The Best Pizza in Town
Here are 11 places to try. Now tell us who we left out.
Few topics, save for politics and sports, inspire the kinds of arguments that pizza does. Transplants from New York swear by their thin crust, fold-in-half obsession; Midwest natives insist that deep-dish pies stuffed with cheese are the way to go; and for converts who’ve discovered Neapolitan-style, there’s often no turning back. Fortunately, our area offers seemingly endless options from pizza masters who take their craft seriously. Here are 11 places we’ve deemed worthy of a visit. Give them a taste. And then fight about it.
Like its sister spot in Clarendon, Northside’s Falls Church café has become a go-to for teleworkers or friends to meet over coffee, pastries and sandwiches. But this relative newcomer to The Little City (it opened in June) also offers a small wood-fired pizza menu from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Chef Emer O’Rourke swears by the Vermont, with white cheddar, smoked prosciutto, caramelized onion, apple and sage. Or try the Liberty Barbecue—an ode to the restaurant’s cousin just around the corner—with mozzarella and fontina cheeses, arugula, smoked chicken, barbecue sauce, pickled onion and Fresno chili. It brings up memories of summers around the grill without overwhelming your taste buds. For seasonal pies, O’Rourke hopes to offer ingredients such as figs in the summer; squash with pumpkin seeds, prosciutto and cheddar in the fall; and cauliflower, arugula, bacon and pickled raisins in the winter.
205 Park Ave., Falls Church City; northsidesocialva.com