It’s where Italians go to eat Italian.

    aboutIl Canale

    Serving authentic Italian cuisine and Washington DC’s best thin crust gourmet pizza, il Canale serves a full range of cuisine from Southern Italy featuring gourmet thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Naples.

    There is an open kitchen and the bar has a wide selection of wonderful Italian wines.


    Owner Joe Farruggio and the pizza chef Ciro Salvaterra make thin-crust Napoletana pies for all to see in the front pizza-making area of il Canale.


    The Neapolitan pizza’s heritage is protected by the Italian government through the Verace Pizza Napolitana association which cultivates and defines the culinary discipline of the Neapolitan pizza, with its requisite, preparation, ingredients imported from Italy including mozzarella di bufala, San Marzano tomatoes and “00” flour and manner of cooking “D.O.C.” pizza. As certified member no. 391 of the V.P.N. association, il Canale strictly adheres to these standards.


    Giuseppe "Joe" Farruggio

    At age 17, Joe left Sicily to come to America. His first stop was Brooklyn, NY, where his gracious demeanor and devotion to Italian food led him into the restaurant business. As his pizza establishments expanded, he brought his family into the business. Joe’s philosophy is simple: “We want to make the very best pizza in the world!” Now in his first venture into Washington, Joe is bringing that very same philosophy to not only pizza but to a full menu of Italian food that is typical of his favorite Naples region. Joe is involved in the day to day operations of Il Canale with a sharp eye to the food and the details of service and décor. Joe and his friends are often seen at a table consuming some of the bufala mozzarella shipped fresh from Naples and one of the gourmet pies hot from the oven. For those unfamiliar with how to eat authentic Neapolitan pizza, Joe offers a few words of wisdom as -- in true Italian style -- he gestures with his fingertips: “It’s thin, tasty and juicy, so you should eat it with a knife and fork, or fold it up once or twice,” he says. For those who wonder whether to call him Joe or Giuseppe, he answers to both. Joe speaks Italian and English fluently. As are most Italians, Joe is a soccer fan -- and is a health buff who runs to keep in shape. With his family, he also own Joe's Place "Pizza & Pasta" at 5555 Lee Highway in Arlington, VA.


    Il Canale is located between M and K streets, a few steps from the C&O Canal, in tIl Canale is located between M and K streets, a few steps from the C&O Canal, in the heart of Georgetown.
    The walls are lined with colorful contemporary art from Washington DC and New York photographers. In good weather, you can dine outside on the rooftop patio.
    We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

    Walk-in customers are welcome!

    • Well I love the pizza! but everything was amazing, we had lasagna, gnocchi and calzones! the calamari melts in your mouth! something for everyone! You won't be disappointed.

      foodie (Washington DC)
    • The restaurant was packed with people-good energy. I would definitely go back again. We had pizza and pasta and we were all happy with our food.
      Anonimous (Chicago)
    • Have been coming here for years for friendly service and reliably tasty food. It is truly a neighborhood gem and our favorite place for a casual dinner.
      John (Washington DC)
    • Found this awesome place while visiting Georgetown this weekend. Cozy fun place with great staff and tasty options!
      (San Francisco)