The nation’s capital has become quite the food scene over the years. More and more chefs are choosing to set up shop, offering decadent dining options that are reminiscent of their hometowns. Deep dish pizza is one delicacy that has been showing up with greater frequency, providing you with the chance to experience the deep crust that became famous in Chicago. If you find yourself in Washington, DC and craving some deep dish pizza, check out our list of 8 of the best spots to check out.
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910 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Located near Ford’s Theatre, you’ll find Pi Pizzeria is a hip place with a number of creative items on the menu. In addition to the deep dish option, you can also find a thin crust, pleasing everyone in your party. The airy atmosphere has a skylight, ideal for the lunch and dinner crowd. A cocktail menu and beer list will ensure you’re well hydrated. A slice of “apple pi” is a great way to finish your meal off.
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2003 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Pizzeria Paradiso is a modern take on Chicago deep dishes, complete with a wood-fired oven that is centrally located. You can see all that’s going on as the chefs create their masterpieces. Everything is laid back, so you can take advantage of one of the international beers while you wait for your pie. There’s something for everyone, including those who are vegan or need a gluten-free option. Beyond pizza, you’ll also find salads, paninis, and more to satisfy your cravings.
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The DC Chi Pie
Inside Compare Foods, 4801 Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
DC Chi Pie is actually located on the Capitol Heights side of DC, but it’s worth the drive (or the Uber) to experience the deep dish. Some say it’s the best that the city has to offer, most likely because every pie is piled high with toppings. The black-owned business is situated inside Compare Foods, so you have to search for it. You’ll need to get it to go, but it’s some of the deepest dish pizzas you’ll ever come across outside of Chicago. Oh, and be ready. Their policy is to serve the deep-dish pies uncut.
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300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
With a name like Wiseguy, don’t assume that it’s all New York-inspired thin-crust pizzas. You’ll find some Chicago inspiration on the menu as well, providing you with delicious deep dishes. The rustic dining room allows you to sit back and relax at large tables. Plus, the open kitchen design allows you to see the pizza-making in action. Quite a few square pizzas provide you with artisan flavors, though you can always make your own from a long list of meats, veggies, and cheeses.
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2121 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037
HomeSlyce is located on the campus of The George Washington University, so you can expect quite the crowd. Students and tourists alike love visiting for the flavorful and affordable pizza. There’s plenty of seating inside, along with a full bar with TVs and high-top tables. Every pizza is served on a wooden pizza peel, adding to the overall authenticity. It’s become such a popular location over the past 10 years that more locations have opened up in Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland.
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Side Door Pizza
909 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Side Door Pizza takes deep dish to the next level by offering Detroit style. This is a hidden gem in DC, so you have to be on the lookout for it. There’s no seating inside, but you can take it to go or enjoy everything your meal on their outdoor patio. Some crazy flavors are on the menu, allowing you to have everything from roasted eggplant to organic spinach on your pizza. The risotto balls are another hit on the menu, and they’re a must-have next to your slice.
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Emmy Squared Pizza
1924 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Emmy Squared gets its name because all of the pizza coming out of the kitchen is cut into squares. It ensures that every slice has a delicious crust with toppings all the way to the edge. Dine-in, pick-up, and delivery are offered, making it easy for you to get the pizza whenever you want. The menu offers a little bit of everything, including a family-style banana pudding for dessert. There’s also a weekend brunch, and that’s when reservations are highly recommended to ensure you get a seat.
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Red Light Bar & Detroit Pizza
1401 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Red Light has a Detroit-style pizza that is not only deep but also rivals the competition. The lounge is dimly lit with a full bar that is filled with cocktails. The area’s saucy past is seen in the names of the many items on the menu. Above and beyond the pizza, you’ll find that they have a late-night snacks menu as well as a happy hour, ensuring that you’re well-fed no matter when you visit.