The first Neapolitan style pizzeria and Independent Craft Beer bar in Washington DC.
We opened Pizzeria Paradiso so we could make the kind of pizza we longed for but couldn’t find in the DC area; the kind of pizza where the crust was the most important part. To create that pizza, we start with a wood-burning, domed, stone oven . Then we placed the oven at the heart of the restaurant so our guests would feel the warmth and comfort of its glow. 30 years later we are still serving the best pizza and beer in town.
The original Pizzeria Paradiso, located on the second floor of a small townhouse in Dupont Circle in 1991. The restaurant received immediate critical acclaim and has consistently been ranked among the best dining in Washington, DC. Since the original location opened its doors, we have opened Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants in Georgetown, DC (2002), Hyattsville, MD (2017) and Spring Valley, DC (2018).
Founded on the spirit of laughter, Pizzeria Paradiso evokes the warmth one feels in the home of a close friend. Founder and Chef Ruth Gresser’s vision of Pizzeria Paradiso during its formation was of her standing near the kitchen laughing with her co-workers. The notion of creating a nice, respectful and good place to work is the bedrock of Pizzeria Paradiso, and still, guides the staff and influences our customers. At Pizzeria Paradiso, the people in our community change but the feeling our community creates remains true to Founder Ruth Gresser’s vision.