By Matthew Yglesias
Washingtonian magazine is currently running a DC pizza bracket of some kind that foolishly lets the audience vote on which pizzas are best. Pizza, however, is best understood as a draconian autocracy in which the masses should be told which pizzas are best. That said, contemplating the question simply brings home the fact that in my almost six years of living here, Washington has been transformed from a deplorable pizza town into actually quite a good pizza town.
So . . . what’s best? Some people will say 2 Amys, but the correct answer is Red Rocks in Columbia Heights started by a rogue former 2 Amys chef who correctly observed that 2 Amys’ ovens aren’t really hot enough. That said, 2 Amys is also very good and I think there’s a strong case that it’s a better restaurant all things considered. But the Red Rocks pie is best. Number three I think is Matchbox in Chinatown, where they also have good sliders. Beyond those, Comet Ping Pong, Ella’s, Radius, Vacce, Coppi’s, and Pete’s Apizza all do a respectable job. Pete’s deserves special mention as the best slice in town. If there were any justice, Pete’s would be located near a bunch of bars on U Street or Adams Morgan and would drive the gross “jumbo slice” places out of business while making millions for its owner.