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Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle

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Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont CirclePizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle
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52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 180
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2003 P St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20036-5910
United States
phone: (202) 223-1245

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @eatyourpizza

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Photo of HardTarget
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Atmosphere: A fairly small place, a bit tight but nice. Low lighting, booths and a small bar.

Quality: Everything was on target.

Service: Fun waiter made us feel welcome even coming in close to closing. Very laid back, offered samples of anything we wanted to taste.

Selection: Tons of bottles, and an interesting 12 tap selection, a mix of American and other beers.

Food: Great pizza.

Highly recommended

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Photo of atigerlife
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat and some good beer on a weekday. Sat at the bar.

Clean and upscale setting. Nothing pretentious, just nicely done. Good music. When I sat down they gave a small bowl of fancy olives. Quite tasty. Nice touch.

Bartender was attentive and knowledgeable. Not overly friendly, but that was fine.

I ordered a pizza. It came quite quickly. Very tasty.

Star of this show is the beer [as it should be]. Bottled beer menu is about 12 pages. Also had about 12 beers on tap. 1 cask ale was available, which is always impressive.

Overall, a very nice place to stop in for a bite to eat and some good beer.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited multiple times, always during lunch or late afternoon. Updated 12/5/14

Overall a great place to drink beer, talk, work, eat. AVOID the front area in the afternoon as the sun shining in through the window is either very hot (summer) or just blinding (year round).

A - Great atmosphere for eating, talking, drinking casually, even "doing work." I quite often have a long lunch and read my journal articles. Clean, open, bright but not too much, can be a bit crowded table wise. Could definitely use a bigger bar. - 4.5

Q - Kegs rotate constantly. Not so sure about the bottles. They serve the beer in the appropriate glasses. - 4.25

Ser - Good service. A bar order can sometimes be a bit slow to the table. Appropriately attentive. - 4

Sel - The tap list is hit or miss. Go online either at their website or Beer Menus to get the latest - but not always up to date. Typically some good stuff on tap with the selection sometimes being over the top outstanding - just depends. They always have a Belgian or two on tap. Bottle list is extensive, but I ding them her for not having the Stone - Lucky Bastard when I ordered it (but still on the menu). - 4

F - Excellent food. The salads and pizzas are great. Somewhat limited menu. Though not advertised on the menu, ask for meat (look at the pizza menu) on your salad (if that is something you would like). I highly recommend the spicy lamb on a pizza. - 4.7

V - $$$ - Food, but especially bottle beer, can be a bit over the top price wise. Best value is on tap beer (duh!)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited this place on a recent trip to Washington. Good location which is quite central to most attraction in Washington. The food is great and made with soem very fresh ingredinets. The beer selection is quite extensive with great find on tap with great sampler tray which allows trying quite few beers from their huge selection. Service was great and patio is very enjoyable during those hot summer days. A must-stop if in DC.

Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I think if people were to ask me: "What is your favorite place in terms of atmosphere and convienience in the DC area to grab a beer?", I'd pick this place and this specific location.

Atmosphere: Once you exit the Metro at DuPont, head left, or if you come out on the other end, walk straight ahead, hit Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquor, then head back to the circle, then right. Have I confused you yet?

Quality and Service: Service is always good. Don't worry about that. Quality: High quality establishment in terms of beer and food, that's why they're still in business.

Selection: Great beer selection! Also, they've been known to host "out of the market" beer events. For instance, they hosted an impromptu FFF dinner with Vanilla Bean Dark Lord as the featured attraction. Need I state more?

Food: The pizza is good, but not as good as Comet Ping Pong, Fireworks, and many others in the area. However, it's definitely serviceable.

Value: This is DC, and since it is such, plan to pay a bit more. Still, this is on-par with the area.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After hearing good things about this place, once my meetings in the Dupont Circle area ended I headed over for a pint or two. Very neat and clean exterior, and it continues inside. Bright from all the windows, old rustic brick, and loads of light colored wood make this place feel comfortable. Open kitchen in the back, and there was an outdoor seating area.

The bar is small as it can seat about 10. There is a beer list on the wall and on menus. There are about 5 well stocked refridgerators behind the bar allowing you to see all the selections too. There were 12 drafts covering many styles. Anchor Bock, La Chouffe, Hitachino Red Rice Ale, Rabid Duck, Mahajara, Breckenridge 471 IPA, and Stillwater Debutante names a few. The beers were fresh that I had.

