best pizza in Alexandria

The Best Pizza in Alexandria and Beyond

February 6, 2023 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

Looking for the best pizza in Alexandria? We’ve got you covered! It’s national pizza day and to celebrate we’re reviewing our favorite pizza places in Alexandria and beyond!

Pizza is a “go-to” meal for most families, whether it’s a quick takeout order or a sit-down meal in a restaurant. There are so many options for fabulous pizza in Alexandria. From Neapolitan to New York style, we’ve picked out our favorite places for the best pizza in Alexandria!

OLD TOWN

Faccia Luna

823 S. Washington Street

Faccia Luna was named Best Pizza in 2015 and 2016 by Washington City Paper and they deserve it! Try their Via Toscana, a white pizza with caramelized onion, prosciutto, and smoked gouda or its signature Faccia Luna, with sausage, mushroom, and roasted red peppers. Faccia Luna offers a variety of Italian menu options, including pasta and sandwiches, plus a kids’ menu. Along with their delicious pizza, excellent specials are available Friday and Saturday nights.

Bugsy’s

111 King Street

Looking for a place to watch the game while having your pizza? Try Bugsy’s for its lively sports bar atmosphere. Named for former Washington Capital Bryan “Bugsy” Watson (a former owner), this neighborhood gathering spot offers gourmet thick and thin-crust pizzas. If you’re looking for an authentic deep-dish pizza, Bugsy’s is the place for you. Stop by for its bar lunch special Monday through Friday (just $5 for their chosen lunch favorites) or happy hour every weekday from from 4-7pm. Staying in? Bugsy’s will deliver to Old Town, Rosemont, Beverley Hills, Del Ray, Belle View and Montebello.

RedRocks (Allison’s favorite)

904 King Street

RedRocks has both delicious Neapolitan style pizza and a fabulous wine list. Try its $12 lunch special, which includes your choice of a wood-oven pizza, salad, or sandwich and a drink. In addition to pizza, RedRocks offers sandwiches and full entrees, including Braised Short Rib Gnocchi and Seafood Risotto. Have a seat at the bar for happy hour and try one of RedRocks’ signature cocktails like “Grandma’s Spiked Gingerbread Man.” RedRocks also hosts private events for up to 26 people.

Emmy Squared Pizza (Marty’s favorite)

124 King Street

Located at the bottom of historic King Street, Emmy Squared brings Detroit-style pizzas to Old Town. Pro-tip: not only is their pizza delicious, their burgers have also been named as one of the best burgers in NYC. Besides pizza and burgers, you’ll find delectable appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Sue likes their spinach salad.

Our pizza recommendations: Of course we love the classic Margherita with red sauce, burrata, and basil, but if you’re really hungry try the Big Al with red sauce, burrata, basil, sausage, and calabrian chilies, or choose to make your own! 

Our team’s review: Emmy Squared is delicious, yet polarizing–  make sure you’re in the mood for deep dish pizza. Great gluten-free options!  Marty regularly visits for the gluten-free margherita pizza.

Andy’s Pizza (Bonnie, Rachel, and Kristen’s favorite)

107 N Fayette Street 

Andy’s moved into the old Five Guys (and Megrolls) spot  on Fayette Street, right off of King Street, and has wowed Old Town with its NY style pizza. Andy’s utilizes artisan baking methods and source only the best ingredients. In addition to pizza, you’ll find starters like chicken tenders, wings, old bay fries, and various salads. 

Our pizza recommendations: The classic Pepperoni Pie did not disappoint! Also be sure to try the White Pie with roasted garlic olive oil, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta sopraffina if you love cheese, and try the Carnivore Pie with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and sausage if you love meat! 

Our team’s review: For those who love thin crust pizza, you’ve got to try Andy’s! Andy’s was overall the team favorite. However, we were disappointed to find out there were no gluten-free options.

 

ELSEWHERE IN ALEXANDRIA

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (Sam’s favorite)

401 E Braddock Road 

Lena’s was created to provide a gathering place where families and friends can escape their hectic daily routines, relax, and commune in an environment reminiscent of the family table. From soups, salads, small bites, pastas, and entrees, you can’t go wrong at Lena’s. But of course, you’ll have to try the pizza cooked in a 900 degree wood-fired oven. The Meatball pizza with house-made all beef meatball slices is delicious if you’re a meat lover. Veggie lovers will rejoice in the choice of either the Seasonal Roasted Vegetable pizza or the Mushroom pizza.  

Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana (Sue’s favorite)

Alexandria Commons Shopping Center – 3231 Duke Street

Frank Pepe’s is your traditional old school pizzeria. They offer salads and pizzas cooked via coal-fire. The coal-fired heat source produces a crispy yet chewy crust. This is what gives a Frank Pepe’s pizza that signature crispy, slightly charred crust. Specialty pies include the Chicken Diavolo, White Clam Pizza, Original Tomato Pie, and much more. Fan favorite pies include Mozzarella and Pepperoni, Shrimp (White Pizza), Mozzarella and Sausage to name a few. 

Our pizza recommendations: Try the Amanti Della Carne with crushed Italian tomatoes, mozzarella, meatball, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and grated pecorino romano if you are a meat lover, and the Veggie Special with crushed Italian tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, onion, grated pecorino romano and olive oil if you like veggie pizzas.

Our team’s review: Delicious traditional Italian style pizza! Tons of options! Love the thin crust. Unfortunately no gluten-free pizza!

