Pizzeria Paradiso

Chances are, if you are a DC-native, you’ve been told several times to try Pizzeria Paradiso. Located in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Old Town, this pizza place is for lovers of crust and fresh ingredients.

I dined at the Georgetown location last week with some girlfriends of mine (I’d been there about four years prior), and immediately remembered why I had enjoyed this place so much the first time! First of all, the quality almost surpasses the price– the pizzas are very affordable considering the fresh ingredients involved, and you can find wine for $6 to $10 a glass!

We started off with some bruschetta. I loved the halved cherry tomatoes (rather than finely chopped) and the homemade bread is to die for.

There were three to our party and we decided to order three 8″ pizzas (probably a little overkill for three females, but we were really hungry).

We went with one of the specials- the Bottarga- which the waiter recommended to us. It has Tomato, Egg, Garlic, Parsley, Parmesan, Bottarga (“a Mediterranean delicacy of cured fish roe“). It was a little heavy for us, but still really delicious. We went with the “make your own” options for the other two– basil, goat cheese, prosciutto and pesto, fontina, and sun-dried tomatoes. Absolutely to die for. Here’s what the pizza looks like so you can see how the crust really plays the main role here (taken from Flickr):

Recommended for: Dates, group dinners, families, carbo-loading, heavy meals, Italian

Pros: Handcrafted pizza, fresh ingredients, happy hour specials, fun locations, casual, friendly service, unbeatable fresh crust

Cons: Parking (at least for Georgetown), heavy/rich food (which could be a pro depending on how you look at it)