Service was prompt and knowledgable. Price were a bit pricey but not overly so for the area. Since i had lunch a bit earlier I was not hungry, but the pizzas did look very good. Overall this was a very pleasant experience.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A little different from the Georgetown one in that no basement and they are able to sit you outside (and to honest, not any drunk college kids in a basement, so to speak). Damn good bottle list and a revolving tap list that should please even the most ardent beer drinkers and barfly reviewers here. Servers aren't the greatest w/ beer knowledgeable but it is passable but who can complain when they are nice, quick and don't screw up a complicated order. In fact the only complaint you'll get out of me is on food - being a pizza snob as well and having had pizzas from near and afar, I find the pizzas here good but not great and a little expensive for what you get. But that's neither here nor there - enjoy a few brews and a slice or two outside while you can and you won't go wrong.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A cool artisan pizza place with an impressive bottle list (and tap list). I was surprised at the variety from such a small restaurant. The bar seats probably less than a dozen, but we found three stools and plopped down after a visit to both RFD and Churchkey. It was the perfect relaxed bar, though the restaurant portion was still hopping around 9, but slowly dwindling. We had a round and chatted with the bartender about all things beer for a good hour, listening to his pleads for Deschutes mostly ;)
The prices were reasonable and the service was obviously knowledgeable and attentive.
While their selection isn't as broad as Churchkey or RFD, I'd recommend it before RFD anyday (but churchkey still rocks hardest).

Haven't tried the pizza. We ended up going across the street to a basement pizzaria for a big greasy slice.

Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited during DC beer sojourn 11.12.2010.

Located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood (there are several other DC area locations) Pizzeria Paradiso pairs two of my favorite things, quality pizza and beer. There is a 10-12 seat hardwood bar, and a number of tables for dining. The place quickly filled up on a Friday evening, and there was a considerable wait for a table by 630 pm.

While there wasn't a large number of taps, they were of relatively high quality. The 12 taps included Allagash Dubbel, Brewdog/Stone Basdah, Jolly Pumpkin La Purcella, and Founders Backwoods Bastard. Prices were on the high side, a little below average for DC, lower priced than ChurchKey. The help was very friendly and informative, he dealt with questions from beer newbies with pleasantness and a smile, offering up samples for the curious. There was also an excellent list of bottled beer, though priced a bit on the high side.

I really liked the atmosphere while it was a bit hectic the other customers were cool. We met a local couple who was curious about our beer geekdom and asked us the question, "What's your favorite beer city?", to which we both at separate times answered "Other than Portland?". While this ain't Beervana, brother, Pizzeria Paradiso, along with Kramer Books and the exquisite dive bar The Big Hunt, make DuPont Circle a must for the traveling BA. While I didn't have the pizza, it looked frickin delicious and I'll be share to have one next time. Highly recommended.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My final destination - just off of the Dupont Circle metro stop. Lots of trekking around the District.

Atmosphere: A brightly-lit restaurant, lots of big windows, and a decent patio. Inside, the bar is upfront with seating to the left and further back. There is a secondary bar facing the pizza ovens. I grabbed the last seat at the main bar. A few taps and several coolers are parked immediately in front of me.

Quality: Nice vibe here. Good staff, clean restrooms and an impressive tap list. Nice finger food too.

Service: Personable and affable, I struck up a conversation immediately. Water was regularly refilled and the beer, oh the beer was good.

Selection: Ten beers on tap. Vildmoesel and Outblack were the most unique, along with a Mikkeller cream ale and Lagunitas IPA. The bottle list is huge, occupying a small three-ring binder. I went with Outblack, going back to the well for a second glass.

Food: Finally, eats! I ordered an antipasto salad, extra cherry peppers. The meats were rich, the cheese sharp (although a second slice would be appreciated). The meats really hit the spot.

Photo of raveskdr
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Paradiso Dupont a solid 20 times in my time in the DMV area.

I. Love. This. Bar. This is my favorite beer bar in DC. It doesn't have the size or monster selection of Churchkey, but it doesn't have to.

I have been there mostly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for their happy hour. Half price drafts and discounts on pizza. You will not find a single deal like that anywhere in the area, period. Some of the beers I have drank here over the years are incredible. BFM, Cantillon, FW, Founders (I've had Breakfast, KBS, AND CBS here at separate times), Gouden Carolus, La Trappe, Rodenbach, St. Bernardus, Three Floyds, etc etc etc etc. You get the idea. And many of them half off. You'd be hard pressed to find a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 for under $5, and the draft at HH is $4.

