LoCo List: Our 5 Fave Pizza Joints by Region

Development in Loudoun County has become a highly sensitive topic – one that can instantly divide a room – except when it comes to the subject of our rapidly expanding pizza scene – then I think we can all agree that this kind of growth is good for everyone. What was once a classic, cheesy comfort food has grown into an artisanal gastronomic experience of all types.  Loudoun County now offers a diverse choice of pizza options ranging from classic Italian pies to wine country accoutrement to – dare we say – even a healthy food choice?

Below is a list of the various pizza places we are crazy about right now:

Purcellville: 900 Degrees Brick Oven Pizza
Walking into 900 Degrees Brick Oven Pizza in Purcellville is like stepping into the Falzarano family’s trattoria in Italy.  Mama Falzarano will greet you at the register with a smile while her daughters work efficiently to make sure your order is perfect and your needs are met.  The Neapolitan style pizza is cooked in a 900-degree brick oven and is a perfect combination of traditional flavors and thin, wood-fired crust.  Throw in some Italian conversations from the open kitchen area, and you are transported to Italy. 609A East Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-338-3322

Aldie: Quattro Goombas
This winery in Aldie gets the prize for ingenuity with the decision to combine two of our favorite things – wine tasting and pizza.  Located on small vineyard overlooking Loudoun’s wine country, Quattro Goombas is the vision of four close friends who found a way to celebrate tradition, wine, and pizza! The pizza shop inside the winery offers a unique hand-made pizza that is a twist of Western Pennsylvanian Sicilian styles. Using a light and airy shell topped with freshly crushed tomatoes and a special blend of cheeses, this unique style pizza matches its unique setting for a refreshing only-in-Loudoun take on pizza shops. 22860 James Monroe Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105, 703-327-6052

Leesburg: Fire Works Pizza
Fire Works Pizza in Leesburg is an institution for laid back dining.  The warm and easy vibe of the downtown restaurant puts you at ease as soon as you walk through the door.  Usually a busy spot, you may have to wait for a few minutes to get a table, but the experience is worth any wait as the food and service are consistently good, and the beer is always cold. With an extensive menu of wood fired pizza and craft beers, there is bound to be a unique combination of toppings to suit any mood.  We recommend trying the Smokey Blue, a local favorite that combines gorgonzola, bacon, and a balsamic glaze. 201 Harrison St SE, Leesburg, VA 20175, 703-779-8400

Ashburn & Purcellville: MOD Pizza
Where the pizza is as cutting edge as its stainless steel and brick interior, MOD in Ashburn has revolutionized the way Loudouners experience pizza. Their Made On Demand concept offers a counter-style experience where customers follow their thin shell down the line choosing sauces, fresh vegetables and greens, gourmet cheeses and a variety of toppings.  The pizza is tossed into an oven and in minutes, they have a delicious and wholesome pizza exactly how they like it. 19855 Belmont Chase Dr, Suite 125, Ashburn, VA 20147, 703-554-6964; 150 Purcellville Gateway Dr Suite 150-A, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-208-2090

Sterling: Emilios Brick Oven Pizza
If it’s your first time visiting Emilio’s Brick Oven Pizza in Sterling, then yes – you are on the right road, keep following the signs.  Don’t let the “tucked away in a confusing industrial park” look on the outside stop you, once you are on the inside, you will feel right at home in their cozy, welcoming dining room.  This local gem has been offering some of the best hand-crafted pizza to Loudouners for more than twenty years.  Emilio made a name for himself by using personal recipes and high-quality ingredients to create a quality pizza on which his customers can always rely.  A large menu offers a variety of flavor combinations and it is perfectly cooked in the brick oven. Legend has it that the secret to the great flavor of Emilio’s pizza is in the tomatoes he marinates in his own recipe. 22207 Shaw Rd Unit A-10, Sterling, VA 20166, 703-444-2555


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Mary Litton

Mary Litton is a local author who loves all things Loudoun. Her e-book Loudoun County Wine Tour Day Trips features six wine tasting itineraries in Loudoun. She also has a cookbook Western Loudoun Preserved that includes interviews and recipes from the area’s prominent farms, restaurants, wineries and breweries. Mary was born and raised in the story-telling hills of East Tennessee. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she moved to the Washington, DC area where she studied the true art of story-spinning. Now living in Loudoun County with her husband and two children, she is constantly finding inspiration to pursue her love of writing. When she isn't writing, she is teaching creative writing classes. To browse her books, visit www.marylitton.com.
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