In Washington DC, pizza can be just as divisive a subject as say, health care or the minimum wage. America’s capital has no distinct style of pizza to call its own, and so you’re just as likely to find DC restaurants serving up slices of thin, foldable, NY-style pizza as you are to find pizza purists dedicated to the old-school Neapolitan tradition. Of the latter, 2AMYS has long been a favorite with locals, and is one of just a handful of restaurants in DC whose pies have been certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Meanwhile, Top Chef fans willing to trade authenticity for a brush with fame can drop by We the Pizza, the brainchild of show alum Spike Mendelsohn, who tops his slices with ingredients inspired by locales ranging from Maui to Puebla, Mexico.

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