100 Best Restaurants 2008: 2 Amys
No. 30: 2 Amys
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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2 Amys
Address: 3715 Macomb St., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-885-5700
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday 5 to 10 PM, Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 10 PM, Friday through Saturday 11 to 11, and Sunday noon to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes A Romanesco cauliflower deepened by anchovy, sweet garlic, and a touch of hot pepper; plump, tart sardines; an eggplant Parmesan; the Vongole pizza topped with cockles in the shell; the simple Margherita pizza with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil; sup
Price Details: Appetizers $3.95 to $6.75; pizzas $7.95 to $12.95.

Cuisine: Regional and microregional tidbits and antipasti at Peter Pastan’s love letter to Italy have all but eclipsed the original concept of authentic Neapolitan wood-oven pizza with arcane toppers.

Mood: Abuzz with conversation and the squeals of children, it’s as raucous and loud downstairs as ever. But the new dining room upstairs is decibels lower thanks to an unofficial no-kids policy.

Best for: Foodie parents of young kids.

Best dishes: Crinkly oven-roasted olives; fava-bean crostini drizzled with fruity olive oil; crisp zucchini-and-prosciutto croquettes; earthy cranberry beans with pungent house-cured mackerel bottarga and chives; deviled eggs with spicy green sauce; salumeri and cheese plates, especially the boar cacciatorini, prosciutto di San Daniele, and lomo; Margherita pizza; Etna pizza with eggplant confit and capers; silky Marsala custard; house-made ice creams and sorbets; minni di virgini with fiore di latte ice cream and a glass of Moscato from Pantelleria.

Insider tips: The menu has too many gems to focus solely on the pizza. The place doesn’t take reservations and can be frenetic from 6 to 8 on weeknights and weekends, so try to time dinner accordingly.

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