&pizza (Brenda’s favorite)

Bradlee Shopping Center – 3690L King Street Suite L 

Originally founded on H Street in DC, &pizza has spread to 36 locations in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. &pizza is like the Chipotle of pizza– it sells personal and customizable oblong-shaped pizzas. Additionally, a fun detail is that they tailor each location to its neighborhood, with local artists designing the interiors. &pizza offers pizza, knots, and some locations serve beer, wine, and cocktails. 

Our pizza recommendations: For a new take on a meat pizza try the Maverick with classic tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, basil pesto, and parmesan-romano. If you like a little sweet and spicy combo try the American Honey with spicy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, arugula, goat cheese, hot honey, and red pepper flakes. For a white pizza try The Goat with parm-romano sauce, special T sauce, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, and fig balsamic. Or make your own. 

Our team’s review: The oval shape of the pizza creates a larger crust with less room for toppings, but the flavors are unique and the make-your-own options are plentiful. Also we love that there are gluten and dairy free options!

Primo Family Restaurant

1636 Belle View Boulevard

A Belle Haven institution, Primo’s has been family-owned and operated since 1988. Try the “Wolverine “ (the mascot of nearby West Potomac High School), with toppings of pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, and bacon. Visit on Tuesday Pizza Night, when a second large pizza is just $4.99. This family-friendly restaurant offers so many different options beyond pizza, including a great variety of both Italian and Greek entrees. The back room at Primo’s is a great spot for a birthday party or team dinner. Primo’s also sells its dough so you can make your own pizza at home!

Valentino’s

4813 Beauregard Street

Valentino’s has that authentic New York style pizza for those Northerners in DC searching for the pizza they know and love. Its pizza varieties range from vegetarian to the “Meat Worshipper.” Valentino’s extensive menu features everything Italian from calzones to pasta classics, such as Pasta Bolognese and Penne Vodka. You can take out or dine in at this kid-friendly spot.

Del Ray Pizzeria

2218 Mt. Vernon Avenue and 1401 Belle Haven Road

With locations in both Del Ray and Belle Haven, Del Ray Pizzeria is an Alexandria institution! Its cleverly named pizzas, such as “Maui Wowie” (with ham and pineapple) and “The Gringo” (a thin crust white pizza) are divine. Del Ray Pizzeria also has an extensive wine and beer list. The Del Ray location has Trivia Night every Monday and “Small Plates and Suds” on Tuesdays. The Belle Haven location includes a 1,000 square foot garden that provides the majority of its salad ingredients. Both locations offer outdoor seating. Belle Haven also offers sinful frozen desserts at its adjoining The Custard Shack (open April – October). Custard Flavors of the Day include Double Fudge Brownie, Oatmeal Cookie, and Pecan Pie.

Piece Out Del Ray

2419 Mount Vernon Avenue

Piece Out is an Italian kitchen located in the heart of Del Ray. They offer New York-style thin-crust as well as Detroit-style thick crust. At Piece Out you can order full pizzas or just pizza slices. They offer slices for $4. You can also add a Piece Out Pils beer for $2 more to any pizza slice order. In addition to pizza, Piece Out also has delicious sandwiches as well as other Italian entrees. Other happy hour specials include $2 off Draft Beers, $4 Piece out Pils, $5 Glasses of White, Red, or Rose,

$5 Sangria, $5 Garlic Parm Fries, Fried Zucchini, & Meatballs.

Pupatella (Laura’s favorite) 

Various locations in Arlington, Fairfax, West Springfield, Reston, Dupont, Leesburg, and Richmond 

Pupatella serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza exactly as it has been prepared for over 150 years in Naples, Italy. Every pizza maker must go through rigorous training that may last up to a year to become a Pizzaiolo (Neapolitan Pizza maker) at Pupatella. This special pizza is baked in a traditional 900+ degree wood-fired pizza oven manufactured in Naples. At pupatella you’ll find everything from small plates and salads, to small bites, to paninis, to pasta, and of course pizza! The pizza options are plentiful with classic options like the Margherita to Chorizo for meat lovers and Eggplant & Red Pepper for veggie lovers.  

The Italian Store (Trang’s favorite) 

Various Locations in Arlington  

The Italian Store is a 30+ year old family owned gourmet Italian Specialty Shop, delivering hard to find Italian products sourced from Italy and Brooklyn. From homemade style ravioli and pasta, to fresh cheese & meat, to unique Italian wines, the Italian Store has the products you cannot find anywhere else. In the deli you’ll find made to order Italian subs, fresh New York style pizza, and ready-to-go entrées prepared daily. While the selection may be more limited, the pizza will not disappoint! 

 

WASHINGTON, DC 

2 Amys

3715 Macomb Road

Open since 2001, 2 Amy’s is a great spot for family’s while being known as the standard for Neopolitan pizza in the District. If you love wood-fired, crips pizzas, then 2 Amy’s is definitely a spot you need to check out. They also have some rather unique pizza toppings including fried eggplant, capers and anchovy.  They also have a great assortment of small plates and salads to chose from to go along with your pizza.

Menomale

2711 12th St NE

Menomale is another hit with Neopolitan style pizza. Tucked away in the Brookland neighborhood of DC, Menomale is a big favorite among students at Catholic University. Menomale sources ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and crafts a very thick and chewy crust that customers love. The dough and Menomale also doubles as the bread for wood-fired sandwiches full of Italian cured meats. The diavola pizza is definitely one of the more popular items, with spicy salami and red peppers. Menomale also features a ‘s’mores pizza for you to try as a dessert!

 

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