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Local Pizza

Local Pizza

Everyone who knows me knows I really miss New York pizza, ever since moving here 13 years ago. Over the years, Northern Virginia has gradually gotten better about its pizza. I know closer to DC there are better / more authentic pizza places, but out here almost all restaurants are chains. Here’s what I’ve found that I like, in approximate order:

1) Primo Italiano (Reston): Small chain, just a few stores. My favorite. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver this far out, and they’re closed on Sundays.

2) Mama Lucia’s (Reston): Small chain. More of an eat-in restaurant. Good, but a little too greasy, even for N.Y. style. Great free appetizer bread.

3) Deli Italiano (Great Falls): Non-chain (as far as we know). Delivers to the house, good pizza, especially the crust. This is what we usually eat, because of the delivery. A little pricey.

4) Emilio’s (Sterling): Eat-in restaurant. Brick oven, crispy crust. Quite good.

5) Pizzarama (Great Falls): A mile from our house, but doesn’t deliver. Pretty good, though the sauce is a little too sweet for me. They are the only place we’ve found in VA that has garlic knots like N.Y., so they get extra points for that.

If you know someplace else we should check out locally, let me know!



  1. Jim
    April 26, 2008

    Ciro’s NY Pizza in Centreville at the intersection of rt 28 and 29. (sorry for the music…)

    Great NY pizza, white pizza, Caprese, and Pizza Luna – all awesome! I’ve never had a dinner there, because I can’t get past the pizza…


  2. nick
    April 27, 2008

    I’m starting to make my own pizza. Not quite as good as ny pizza (since my oven doesn’t get that hot) but still better than anything up here in fredneck.

  3. techno
    April 27, 2008

    Tony’s NY Pizza @ Fair Lakes in Fairfax.

  4. Scott Nolan
    April 29, 2008

    I second techno’s suggestion for Tony’s in Fair Lakes. It is very much like Primo Italiano that I love also when I want that NY style experience.

    I also like non-NY style Pizzas, but that is an entirely different cuisine with it’s own special players.

  5. Vnend
    May 2, 2008

    I wish I could recommend something local. If you are ever in the Louisville, KY area, I can recommend Rocky’s. The first (and so far still one of the few) places I have ever found that makes a whole wheat crust option. Whenever I am back there we try to have lunch there, and their take-out is good too.

    I have found references to NYC places with whole wheat crusts, but nothing down this way. :-( So the only time I get to have pizza around here is either when Ellen whips up a batch of whole wheat dough or I break the diet.

  6. techno
    May 4, 2008

    Magpie’s pizza here in Tucson makes a great whole wheat pie.