2 Amy’s Pizza

April 17, 2011


Someone pointed out that it’d been a while since I’d done a restaurant review. So true. Ever since I upgraded my camera, I’ve focused mainly on recipes, allowing me to play with the camera settings, lighting, styling, etc. Plus, I felt a bit awkward about breaking out my large, clunky new equipment in a public setting. It’s not at all discreet and I don’t relish unnerving the wait staff and other diners by snapping photos at the table.  But, in this case, it simply had to be done.

My friends Lauren and Sam weren’t able to make it to our engagement party so they invited us out for a double dinner date celebration at 2 Amy’s. I was thrilled because I’d been dying to try 2 Amy’s.


We met on a chilly, rainy Friday evening at about 7:30pm. This was not the smartest move as 2 Amy’s doesn’t take reservations and already had a 45 minute wait time with very little room inside to wait at the bar (forget about ordering a drink!). Here’s where I’ll say that I’ve slowly come to understand the appeal of “early bird” dining. No, I’m not 70 years old, but if you can muster the courage and appetite to dine at 6pm or even as late as 6:30pm (whoa!) you greatly increase your chance of getting premium seating and service at even the busiest restaurants in D.C.- even without a reservation! My fiancé and I are all about early bird dining, especially on weekends and holidays when restaurants are likely to be packed. This particular Friday, however, we didn’t get the timing quite right.


An hour later and our tummies were growling. I was getting very thirsty for a beer and tired of shouting over the noise at the bar. An hour and 20 minutes later we were finally seated, thank goodness!


We started with a few beers.


Ah, much better.

Then we moved on to an order of arancini. If you’ve never tasted arancini before, here’s what you’re missing.


Fried goodness. Deep fried rice balls to be more precise. Coated in bread crumbs and stuffed with ooey gooey cheese.


Get a load of that.


You’re going to want to try these immediately.

Next, we ordered pizzas. I ordered the authentic Neopolitan margherita.




Check out that beautiful crust. Pillow-soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.


Buon appetito!


We loved it! In the end, we had a fabulous time- the food was tasty and the service was attentive. Although the pizza was delicious, I’m not sure any meal is worth is an hour and 20 min wait. I would advise going earlier or later on a weekend night or stick with week nights. If you’re in the area, definitely give 2 Amy’s a try. Delicious pizza, friendly environment, and a killer beer list.

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TheFullTimeWife December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Love Love Love your photos and of course 2 Amys!! It’s my family’s favorite place to dine when in DC!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods December 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Thank you! :)

Clarissa April 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh my goodness those balls look amazing!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

LOL! Finding it difficult to resist a “that’s what she said” joke right about now…

jen April 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

Oooooh…pizza. We have two great Neopolitan pizza places that we love to go to here that we need to visit once a week. Those pictures are making me drool..The arancini looks so amazing too :)

Katherine: Unemployed April 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

what a decadent looking pleasure meal! I love the beer glasses. Thanks for sharing aranici! I’ve never heard of it!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

You’re most welcome! Thanks for commenting! :)

Shanna, Like Banana April 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

What is it about seeing pizza that immediately makes you crave it. Luckily I’m making some for dinner tonigh! Nom!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

LOL! I totally agree. Love me some pizza!

Kacy April 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Everything looks delicious! I will definitely be checking 2 Amys out when I move to DC!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Totally! We’ll have to do a blogger meet up when you get here!

Anne @ Baking Me April 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

I have never heard of arancini before but they look fantastic and so does the pizza! Margherita pizza is my favorite!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum April 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

The only problem with this is that I am drooling over those fried rice balls and pizza and beer… and I live in Minnesota. Boooo! Maybe it’s worth a vacation?! Road trip!! :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

Definitely! ;)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

Sounds like a great night!

Aparna E. April 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

WOW. Those fried rice balls look amazing. Yuuum!

laurie @Simply Scratch April 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thanks, Laurie! Btw, I’m a HUGE fan of your blog!

Cassie April 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Mmmm, those arancini look so good! I’ve only had them once, at a chain restaurant and they were not impressive. I’ve been really wanting to try some good ones.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Definitely give them another try. Also, ask for a side of marinara for dipping- makes them even tastier!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) April 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

fabulous photos.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thank you, Angela!

Lauren April 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Yummy pizza was made even more delicious by fantastic company! And browsing through your pictures is making me hungry….

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

It was great seeing you guys! xoxo

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