Washingtonian Pizza Pool

The Washingtonian has an ongoing Pizza Pool featuring a 32 contender tournament style bracket to determine the best pizza in the Washington area. Today semi-final voting on the final two is being conducted to determine the winner who will challenge Red Rocks in the finals. The matchup is Ella’s of Penn Quarter versus Flippin Pizza which is new to the market and has several locations in the Virginia suburbs.

I’ve tried the Reston location of Flippin Pizza and was underwhelmed. Nothing I would consider standout about it and the pepperoni’s only being the size of a quarter and curled up at the edges is a major negative to me. How a suburban chain joint that’s only been in the area a short time and hasn’t even developed enough of a cult following to garner many Yelp reviews steam roll the institution that is the Italian Store in the quarterfinals? Turns out the success of Flippin in the Pizza Pool is most likely due to more aggressive campaigning for votes than the quality of their product. Flippin’s twitter followers from NYC and Cali were steered towards voting in the Washingtonian pool. I suppose that’s not completely out of bounds for the contest but it doesn’t bring clarity to who serves the best pie in DC. No matter who wins I can clearly say Flippin would not be in my top 10.

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    washingtonydc says

    You know the whole contest is suspect when 2 Amy's, Vace, and Pizza Paradiso get knocked out so early in the competition. People can certainly argue over the best pizza in a town not known for pizza, but I imagine that these three institutions would be in the top tiers of most Washingtonians.

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    KimFromTheK says

    I'm not a big fan of Ella's. We used to go several years ago and found it to be decent enough but the real reason to go was the spaghetti and meatballs. They also used to have free pizza at happy hour but that's gone away. And the most recent time we visited the pizza was soggy in the middle and well done on the edges. In the neighborhood I'll take matchbox over ella's anyday.