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Upper Crusts

With several new pizza restaurants around, our food critic goes in search of the perfect pie

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Haven Pizzeria Napoletana's Mark Bergami makes his pizza New Haven style-with a relatively thin, coal-fired crust. Photo by Stacy Zarin-GoldbergThe Best:

New Haven: Haven Pizzeria Napoletana

Neapolitan: Pacci’s

New York: Matchbox

Margherita (or similar): Matchbox

Specialty pizza: Haven Pizzeria Napoletana’s White Clam Pie

Overall: Matchbox

Pizza Delivery Joints

Long live carryout and delivery pizza joints, where hungry teenagers, families with small children and anyone wanting a quick pie can go for serviceable food at decent prices.

The staff of Bethesda Magazine blind-tasted 12-inch cheese pizzas from four delivery places that have opened recently in downtown Bethesda. We ordered three online (the fourth, Jiffy Shoppes doesn’t provide that service).

The clear winner: Bel Piatto Pizza (formerly Red Tomato Pizzeria), which scored substantially higher than the other three. Tasters liked its chewy crust, gooey cheese and good proportion of sauce.

The others—Jiffy Shoppes, Pizza Tempo and Naked Pizza—all scored about the same, but Jiffy Shoppes slightly edged out the competition. It appears that you get what you pay for: The higher-priced pies were better.

The award for quickest delivery goes to Naked Pizza, which clocked in at 25 minutes from order to delivery.

Here are the results, from highest score to lowest.
Prices are for a 12-inch cheese pizza.

Bel Piatto Pizza

7812 Old Georgetown Road, 301-986-8085, www.belpiattopizza.com.
$10.99; $10 delivery minimum; $1.50 delivery fee.

Jiffy Shoppes

4924 St. Elmo Ave., 301-961-4949, www.jiffyshoppes.com.
$11; $10 delivery minimum; no delivery fee.

Pizza Tempo

8021 Wisconsin Ave., 240-497-0000, www.pizzatempo.us.
$9; $10 delivery minimum for online orders only; $1.50 delivery fee.

Naked Pizza

4914 Del Ray Ave., 301-215-9899, www.nakedpizza.biz.
$7.99; $8.50 delivery minimum; $1.50 delivery fee.

Carole Sugarman is the magazine’s food editor.

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