Pete’s New Haven Pizza, web site, 3017 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, 703-527-7383 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Washingtonian | Don Rockwell | Yelp]
Eh. Some people swear by this. It’s OK, but overpriced and too popular, for me there is no reason to go, though of course you can do worse. Sadly, the clams are the worst of what they have to offer. Maybe the DC branch is better, but I wouldn’t bet on that.
While the full pizzas are very expensive, the slice prices are quite reasonable (~$3), as are the prices for their quite good antipasti plates. Personally, I enjoy their clam pizza, but it’s not for everyone or every pizza eating occasion.
I agree. The place was great, but it’s not as good as the money New Haven places. What is the best place to go in DC? I just moved here from NY.
Uh, I didn’t mean it was great. I meant it was good, but not nearly as good as the places in New Haven. Need to moderate my own comments.
DC branch is not much better. Although ordering a whole fresh cooked pie instead of ordering by the slice tends to be better.
You have got to be kidding me! I think Pete’s is way way more flavorful, thinner and crispier for my buck then getting one of those sad, soggy little “neapolitan” pizzas that 2 Amys or Pupatella doles out. Never had the clams, but I’m truly surprised by the sort of backlash this place gets. Also, what does popularity have to do with how good the pizza is?
My husband and I went to Pete’s on Friday night. We had a pepperoni and black olive pizza which was good but terribly overpriced. For one pizza, app, 2 glasses of wine, and one soft drink, the bill came to $58. Plus it was really loud. We will go again, but not too often.
Try Valentino’s NY pizza on Beauregard
Pepe’s, theSpot, Sally’s, Modern, Abate, Town, even Wall Street and Yorkside… part of what makes New Haven pizza so good is the competition. If you can’t find a few great places within a few blocks, you are unlikely to maintain good pizza. Pete’s smacks of a bare misspelling of Pepe’s, for the unfamiliar. Not a good start.