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Lisa’s Favorite 3 Pizza Places in DC & NoVa!

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My Favorite 3 Pizza places in DC & Northern Virginia!

Growing up in Western New York, my small town of Spencerport had about 5-6 pizza places, each one better than the next. Today, there are probably over 10, even though my hometown hasn’t grown much. Pizza is definitely a staple in the town, and the very, very best pizza place was from Pizza Shack. I remember having the “Shack” every Friday night of my youth. I get hungry just thinking about it…
Sure, we have great artisan, wood-fired pizza in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, but I miss the flour-dusted takeout pizza joints I know and love.

Who has the best pie in our area? That is up for debate, but here are my favorite three:

Pizzeria Orso — This sit-down restaurant in Falls Church City is spacious and features nice appetizers (try the crispy brussel chips – even non-veggie eaters love these!) in addition to genuine Neapolitan pizza — brick oven, wood-fired delicousness!
Pupatella — This family-owned restaurant also makes traditional Neapolitan pizzas and has recently expanded to 2 Arlington locations, in addition to Dupont and Reston. I usually go for the traditional Margherita DOC pie. Their arancini (fried risotto balls) are amaze-balls (pun intended)!
Pizzeria Paradiso — Based in Washington, DC, this is one of the originals and has several locations throughout the city. While I miss the old walk-up in Dupont, the Genovese pie with potato and pesto is a surprise treat, no matter where you eat it! I was just here last weekend and the pizzas was as good as ever!

These are all great, fancy-schmancy pizza restaurants and I have a favorite pie — or two (who am I kidding) at each — but none fall into my “pizza joint” criteria. The closest I have found to great pizza joint is Duccini’s Pizza with its famous Jumbo Slice. The original location is in Adams Morgan, and they have now opened a Falls Church location that delivers to me — yes! (I know I am talking pizza here, but their stuffed shells are amazing too!)

Got a pizza joint I should try? Comment or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you. I love my adopted hometown, but I miss the hometown of my youth and its pizza pies. Don’t get me started on the wings…

For the love of real estate and pizza pies. — Lisa