Pizzeria Paradiso has been around since before you were born. Okay, well, certainly before the gourmet pizza trend was born. It’s 27 years old and remains a favorite among a wide field of contenders. Paradiso cooks its pizzas in a wood-burning, domed, stone oven that can withstand 650 degree heat, which gives the pizza a light but doughier crust than its rivals. The pies come in 8” and 12” sizes, and the 47-item toppings list includes anything you might imagine, from mussels to vegan mozzarella. Paninis and salads, too, get high marks. Pizzeria Paradiso also has a Birreria, where patrons interested in microbrews and handcrafted beers can select from 12 drafts and 200 bottles. Paradiso’s other locations are in Georgetown, at 3282 M St. NW ([tel] 202/337-1245), and in Old Town Alexandria, at 124 King St. ([tel] 703/837-1245).
- Elise Hartman Ford