Yes, I know it’s been forever…yes, I know you’ve missed me. With rising food prices, we’ve been eating in more (and spending the same it seems!) How have you been coping with all prices being sky-high?
These quick reviews over the next few days are some of our favorite lower-cost options around town: two stand-by restaurants, and one stand-by recipe.
Pizzeria Paradiso (Or as we shorthand it, “PP” This can also be used as a verb: “Let’s PP Friday night”)
The two locations in Georgetown and Dupont are similar, with Georgetown also having a basement floor bar, Birreria Paradiso, which has microbrews galore. The Dupont location (where we typically frequent) is smaller, so expect to wait any night at anytime, unless you’re lucky or just really, really, ridiculously good-looking. It’s a little cramped, but it still feels like a neighborhood joint, and I usually run into someone I know (since once you eat at PP, you return. Often).
Grab a stool at the bar facing the brick-oven or squeeze into one of the tables by the window for that part-of-the-neighborhood feel.
I love the servers at Paradiso. They’re super-friendly, and there seems to be low turn-over.
Ah, pizza: the true food of the gods. I love Paradiso with its heavy cheese and yeasty crust. I always start with the bread (which I dip in olive oil sprinkled with Parmesan cheese) or the mozzarella fresca – buffalo mozzarella with sun-dried tomatoes and slivers of basil. Next is a pepperoni and mushrooms pie, which will ruin you forever. The pepperoni is spicy and the mushrooms huge and flavorful. And don’t overlook the crust: it dips in that olive oil just as well.
The Dupont location will be moving soon, but thankfully just to a place down the street with more space! Our server recently told us they’re hoping to move around Thanksgiving, but one never knows for sure until it actually happens.
Best for: Pizza-lovers, people who like to support their local neighborhood place (PP is big on being “part of the neighborhood”) and kids.
Worst for: Couples seeking a quiet, romantic evening out and groups over 6 – head to the Georgetown location for that and enjoy!