I will continue to patronize this bar for as long as I live here. Bartender Darryl is the man.

If you are going for HH, make sure to go early. It fills up quickly.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What a fantastic venue. Docked a point from atmosphere for the occasional noise issues and the guaranteed line. A big plus though - that line is never as long as, say, ChurchKey's. You can head to Paradiso, grab a fantastic pizza (really, some of the best in D.C.) and, almost certainly, a beer you've never had or maybe even heard of. They've got off-menu selections listed above the bar, and a great rotating selection of beers on draft and, sometimes, cask. I've had dozens of great beers here and many a bosco pizza (freshest mushrooms ever - it's awesome).

Photo of jgasparine
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- A good, warm, laid-back atmosphere. Plenty of amazing beer displayed where it can be seen from virtually any table in the house. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Quality- Above average quality shines through in the food and beer. The facilities were quite nice as well.

Service- Prompt, friendly service. Never felt neglected, never felt rushed. Very pleased with the service.

Selection- I can go on-and-on about how great their beer selection is here. Yes, there are places out there with more beers on tap, and more extensive bottle lists; but these guys pack more quality into their beer selection than nearly anyone else I have found in the DC area. Bells, Founders, Cigar City, and Alesmith are just a few brands that come to mind. Just an exquisite beer selection.

Food- This is a pizza place... and their pizza is nothing short of amazing. Definitely in my top 15 pizzas ever. Nice creative options for both meat and veggie lovers... and sometimes nothing goes better with beer than pizza!

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of my favorite pizza place in the DC area that offers an extensive menu of beer selections. You can taste the slight smokey flavor of the wood oven in the soft yet crispy crust on their pizza. The Rosemary olive oil they use is extreemly flavorful and all of the pizza toppings taste fresh and ripe. This joint has everything for their pizza here and they are high quality. They taste of the ocean in all it's fantastic saltyness! I like their salads - fresh and eclectic toppings.

The beer list is very impressive as well. Tons of beers on tap and even more bottled beers. Their beer menu was like 15-pages long. It can be quite problematic as I tend to review the menu for some time when with the wife or friends. I love a restaurant who has a good selection of stout beers. The bitter yet creamyness of a good stout only makes their pizza taste better. The prices are fair considering the quality of ingredients, and I will continue to eat and drink here.

Photo of smakawhat
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Last time I was here, a previous bicycle shop inhabited this current location and the restaurant was incredibly tiny with limited beer.

Now it is as if the beer gods decended to drop off the goodness, throw in the vibe of Dupont circle and you are set. What's better than pizza and beer huh? Well what if the pizza was solid and not the typical gooey cheese bombs of normal, and you could have extensive beers, on tap, in bottles, and a board that lists stuff that isn't even on the menu?

That is a recipe for total win, and it's all here. Good service, spacious for once (not like eating pizza in a hallway like the last place they inhabited down the street years ago), and nice surroundings.

Check it out! I'am in here twice a week almost every week.

Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pizzeria Paradiso was promoting "Year End Jubilation," a holiday event featuring a nice selection of rare beers and Belgians. Since I had yet been to the Dupont Circle location, this became the perfect opportunity to check it out.

Situated on P Street, which is right off the Circle (and around the corner from the late Brickskeller), Pizzeria Paradiso is in a generic storefront adorned with large windows that wrap around the façade. As soon as you enter, there is a claustrophobic L-shaped bar where beer lovers are packed like thirsty sardines. Throw in a family of wayward tourists and the inevitable mayhem ensues. While not large, the main dining room, which is separated from the aforementioned bar by a stand of firewood, is airy, bright with natural light and supplemented by wood and brick. In the back is a more intimate dining room overlooked by an open kitchen - itself is overlooked by another, and even smaller, bar. Like the Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, the ceiling is adorned by a pastoral mural. (See My Review.) All in all, this venue provides a very atmospheric environment in which to tease one's palate.

Of course, the beer selection was belle (that's Italian for "beautiful.") There were 13 taps and over 60 bottles. During my lunchtime sojourn, the quaffs included: Anchor Christmas, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Einbecker Bock, Three French Hens (a review to follow) and a Belgian style Scottish Ale called Canaster. This beer was new to me as well as being very warming to say the least. Complementary samples are provided if requested.

