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2 Amys

3715 Macomb St., NW
Washington, DC 20016

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Rowdy

Reservations: Not Accepted

Website: http://www.2amyspizza.com/

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Party Space, Outdoor Seating

100 Best Restaurants 2010: 2 Amys

No. 28: 2 Amys

Cuisine: Its reputation was built on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, but the kitchen’s small-plate specials—which can include a fry plate of batter-dipped sardines and lemon slices—have come to overshadow the pies. Chef/owner Peter Pastan and his crew scour the markets for the best each season has to offer for their ever-changing list of specials. The one constant: intensity of flavor.

Mood: The cramped main dining area can be noisy, but it’s a good option for families with youngsters and for those who enjoy a charged atmosphere. For anyone who doesn’t, the cozier back bar and the quieter upstairs offer a more relaxed experience.

Best for: All those who claim the Washington area lacks simple, authentic Italian trattoria fare at reasonable prices.

Best dishes: Seasonal specials of late have included a Romanesco cauliflower deepened by anchovy, sweet garlic, and a touch of hot pepper; plump, tart sardines that taste of the sea; and an exceptional eggplant Parmesan. Among regular menu items: the Vongole pizza topped with cockles in the shell; the simple Margherita pizza with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil; superb house-made sorbets and ice creams.

Insider tips: Late Saturday and Sunday mornings bring house-made doughnuts as well as freshly baked onion-topped bialys and plain bagels served with cured salmon, house-made cream cheese, and red onion.

Service: ••

Open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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