Neighborhood: Three locations, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Alexandria
Official Friend of DCWD Rajistan and I were wandering back from Dupont Circle, my eyes dying a slow and painful allergy-related death. He wanted dinner; I wanted some respite from the outside. We settled on sitting inside at Pizzeria Paradiso's new Dupont Circle location.
The Dupont Circle edition moved from a small townhouse setup on P Street to a much larger location down the block, and it's easy to see what the benefits were. For one is the huge patio that the sun seemingly always smiles upon, especially in the late afternoon when we say by Paradiso's huge windows. The inside runs deeper than wide, with a long bar on the righthand side and a bunch of twos and fours on the left. In the back is a huge brick oven with a bar itself. The rest of the room is the typical exposed brick and wooden floor set up, except for a few painted touches (like a blue sky with clouds on the ceiling, one bright yellow wall, and several painted pizzas along the barrier running down the center of the room).
Not feeling especially hungry, Rajistan and I ordered a large Siciliana (tomato, zucchini, eggplant, sweet red peppers, red onion, capers, garlic, oregano, mozzarella, pecorino). We probably picked the Siciliana because it had twice as many toppings as every other pizza (at least that was my reason), despite the fact that none of those were meat. The actual pizza was good, but in many ways that was the limit of what I could say about it. It was perfectly adequate for what I wanted, and paired with craft beer on hand, it was a pleasant dinner. But after giving the meal some time to marinate, I can't say anything about it, extremely good or bad. It just was.
I've said it before: you know when someone asks you how you're doing or how something is, and your answer is, "It was good..." while you trail off at the end? It's like that.
Food Rating: *** (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Suits Scene
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing: Since the three locations are in such disparate locations, try something you can do in most locations: Capital Bikeshare. Rent two and bike around this beautiful city.