Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle

2003 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20036


Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown

Cuisines: Pizza

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 11, Friday and Saturday, 11:30 to midnight, Sunday, noon to 10:30.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Atomica pizza, with salami and red pepper; Genovese pizza, with potatoes and pesto; Margherita pizza; Bottarga pizza, with egg and mullet roe; Bottarga pizza, with mullet roe, Parmesan, and egg; tuna-and-white-bean salad; Marsala-soaked pears.

Price Details:
Appetizers, $4.95 to $6.95; entrees, $9.95 to $18.95.

Cheap Eats 2008: Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle

Why go: This grande dame of the gourmet pie, launched nearly two decades ago, has suffered a talent drain of late, as several cooks have decamped to open their own wood-fired spots. But the old girl, though a touch inconsistent, is still capable of churning out delectable pizzas smothered with creamy mozzarella and finished with a dash of olive oil.

What to get: The Bottarga pizza, decked out with mullet roe, Parmesan, and sunny-side-up egg; the Atomica, with zesty salami and hot-pepper flakes; the classic tomato-mozzarella-and-basil-topped Margherita; tuna-and-white-bean salad; baked Marsala-soaked pears with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Best for: A classy take on pizza and beer—the Georgetown location houses the magnificent Birerria Paradiso, one of the best pubs in the region, with more than 80 bottled beers and 16 brews on draft.

Insider tip: The kitchen, says owner Ruth Gresser, is happy to customize your crust—more crispy or more chewy—provided you tell the server when you order.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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