Pizzeria Paradiso celebrates its silver anniversary, rolls back prices


It is estimated that more than half of restaurants fail within three years of opening. So for Pizzeria Paradiso to be celebrating its 25th anniversary — it’s a big deal.

Credited for popularizing Neapolitan-style pizza in the D.C. area, Pizzeria Paradiso opened in Dupont Circle in November 1991 and now includes sister locations in Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria, Va. There is also a fourth location planned for Hyattsville, Md.,  that will open later this year.

To celebrate its special sliver anniversary, all three locations will be offering Pizzeria Paradiso’s original 1991 menu and pricing to honor owner and chef Ruth Gresser’s influence on the District’s pizza and craft beer offerings. This special deal will be available starting today through Sunday, Nov. 20.

The throwback menu items include:

  • Paradiso Pizza, $6.95
    Paradiso tomato sauce and mozzarella
  • Panino di Arrosto di Verdure, $4.95
    Roasted vegetables (eggplant, sweet peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic) with pecorino and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Panino di Arrosto di Agnello, $5.95
    Herb and garlic roasted lamb, roasted vegetables, mixed greens and Dijon mustard
  • Insalata Mista, $3.25
    Mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Mozzarella Fresca, $3.95
    Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, basil and olive oil
  • Biscotti, $2.95
    Variety of house made Italian cookies
  • Gelato, $3.95
    Selection of house made ice cream

In addition, on Thursday, Nov. 17, the Georgetown location will replicate the restaurant’s first-ever beer dinner with an exclusive 5-course meal paired with iconic Belgian Trappist beers. Patrons interested in attending can reserve a seat online, and more details can be found at eatyourpizza.com.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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