2Amys

Written by on March 25, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(2amyspizza.com) – Tenleytown/Cathedral neighborhood, Washington, DC

2Amys

How I heard of this place: My all-time-favorite go-to for food advice in the greater DC area: The Washington Post‘s article “Top 40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try“. A few months back, our good friends from that same neighborhood suggested it. Tonight, I made it happen!

Type of cuisine: In 1998 the Italian government formally recognized Neapolitan pizza as a traditional food worthy of preservation and granted it D.O.C (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status, which specifies the legally permitted ingredients and methods of preparation necessary to produce authentic Neapolitan Pizza. Only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water, and sea salt may be used for the dough, and only Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil or dried oregano may be used for the toppings. Fresh garlic may only be used on the Pizza Marinara. All Neapolitan pizzas must be cooked in a wood-burning oven. The Verace Pizza Napoletana Association was established to protect and promote authentic Neapolitan pizza and defend its Neapolitan origins and traditions. As a member of the Association, we abide by these strict requirements and serve D.O.C. pizza. We hope you enjoy it.”

2Amys Kitchen

A simple array of antipasti, salads and pizze. Woodfire-baked, perfect.

Ambiance: Daylight savings time creates a bright interior for our early dinner at 2Amys, where the windows of the street-facing front room are lit from both inside and out. The amber glow of yellow walls, a tiled roof and matching seating for parties of up to four people welcome us. Not until we were heading out, at about 18:45 was the space completely full, with a line beginning to form at the door.

2Amys Front Room

 

To our right, the kitchen and grill, to the left, abundant seating, as we were lead back towards the staircase. One quick look back to the bar before I continued my journey upstairs.

2Amys Bar

 

I was pleasantly surprised to be escorted up the stairs to this warm and cozy seating area, from where we placed our orders.

2Amys Upstairs

What I ordered: Based on the article, I knew we had to have the Suppli a telefono ($5.95): “A simple crispy ball hailing from Rome is a deceptively addictive appetizer at 2 Amys. Inside the crunchy, golden-brown exterior hides soft, seasoned rice, which in turn hides a center of mozzarella. (“Telefono” refers to the way the melted cheese will stretch out, like an old telephone cord, when you pull this snack apart.) How do you pronounce it? Who cares. Just request…the ‘mozzarella ball’.”

2Amys Suppli Telefono

At the instance of my dining companion, we also enjoyed the Deviled Eggs with Green Sauce ($4.95).

2Amys Deviled Eggs

I was most interested in the Pizze D.O.C. Margherita, but was – mistakenly, it turns out – swayed by both my dining companion and our server, who recommended the Calabrese ($12.95): tomato, onions, anchovy, fresh mozzarella, parsley, olives, pecorino.

2Amys Calabrese

What I loved: My own choice: the Suppli a telefono. I have a feeling that the pizza margherita would have also blown me away with its simple, yet abundant flavor profile and soft, delicious dough. That being said, the Suppli a telefono was, by far, the winner among our three dishes.

2Amys Suppli a telefono

Why I loved it: A spacious and lively restaurant with intimate seating upstairs, quick service and fresh, house-made pizza dough.

Cost: Average ($8.95 – $13.95 per individual pizza)

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