knock my socks off. I can do about as well cooking up a Wolfgang Puck’s frozen pizza.
I fear the day when I have friends in from NYC or Chicago or San Francisco and they suggest we get a pizza delivered. I’ll have to explain to them that, while we can get a pizza delivered, we can’t get a great one delivered. Will they, who will likely be used to living within walking distance of at least one phenomenal pizza place, even be able to wrap their heads around that?
*Don’t ask me ask me how Philadelphia Pizza Company got its name — as far as I can tell its only location is in DC and it bills itself as “New York Style Pizza.”