300 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest; 1735 North Lynn Street, Arlington
New York-style pizza can be tough to find in Washington, but Wiseguy is as close as we get to the real thing. The house-made “motz” curds are pulled fresh every morning, and crusts are perfectly crisp. Don’t skip the parmesan-dusted garlic knots served with marinara.
Late-night hours: DC location: Open until 3 AM on Thursday, 5 AM on Friday and Saturday, 1 AM on Sunday; Arlington location: open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Piola
2208 14th Street, Northwest; 1550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
The Italian franchise, founded in Treviso in 1986, occupies a two-story space on 14th Street, plus some roomier digs in Arlington, where you can order pies with everything from prosciutto crudo ($15) to ham and pineapple ($14).
Late-night hours: Open until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday. Ghibellina
1610 14th Street, Northwest
Here’s another reason to visit this 14th Street restaurant beyond its half-priced pizza happy hour: the oven cranks out nine different pies after midnight; try the sausage variety ($17) with provolone, wood-roasted onions, peperoncino, and grana padano.
Late-night hours: Pizza served until 12:30 AM on Friday and Saturday. Duccini’s Pizza
1778 U Street, Northwest
Duccini’s is the only jumbo slice in town worth eating sober. Enough said.
Late-night hours: Open until 1 AM Sunday through Thursday, 2 AM on Friday and Saturday.
3282 M Street, Northwest; 2003 P Street, Northwest
You could probably skip the bar all together and make the DC branches of Paradiso your only stop, given the lengthy beer list. Order one of the many craft brews along with your pizza–served in 9- and 12-inch portions–and call it a night.
Late-night hours: Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
3017 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington
The Clarendon branch of Pete’s stays open late for post-bar crawl noshing. You won’t be able to order any pastas or paninis after 11 PM, but pies are up for grabs. Try the Edge of the Woods ($20 for a 14-inch pie) with caramelized onions, ricotta, fried eggplant, and sautéed spinach.
Late-night hours: Pizzas served until 2:30 AM on Friday and Saturday District of Pi
910 F Street, Northwest
What sets this Penn Quarter spot apart is its deep-dish cornmeal crust pies. Specialties include the Bucktown with roast chicken, artichoke, and feta, but you can also get creative and make your own. Toppings range from the classics–anchovy, mozzarella, pepperoni–to vegan-friendly offerings using Daiya cheese and Match Italian sausage substitute.
Late-night hours: Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Mellow Mushroom
2436 18th Street, Northwest
This isn’t the place to order a plain cheese pie. Mellow Mushroom is known for its quirky pizzas, like the potato pizza, topped with bacon, sour cream, and spicy Ranch dressing, or the Funky Q Chicken, with cheddar, caramelized onions, and swirls of BBQ sauce.
Late-night hours: Open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, 2 AM on Friday and Saturday. &Pizza
Multiple area locations
Only a few of the local pizza chain’s locations close before midnight. Six locations, however, serve up customizable pies topped with salami, pepperoni, and Italian sausage into the early morning hours; the Dupont Circle and U Street branches, for example, are open until 4 am on Friday and Saturday. Plus, they’ve got dessert pizza.
Late night hours: Check the website for hours at specific locations. Graffiato
707 6th Street, Northwest
Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella’s Italian-American joint closes the kitchen down at 11 PM, but pizza-lovers can satisfy their cravings until midnight. It may not be as late as other spots around town, but where else can you get a pie topped with fried calamari?
Late-night hours: Bar and pizza oven open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.