2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria – Washington, DC

by PizzaSnobo on October 22, 2010

3715 Macomb Street, NW
Washington, DC  20016

Washington, DC is not what PizzaSnobo calls a world class restaurant town, but 2 Amys is one of those places that seems to always draw a crowd. Luckily, the friendly efficient staff keeps things moving without generating too much stress. The restaurant is simply decorated and like most pizzerias it’s good for families. One drawback however is the noise level. 2 Amys gets loud! What did you say? Very loud indeed. But that isn’t stopping Washingtonians from coming, or from spending ten minutes looking for parking, since the restaurant is not very close to the Metro.

Following the D.O.C. rules for Neapolitan pizza, the 10 inch pies at 2 Amys are very reasonable at $11.95.  The pizza does not come sliced, which might be common practice in Europe, but here we wonder if they do it because they know the soft, gummy crust is hard to cut all the way through, and because the cheese tends to stay together as a single unit. The margherita uses mozzarella di bufala, which is placed strategically around the pie in golf ball size wads. The cheese tastes quite good, but it does not spread well across the pizza, so some parts are heavy with cheese while other sections are left barren. And the cheese tends to slide off the pizza as a single blob, so be careful how you eat. The sauce is fine, not too tart, but there needs to be more of it. While the margherita is very minimalist – we’d even call it overrated – it is the specialty pies that are the reason why 2 Amys is so popular. Be sure to try the appetizers as well, including the Suppli a telefono (stuffed rice balls), which are not to be missed.

2 Amys also has a nice beer selection and the bar in the back is a good place to wait for a table. Come here and wait if you need to, but even though the ingredients might be high quality, a basic margherita pie here is not as good as you have probably heard.

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