Greg the Bartender was well above par; efficient in his work, knowledgeable about the beers and exceeded in the "Water Test." To exemplify: while waiting for the aforementioned Three French Hens to attain proper temperature, he offered a complimentary bottle of Anchor Porter. Exemplary!

The pizzas here are pretty decent; there is a manageable eight-inch to compliment any well chosen draft. Patrons are provided a free dish of olives upon which to nosh. (I also heartily recommend the house olive oil, an exceptionally balanced Italian virgin - please, let's not go there!)

All in all, this was my first venture to this venue; while the place was a bit cramped and touristed - and Dupont Circle is not my general stomping ground, I could see myself as an occasional guest.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I go here often, I thought maybe I should give them a review.

If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would say: This is a very solid place to get some great beer on tap and in bottles, with great food, cool bartenders, and a good overall atmosphere.
*Just a tip, the beers on tap are very affordable Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm when they are all half price.

The guys at both Paradiso locations in DC (They just opened one in Old Town Alexandria I haven't been to) do a great job or themeing, mixing up, and overall keeping the quality high with their beers on tap. My one complaint there is that the beers all come out the same temperature, which for something like Founder's Breakfast Stout (when served way too cold) is not ideal. You can always count on at least 3-5 beers on tap at this or the other location that you are interested in or really like already.

Their bottle selection is really awesome at both places. Though expensive, they seem to have rare stuff you can't find at most or all other area bars, especially for me in the Three Floyds department. Awesome to be able to sit down and order off the menu Blackheart, Robert the Bruce, or whatever else. Also some things they have that are interesting include Cascade, Captain Lawrence, BFM, Mikkeller, etc. A solid bottle selection, they also have interesting stuff on the list and it comes out tasting right.

The food is great especially with beer. I love their thin crust, 'old country' style pizza and other Italian fare, and even the meat and cheese offerings are nice.

The bar is awesome when its not crowded cause you can really mingle with the bartenders who are very knowledgable and cool, but when corwded the place is just too small to hold everyone. Just got to get there early and hold your seats at the bar! The servers do what they can to get to you but when tons of people are trying to get stuff at a somewhat small bar, they gloss over sometimes.

Overall, a great place and one of my favorite bars in DC easily.

Photo of kaseylanelle
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Loved it! What goes better with beer than pizza?! I visited the Dupont location which was nice but would love a nearby parking lot as I do not live in the city. The one downside was that they do not serve sample sizes. I didn't mind this too much because I loved the beers I ordered. Although the selection was not as extensive as other bars, I felt they had a good variety. The staff was friendly and not overly attentive but easily waved over. This was a great stop on the way to DC Improv where the food was mediocre at best, they offer no craft beer selection and the mixed drinks were just bad (but there's a 2 item minimum). Now I'm way off track... Clean private bathrooms are another plus. I just wish they had a Howard County location!

Photo of malloyca
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I would recommend this as a weekend lunch spot, before the Georgetown students get out of bed (or the library). The brick oven pizza is good -- I have never strayed from the one with anchovies and capers, but am told that the others are good, too. The menu is not too diverse, but that is not why I like this place. I like it because the beer menu is really a "book" that is very thick, very diverse and logically organized. If you know what you are in the mood for, you can find it quickly. If you are inclined to browse, the beer menu offers tasting notes to steer you in one direction or another. In addition to the large number of bottles (this is the place I first encountered Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA), they rotate draft beer selections and whoever is picking the kegs and casks knows what he or she is doing. Beer flights are also available, which is a good way to sample the wares before settling into a pint.

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been here a couple of times recently, figured I would write it up. Place is on M street, expect to fight or pay through the nose for parking, that's first.

Second, place inside is cool, has a small bar in the front of the restaurant and a second in the basement (the basement one is cooler). The restaurant itself is open and you can see into the ktichen. There are several smaller tables in a small dining area. Place gets a little loud with ambient noise but who cares.

There are about a dozen or so beers on draft with a reasonably cool bottle list. The bottles get a little expensive but not more than DC in general. The draft selections rotate a lot too so it stays fresh. Pretty cool.

The last time I was there I sat at the bar and got served beer regularly and the bartender was pretty attentive except when it came to my food order. I ordered some bruschetta and a white bean salad came out, when I complained the guy argued with me for a minute saying that he thought I pointed to the "thing above that thing" -- annoyed I said that the two items we were discussing were no where near each other on the menu. He took it off my bill and brought me the correct food. This situation could have been avoided if he would have listened to me to begin with. Other than that its a good place.

