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Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Il Canale

How many Neapolitan pizzerias does one town need? It’s a rhetorical question with a real inquiry buried within: Have our pizza tastes become so inflexible that we want to wolf down nothing but the traditional flatbread of Naples? As I put together this guide, two new Neapolitan pie houses have opened in Northern Virginia: Pupatella in Arlington and Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church, both too new for consideration this year. Il Canale also bows before Neapolitan traditions, ingredients, and techniques, right down to the Caputo 00 flour from Italy. Chef Enrico Sautto is even a fifth-generation pizzaiolo from Naples. Unlike its NoVa counterparts, though, Il Canale adopts an air of Georgetown formality. Its two- and four-tops sport black tablecloths and linen napkins. It makes for an elegant, full-service pie-eating experience, which may not be your thing. But when Sautto’s rounds arrive fresh from the wood-burning oven with perfect outer crusts—so beautifully uniform in their puffiness they look like inflated inner tubes—you’ll forget you’re in Georgetown and think you’re in...yep, you know the town.

1063 31st St. NW (202) 337-4444

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  • Rick

    Dude, we get it. You like pizza, and now there are over 5 places to get some in the DC metropolitan area. What kind of award did you win again?

  • Tim Carman


    Your protest is duly noted. It's just the way things shake out some weeks. I've been heavy on pizza lately, mostly because of the focus of last week's column and the flood of new pizzerias in our area. I'll be moving on shortly.