Italy-Approved Pizza at 2Amys in Washington, DC
January 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – Ah, Naples. Peaceful piazzas, the sunny Mediterranean, and a taste that’s worth traveling around the world for: wood-fired pizzas. Naples is recognized as the birthplace of pizza, and the delicious pies are such a delicacy that they’re actually “protected” by the Italian government with D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status. This dictates that pizzas must be made with specific ingredients and preparation methods in order to receive the official stamp of Neapolitan authenticity.
Luckily, we don’t have to book a flight to Italy every time we get a hankering for a genuine slice. Right here in our nation’s capital is 2Amys, a Cleveland Park pizzeria that’s a card-carrying member of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association. That means the restaurant makes their pizza dough using only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water, and sea salt. Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh basil or dried oregano are the toppings used exclusively for the D.O.C. pizzas. And of course, they’re cooked only in a wood-burning oven.
If you’re not such a purist, 2Amys also has “non-D.O.C.” pizzas that benefit from the greater flexibility in toppings, including eggplant confit, polpettine (Italian meatballs), and grilled peppers. And pretty much everything coming out of that wood-burning oven is scrumptious. We’re fans of the porchetta roast (half a pig seasoned with garlic, rosemary, fennel pollen, hot pepper, salt, and pepper) available Saturdays after 4:00pm. Plus, the housemade pastries like sfogliatelle (filled with sweetened ricotta and semolina and available only on Friday evenings) promise a sweet and flaky finish to any meal.
Despite its elite Italian cred, 2Amys has a humble, neighborhood joint-type vibe. Families with boisterous young kids tend to pack the front room, while the wine bar (serving cheese, charcuterie, small plates, and Italian wines), patio, and upstairs dining room are better options for date night. Prepare for a bit of a wait at peak times due to the no-reservations policy. Solo diners might find the service on the neglectful side, as large groups often command the majority of the servers’ attention.
But there’s no need for impatience when the grub is this good. We’re usually perfectly content to munch on our pizza and sip on our wine without too much tending to. Just remember that this is way more convenient (and cheaper) than buying a ticket to Naples. Think of it as “Washington, D.(O.)C.”!
Read more about 2Amys in our Washington, DC Guide.