Photo of jahrun
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This spot is our favorite after a long run down Rock Creek trail. I've been to the Georgetown location several times and the atmosphere is good there but the crowd and atmosphere in Dupont is oustanding. We've never taken a table here but Taylor the barkeep has always provided us excellent recommendations for beer and pizza (thumbs up to the Atomica as one reviewer already commented!). The draft selection is unmatched in the DC metro area and the bottle selection is excellent as well. On one occasion, we were able to taste Captain Lawrence DIPA because the manager had driven up to NY to retrieve some!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 3/9/2010:

I have been to this location twice now and my first thought was that I liked the Georgetown location better, just a better feel, in my opinion. But the place was packed at 7pm, no spots at the bar and a slight wait for a table and ultimately had to sit outside. Regardless, the place had a good vibe to it. I won't go into detail about the place as I think has been covered thus far by other reviewers.

Flat out some of the best pizza I have ever had, easily in my top 10. Had the Atomica and would recommend it to anyone.

The wait staff was good, knowledgeable and recommended some good choices, some we went with, some we didn't.

Awesome beer list, draft and bottle. Tried the Stoudts Scarlet Lady ESB (on cask), North Coast Old Rasputin, Het Anker Gouden Carlous Ambrio and the Avery Collaboration Not Litigation. All were served in the appropriate glass ware, with proper heads and appeared to be fresh.

Overall, the prices appeared to be reasonable, being in DC, and comparable to other establishments in the east coast. Really, can't take anything away from this place. I will definitely be back the next time that I am in DC.

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

what a great day it was when PP opened this new location in Dupont, all but eliminating stressful forays into Georgetown, circling the crowded blocks for a parking spot

the interior is cozy and comfortable, often crowded and noisy but I've never gone claustrophobic and have always been able to find two adjacent seats at the bar within a few minutes, currently too cold to take advantage of the outdoor patio but it will be a great spot come springtime

of greatest interest to me is the tap selection - 12 taps and one cask, often featuring obscure imports and with usually at least one or two gems, check online for the current draft menu, big bottle list covering every style and with more than a few that you won't find anywhere else in the city, everything is of top-notch quality and served in appropriate glassware

I've never taken a table, but bar service has always been fantastic, the usual barkeep is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about his wares, and has gone above and beyond on more than one occasion

the pizza is some of the best thin crust you'll find in the area, there are a few regulars on the menu, but the rotating special is always a good choice

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had occasion to finally stop by here today.

From the outside, this really looks like a small, unpretentious place. It doesn't look all that much better when you get inside, but as is often the case in DC, they make the most of what they have. As you walk in, there is a modest size bar to your immedidate right, with a back bar (where the kegs are more or less stored), and another bar area in the back where the pizzas are made. There are also a considerable number of booths and tables and chairs, which is probably a good thing given the popularity of this place.

Although this place only has 13 beers on tap and cask, what they have is very well thought out. Two hearted ale on cask, XH on tap... yeah, I'd call the beer selecttion pretty good. As for the bottle selection, they appeared to have around 150 different bottles of beer, and what they had was impressive. Service was pretty good, with the bartender very knowledgeable about the beers in store.

Food was OK. I got the pizza, which was pretty good, clearly made with fresh ingredients. However, the pizza otherwise was a bit salty, and would it kill them to slice the olives up before putting them on the pizza?

In any event, this is a very solid place. Although prices were high, my impression is that they were more or the less the norm for the area. Definitely worth a visit.

Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here twice while in town for a conference, once for lunch and once after dinner for a night-cap.

It looks like a basic pizza place, simple tables, no tablecloths or linen napkins, a bar along one side (seats ~15). It is relatively open so it can get a little loud when crowded (like Sat night at 11).

I think there were 10 beers on tap and 1 cask (Two Hearted, yum) and a solid bottle list. I had Limb&Life for lunch and then after dinner had a cask Two Hearted, a Hopsickle, and split a 750ml of Local 1. The service both times was fine, I wasn't looking for beer advice so I don't know about knowledge, but it sounded like the bartender knew what he was talking about with other customers.

The pizza was excellent, try the pesto, potato and parm pizza, it was great. The salad we split (not huge, but a good size for 2 people who also want pizza) was also quite good.

I would highly recommend this place if you like pizza or beer, you won't be disappointed. Now, if only they will open a branch in Lexington.

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Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle in Washington, DC
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.