|Address||2029 P St., Washington, DC 20036|
When I think about all the eating I've done in DC and what my favorite bites and experiences really were, the Pizzerias Paradiso always come to mind. The pizzas have that perfect crust that can only be achieved with a good understanding of how to make good bread and the right oven. Toppings range from standard (margarita) to interesting (they've got me putting eggs on my homemade pizza now). Great Belgian focused beer choices from bottles and taps. I'm hoping to enjoy the outdoor seating at the new Dupont location a few more times before it's too chilly. But when it is, I will happily go inside for winter because there will still be reliable service, olives to snack on while I wait for dinner, and proof that pizza and beer really are a brilliant combination.
PP delivers fantastic beer and very good brick oven pizza. It's nice enough for Dupont bluehairs and cheap enough for the broke-ass non-profit group house kids. The new digs are a half-block from Dupont Circle and bring the crispy-chewy crust and blue-sky ceilings of the old location, plus one cask, 12 taps and a two coolers full of bottles. The half-price draft happy hour from 5-7 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays makes the always-changing selection of Belgian and domestic craft beers affordable. Dupont Circle residents rejoice.
I haven't been in the new digs yet, but the old location on P had fantastic pizza. If you are coming here looking for NY Pizza with lots of sauce and oil, then don't come here, and don't complain that it isn't NY Pizza. These pizza's are fresh, light, and very close to true Italian Pizzas. So, the beer at the old location was good, but somewhat limited, so I look forward to sampling the selection here, AND getting my favorite pie on the East Coast.
The Georgetown Pizzeria Paradiso has a great beer selection which was our chief reason for picking it. I also had the impression they made a decent pizza, but last night that was certainly not the case. We had several beers, and while all were served cold and tasty, none were served at happy hour prices which evidently don't exist on Mondays. Go figure. We ordered the Bosco pizza. That was DOA. The flavor was bland as bland gets. The crust was dry, like old toast. The sauce was thinly spread if it was there at all. We tried to augment the flavor with some marinara sauce, olive oil and Parmesan cheese but to no avail. Moral of the story: go for the beers not the pizza, but make sure you pick one of their designated happy hour days.
The pizza we ordered was just as we ordered and should have been: a light tender crust, with a generous amount of shell fish, tomatoes and other ingredients. The decor was somewhat of a clash between Roman ruins, Dutch plate painting (different pizzas painted on pizza tins around the room) in a bright dining room. The wait staff was friendly and smiled. This restaurant seems to have grown space since a long ago visit, but I have to say that I will be back. The location is good, the decor and cleanness are good and the food tastes good.
Get there early or you'll have to wait. It's small but makes you feel like you're having pizza in Naples. The ceiling adds to the atmosphere but it's the pizza that really takes you away. There's nothing like that brick oven baked crust except maybe the toppings. 12 ounce bottles of Italian beer is an option to the Italian wines.
This might be the best brick oven baked pizzas in the city. The ambience of the restaurant is small, but modern and quaint, and very clean.
My guest and I enjoyed the Bosco pizza which is loaded with fresh tomatoe chunks, whole spinach leaves, mozzarella, and mushrooms. The spices and olive oil drizzled on top are the finishing touches to perfection. I added hot cherry peppers for a heated zest!
I would hihgly recco this restaurant as a date location. However, it is very small, approx 10 tables and a seating counter, so plan accordingly. I was fortunate to grab 2 spaces at the counter, however, there was a long line
out the door shortly after we sat and continued after we left around 7:10.
Busy, hectic and cursed with poor acoustics, Pizzeria Paradiso is not the place to go for a long, relaxing meal and good conversation. For creative, satisfying food in a relative hurry, however, it can't be beat. The dining area is small and a bit cramped, but the quality of the food more than makes up for the lack of ambience. The pizzas, salads and panini-style sandwiches are amply sized and far from generic in terms of content and taste. The wood burning oven used for the pizzas creates an aroma that lets you know as soon as you walk in that this quirky venue is aptly named.
Pizzaria Paradiso is overrated. We were told upon arrival that the wait was 15 minutes for our party. It turned out to be over 30 minutes in the end. We ordered three pizzas. The margherita pizza was awful. The new wheat crust was a nice touch but the toppings were of very poor quality. The buffalo mozzarella was tasteless and reduced to a runny consistency which made each pizza slice sag under its weight. The worst part was the flavorless thick tomato slices which seemed like they were thrown on after the pizza was baked. Needless to say they quickly slid off each slice of pizza. The pizza with mussels was another disaster. Eight large mussels in its shells sat unappetizingly on the pizza. The mussels oozed so much liquid that the pizza was another soggy mess. To top it off, one of the mussels was dead. And the third pizza? I forget what it was but it was equally disappointing. Go to 2 Amy's instead.
This a unique place, and about the best of its kind. The Dupont Circle original is just a tad better than the new Georgetown branch.
Small and crowded with a neighborhood feel. The most Italian pizza in town. Tiramisu in perfect-sized portions.
I thought it was really good, small menu but it all looked good.
Beware of the Tuscan vegetable salad. I thought it was great but my friend was expecting it to have lettuce in it (it didn't)...its more of a chopped vegetable salad.
Pizzeria paradiso has very good service and quality pizza. Very friendly and clean environment. You can certainly enjoy good pizza and good service.
For yuppie pizza, this place shines. While the pies aren't gigantic, they are mighty tasty and offer a cornucopia of tasty toppings. The P Street location is often crowded, so it's best to go off hours or for dinner early in the week. This is not a take out joint. It's a place to sit, munch a few olives, and try to conjure up memories of that pizza you enjoyed long ago in Florence.
I love this place for it's amazing pizza! We had especially excellent service even though they messed up on our order. It was worth the wait for the reorder. It was crazy loud in there which is unusual, but someone was having a rowdy birthday party. I'll be back-can't stay away.