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Pizzeria Paradiso

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Pizzeria ParadisoPizzeria Paradiso

17 Reviews
Reviews: 17
Visits: 30
Avg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 204
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

124 King St
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-3208
United States
phone: (703) 837-1245

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @eatyourpizza

Place added by: Thorpe429 on 10-26-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 30
Reviews by Huhzubendah:
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I stopped in for lunch and a beer yesterday.

Located right in Old Town, Pizzeria Paradiso is an open and inviting space. The front of the restaurant has huge windows, creating a picturesque wintry scene upon which to gaze while enjoying a brew on a cold day.

When I mentioned that I was thinking about a stout, the server came back in less than a few minutes with two gratis samples of stouts from the draft list, which was very thoughtful.

The draft selection was decent enough. I was disappointed that their cask ale had run out. When I asked what the next cask would be, I was informed that there was no one currently working who could change the cask. I find this completely unacceptable. If you are employed as a bartender at an establishment that focuses on beer and always has a cask, you need to have the basic skills to change it out. Seriously...

My pizza was mediocre at best. Some of the other selections on the menu, like the antipasto, are much better than the pizza selections. The basil on my margherita pizza was scorched, which was a bummer. The crust just was not up to par, either.

The prices are OK, I suppose, though not great, but there wasn't really anything available on draft that I could get really excited about.

Regarding beer, the Old Town location is nowhere near as good as the Georgetown Pizzeria Paradiso.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BLebowski
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Could be the best craft beer place on King Street in Old Town. My only warning - Happy Hour applies only If you are sitting/standing in the bar area. Eat and order in the dining area, and it's full price.

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Photo of Parigee
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I've been to Pizzeria Paradiso a number of times and always find something interesting on tap. In July 2014 the restaurant had July PA Festival with nearly all IPAs on tap out of 13 taps. Waitstaff are knowledgeable but seem a bit rushed during busier times. Nothing much to speak of for atmosphere and it can be quite load during evenings. Free small plate of olives for munching is different.

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Photo of Scarney321
5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Drinkstout
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live in Alexandria and this is my go-to bar. What I like about Pizza Paradiso is their ever revolving tap selection. Other beer bars have standard year-round selections and rotate some of their taps. Paradiso rotates all of their taps so that each time I go, there is a completely different tap menu. They sometimes do themes depending on season or have tap takeovers.

Also very kid friendly if you want table service, and there is an expanded bar area where they have good happy hour specials.

I personally prefer this to other the Alexandria beer bar, Rustico, mainly because the food is better and also it is easier to get a seat and more conveniently located in the heart of Old Town (so I can walk/stumble home).

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Photo of Saudereth
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This Old Town location is a nice lower-key, lower-volume alternative to the Dupont Circle experience. The attention to a quality beer experience is consistent across this local chain, with variety and solid presentation here in Alexandria. Servers are not enthusiastic, but still useful and knowledgable. The food, being of a single type, limits pairing experiences, but it is tasty. And considering the location and surrounding culture, it's not a bad overall value. I'd certainly return.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A lucky find a few weeks back while here on vacation/family obligations. I was relying on mass transit, so this was convenient to get to...

Upscale pizza/watered down sports bar vibe, but family friendly & a great mixture of other folks in there

All beers were in great shape with the exception of the oliver cask ales on offer, none of them really wowed me. Was there 4 nights in a 6 day period, saw several beers rotate in & out

Service was friendly, prompt & knowledgeable about their beers on offer

Roughly 16 taps, plus a cask offering. Very nice bottled selection, was tempted to spring for the $30 bottle of Founders Doom, but I was doing alright as it was. Nice mix of local to imports

Food was good; pizzas & a few other Italian dishes were tasty

This place was a little pricey compared to some other places in old town, but not too harsh

If ever back through I would surely come here again

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Photo of Jester
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I've gone there with friends for (pretty good) pizza before, but what I really enjoy is their selection of beers and their knowledgeable beer tender. They give tasters (of their drafts) and they are the only place outside the Pacific-Northwest I've seen someone serving beers from the Full Sail Brewery!!

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Photo of Chaney
4.18/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Primo location in Alexandria, VA, almost right on the water. Right up the road from the very touristy, "Torpedo Factory," and two or three restaurant spaces up the hill on King Street. On the inside, head left (you can't miss it!) for a chalk board fill with the day's goodys. Head right, or wait to be seat.

