Why go: After some ups and downs, the Neapolitan-style pies—thin crusts, buffalo’s-milk mozzarella, Italian plum tomatoes—at Peter Pastan’s noisy Cleveland Park restaurant are again worth standing in line for. Even better are the small-plate specials—little masterpieces far more ambitious than they cost—and desserts.
What to get: Classic Margherita pizza; sauceless Vongole pizza with chili flakes and cockles; Norcia, a pie topped with warm salami and grilled peppers; ricotta with crusty bread and honey; house-made bagels and doughnuts on weekends; cannoli with candied citrus; vanilla gelato.
Best for: Impromptu salumi-and-cheese grazing at the wine bar; dinner with loud kids (there’s never a shortage here); a late dinner date after the Blue’s Clues crowd has gone.
Insider tip: Reservations aren’t taken, so if you don’t want to wait an hour or so, come early or late. Can’t stand the racket in the main dining room? Request a table upstairs; it’s adults only.
Open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
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