Alex Tsironis’ Top 10 Pizza Spots in MoCo

October 30, 2019
Alex Tsironis
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I’ve had pizza at just about every establishment in MoCo that features it, so I wanted to make a list of my favorite pizza spots.
This list is strictly about my personal preference, so please understand that everyone’s list will be different. Also note that just because it’s not on this particular list, doesn’t mean that it’s not good or that I don’t think it is…it’s just not in my top 10.
I didn’t include any major chains because you can get them in many places outside of MoCo. I’m also not a big fan of brick oven/wood fired/Neapolitan pizzas, so you may not see many of those listed.
If brick oven/wood fired/Neapolitan pizzas are your thing, we made two lists back in 2017. We used a panel of 6 people, so the list is not the same as my personal list. That’s available here.
Here are my personal Top 10 favorite pizza spots in Montgomery County:
  1. Slice of Rockville (Rockville): In addition to the pizza being good, it’s always impressive to see the owner working hard in the back preparing the pizzas. Her name escapes me, but she’s always making sure the quality  is on point.
  1. Mamma Lucia (Bethesda, Rockville x2, Olney, Silver Spring): I like Mamma’s pizza. Because it’s available throughout MoCo, I may eat it more than any pizza on this list. This has been a fairly recent development, as I’ve become a bigger fan of their pizza in the last few years. I wonder if the recipe changed?
  1. Gentleman Jim’s (Gaithersburg): The first of three square pizzas that are on my list. This is the only one on the list that uses Swiss cheese as a topping.
  1. Broadway Pizza (Potomac): I once had a pizza here called “The Four Star Act.” It was a huge pizza that was basically a different pizza in each quadrant. All four were amazing and I’ve been back many times since.
  1. Mangino’s (Germantown): This used to be located in a gas station and that scared people away at times. They have their own spot now and the pizza is just as good. This is greasy, cheesy, Ninja Turtlesesque pizza.
  1. Giuseppi’s (Rockville and Gaithersburg): When I was a student at Montgomery College, I was introduced to the two-slice and a drink deal at their previous location in Rockville. It wasn’t until I got a place about 100 yards from the Gaithersburg location that I became a huge fan. Their ranch is great for crust dipping.
  1. Continental (Kensington): Another square pizza I’m a big fan of. This one has a little more substance than you’ll see in most other square pizzas in the area. The only negative…you’ll have to pay for it in cash, as Continental does not accept credit cards.
  1. CSNY Pizza (Rockville): I know many are enamored by their Sicilian style pizza, but I’ll  go NY style every time. Though it’s described as New York style pizza in Rockville, that doesn’t factor in to my ranking. A wise man once said “People from New York/New Jersey aren’t the authority on pizza…they just think they are.”
  1. Armand’s Pizza (Rockville): This once-thriving local chain is down to one location in MoCo, on Halpine Rd. in Rockville, and just two overall (the other is in Bethany, DE). I could eat these deep dish slices for days.
  1. Stained Glass Pub (Glenmont): Half-price pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays is a steal, but I’ll gladly pay full-price for my favorite pizza in MoCo. Similar to Ledo Pizza (a large chain not eligible for this list), but a little better. Stained Glass Pub pizza squares go down as easy as potato chips.
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  1. Erika on October 31, 2019 at 12:02 am

    O only opened this post to see where Stained Glass was listed! Damn good job MoCo fam. Damn good job!

  2. Roald on October 31, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I look forward to trying every place on this list!

  3. Tom Andrews on October 31, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Four corner pub is only liked by people in the neighborhood glad it is not on this.

  4. Steve Kramer on October 31, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Inferno Pizzeria!!

  5. CMacpherson on October 31, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Just curious, why don’t you like neopolitan pizzas? I think they’re the best.

  6. Hugh Grindstaff on October 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Kinda funny that your article shows the only pizza pizza place that doesn’t cut corners. Ledos

    • Alex Tsironis on October 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      That’s Stained Glass Pub in the featured image.

      • Patricia Vasilatos on November 1, 2019 at 6:16 am

        Alex, thank you very much for your Top 10. Friday nights have always been Pizza Night for me, so I’ll start with one of your Top 10 tonight!
        On a side note, Tsironas was the last name of a family members in Pittsburgh. Any relation??

  7. Franck on October 31, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    You should try Baronessa on E. Gude.
    Best Napolitan pizza ever!

    • Alex Tsironis on October 31, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      I’ve been, it’s good. Not a big fan of that style of pizza in general

  8. Kat on October 31, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Makes me miss Vincent Dominics (Bethesda) 🙁

  9. Al Kennedy on November 1, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Not a MoCo place, but I highly recommend Trattoria E Pizzeria in Columbia.

  10. Chris T on November 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Surprised Juliano’s’ in Laytonville is not on this list. My opinion better than all that are on this list.

    • Alex Tsironis on November 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Julliano’s is brick oven pizza

      • Chris T on November 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm

        Yup, i should have read a little deeper!

  11. Jay on December 10, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Umberto’s in the old roadhouse at the corner of 108 and Muncaster has a very bold and flavorful thin-crust pizza that should have made this list. Try ordering a large pepperoni cooked extra crispy. It’s not brick oven, and it’s far better than what Juliano’s puts out.

    Santos used to be in Cabin John for many years before moving up to 108. He’s got a dedicated following among those who know about his fine establishment.

    • Alex Tsironis on December 10, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      I’m not a big fan of crispier pizzas so I don’t know if it would make my list

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