Quality and Service: Pretty awesome at this place, where the service is always great and geared to me your needs on the beer end, and the quality of the beer and food has pretty much been covered, reviewed, and praised by every beer geek that comes to the area.

Selection: Really nice, however, I will say this about this particular location: They only get stuff distributed to the Virginia side of the Beltway. Since I live in VA, I personally don't get as many cool entries compared to the other two. Still, there are plenty most distro entries that the other two locations don't get (eg. Terrapin, Aleswerks, etc.).

Food. The pizzas here are great, gourmet in nature, and my wife loves them. That's good enough for me.

Value: Always expensive in the DC metro area, but still right on par with the rest of the establishments. Sigh...

If you're in Old Town and love beer, this is your Valhalla...

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Visited with the family on Jan 13 for lunch.

A - Its a pizza place with great beer. Kid friendly. Not too noisy. Certain areas can be a little cramped. Three bathrooms! Not the biggest place around. I could see where there would be times when you can't get a seat to eat. Bar itself was short, but the area around it was large and spacious with additional stools.

Q - Some nice beers available with the beers I had tasting fresh. Used proper glassware. Stout probably served too cold, but nothing a little patience won't fix.

S - Great service. Waitress was nice and attentive. Good with the kids. Patient with the dad who could not make up his mind.

S - Huge bottle menu, about 50, with a wide variety. About 15 beers on tap, a good variety but could be better (e.g. nothing special or unusual especially with regard to Belgium). Had a North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (bottle) and a Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal Blonde (tap).

F - The 4 cheese white pizza, to which we added sausage and more cheese (goat) was out of this world. Crust was good, but I've had better - a little doughy. Kids cheese pizza was good as well.

V - Two kids and three adults drinking beer and wine (2 each) with pizza for $106. Many of the bottles are way over priced, so try to avoid those unless its absolutely necessary.

I will go back.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really good pizza type products. Great service, if you waitress does not know she will find out quickly and correctly, fast service.

Beer selection is advertised at 150 craft beers, actual list looked to be less. Nice cross section of beers on tap, with the bottles costing more.

Good location, in the last two blocks of King Street. If not for Red Rocks 6 blocks away on the same street this would be my go to pizza place. As it is, PP has a better beer selection and is just slightly behind on pizza quality. This is because RR is so darn good, not a fault at PP.

The room is open with high brick walls and few dividers or art, so it gets loud with just adults. Add in three small children scattered around and it gets very noisy.

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Photo of Godot
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I go here regularly for happy hour (5-7) which they have now extended Monday through Thursday (it was only Tues. and Wed.). The happy hour special includes half off drafts and there are deals on food as well. However, you have to sit (or stand) in the bar area, which is problematically small. The establishment itself has a nice design and it is clean and stylish, but the bar area can be frustrating and packed.

Their draft selection is always good and constantly rotating. There has never been an occasion when I have gone and not found at least 3 or 4 beers I was excited about (not always rare beers, though you will often find them as well, just great quality brews you don't always see on tap). ~15 taps plus a cask. Beers are always served in proper glass and as close to proper temp as you can hope for. Great bottle selection though I have never bought a bottle. Bottle prices seemed a little high if memory serves.

Bar tenders are a mixed bag. There is one guy there who is very knowledgeable about beer, quick and attentive. However, I have been there a number of times when he was not and the service can lackluster. Generally they are well meaning, but I had one bartender tell my wife and I that he just didn't like beer (which is a problem when you are asking for suggestions.

Their food is good but not mind-blowing by any stretch (though much better than Rustico IMHO, which is about a mile up the street).

Definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been looking forward to this place since before I moved out here so I'm glad I finally got to check it out! At first it was packed (about 1 on a fri.) but it died down fairly quick after that. This place is LOUD, so forewarning on that.

The beer list is solid for sure and they have a huge bottle list as well, and don't forget the cask! The prices are reasonable for the area. I was used to paying no more than $5.50 for a beer but here it goes up to $7.50. I think mine was about $6 for a 16 oz serving.

The pizza was surprisingly good. Lighter than some but still with lots of flavor, which for lunch I was looking for.

I will go back for sure.

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Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria, VA
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.