Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went for the pizza but stayed for the beer.
I lived in DC for a few years but now go back to visit old friends. Birreria Paradiso is a favorite of theirs and I can see why. I got the Atomica Pizza and it was perfect. Just the right amount of heat to stand up to the beer (some nice Beligan Ales). The great selection of beers plus quality service (we were given recommendations and food pairings) equals a great night out. I'm sorry I missed the Dogfish Head Snow Blower (it was Coming Soon) but I will definitely be stopping by my next time down.
Keep up the good work.
02-01-2007 15:55:35 | More by Greasedupdeafguy
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
You wouldn't know it from the street but this is one of the best great beer spots in D.C. If you venture downstairs, you will see at least 10 taps of great beer and at least one on cask. Great bottled selection from across the globe as well.
I couldn't get past the Old Crustacean on tap. They also had a couple Belgians on tap as well. You could easily lose your mind here.
The food was good to. We had a really good wood fired pizza as we sipped our beers.
The only knock was the presence of some of the snobbiest beer nerds I have ever come across. Fortunately, the beer and the food kept us occupied.
You have to have your wallet prepared but definitely worth a visit.
12-09-2006 14:29:20 | More by Terp96
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Travel to the basement depths of Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown and you will find the best beer bar in the DC area.
The draft and bottle selection is incredible. There are 10+ drafts that rotate frequently. During my visits, the draft selection was mostly Belgian, although I have been told by the staff that they will be incorporating more American micros into the lineup. You can find most anything you want in the bottle selection, including one of my personal favorites, Rogue Old Crustacean.
The bar is quaint, the staff is knowledgeable, the service is great, and the atmosphere is laid back. The decor is a little swanky, but hey, it's Georgetown. The excellent pizza that comes from upstairs is an added bonus.
11-29-2006 15:47:13 | More by HokieNoPokie
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
maybe im amazed-
1.)great pizza and quality food
2.)great beer selection
3.)very pleasant atmosphere
4.)upstairs downstairs all beers are availible on both floors
5.)any reason that takes me to georgetown other than working at or attending the university/grounds proper.
6.)theres a parking lot immediately next to the restaurant/bar so eat the fee and just park there unless you get very lucky for a meter on the street-if you dont know better avoid getting caught up in georgetown traffic always.always.you've been warned.
for me pizzeria paradiso is a great gourmet pizzeria that geeks out on the side as a connesseur beer bar, sort of like monks but not really.monk's is just a really good belgian beer bar with a cuisine de bierre restaurant in philly,a really good one too.
if you think of this place as a restaurant pizzeria first i dont think you'll EVER be dissappointed at all. after dinner grab that rochfort 10 or le coq downstairs with your hunny and cuddle up for a round or two.but me i'll eat and drink upstairs first.
ve been drinking and eating in dc principally at the brickskellar since about 1985 everytime/day im there.the beer was and is always the main thing at the brick.the food and late night kitchen was appreciated for what it was which was secondary cause the brick is a bar that serves food-first and foremost-or maybe a hotel that has a beer bar that serves food something like that-anyway-thats probably gonna change a bit now for me.i'll still drink at the brick till it closes, but i'll have dinner and a few rounds at the pizzeria paradiso first before going there.
i was staying on embassy road at the westin which is about 500 feet from the dupont circle PP/BP if you mapquest it but i chose to go to georgetown and subject myself to the traffic and all of it just to eat and drink here at the mothership. i didnt come here to georgetown thinking about sitting downstairs in the birreria at ALL although it is very quaint and nice.think i saw a fireplace down there some nice corners and it was all woody and cozy. tables down there seemed too small to really EAT at. very cool for a chill out pint or two and a snack for me but thats about it. i just kinda ran in and looked.at it, it was way too small for me to want to be in if it got even near crowded.just like monks back bar too! cafe belgique they aint-
anyway was very happy with PP's decor upstairs and was very hungry and very thirsty after a very long day/week of hard work.
the two of us grabbed a four top by the pizza bar/slab and ovens and stretched out-we waited til 830pm on a sunday for extra room-
i had the margherita pizza with sausage and garlic and onions and it was spot on.also had the genovese pizza patatine which i havent seen since rome.amazing even cold the next am for breakfast.split the lamb and roast pork panini's with my work buddy partner in grime and though the menu is short it is all very good quality food served simply and lovingly in the true italian artisinal style.as a lifetime new yorker i'll just say ive learned that you do get what you pay for.
dessert was fresh and creamy vanilla bean gelato with an old rasputin russian imperial stout on the side, which tasted even better together than it sounds.
now the beers-on tap: the duchess de b was amazing-and sadly have to say tasted even fresher than the ones i had all weekend at the brick before this-the dfh 60 ipa was very good-RR's pliny the elder,amazing, jusr amazing-pretty sure i also had a rodenbach and a few great others-dont ever remember being disapponted by a round-bottles: dedolle extra stout and le coq fantastic-my buddy though a neophyte ba was drinking duvels and punkin ales-maybe smutty and dfh side by side i think-
was very happy to learn that the very tall and pleasant extremely knowledgable young man serving me was none other than BA Thorchester, the manager of BP/PP and many many kudos to him and owner/chef ruth gressner on a fine pizzeria/birreria-a job well done-
found the entire service and staff just fine, all places have their problems, the decor and atmosphere very clean and quaint and there was even a large table of italian speaking and eating italians eating speaking and even drinking a good number of really good beers-and thats not too typically ITALIAN, ask romabrewer-
maybe PP/BP is a bit $$(for georgetown?come on peoples) and maybe its not an everyday beer stop, but maybe it was never intended to be.unless you live or work nearby or dont have to drive to get here of course.
than its a fine local pizzeria/pub with an amazing draft and bottled beer selection.you live round here,you're very very lucky to call it your local for both.
slainte/liam the nola viper
11-18-2006 11:02:21 | More by NolaViper
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
one of my new favorite spots in DC. the food is quite good. the menu is not long, but that's often a good thing. shared 3 large (12 inch) pizzas with 3 friends and they were great: italian style (no thai pizzas like at california pizza kitchen), we had one with mussels and one with an egg sunnyside up
the service was good. our waiter offered pairing tips and wasn't shy about asking "are you sure?" which is a good sign. the beer menu is much shorter than the brickskeller's but they have everything on it, and the quality is great. it even offers descriptions of the brew and beers are separated by style
sampled these fine brews on top of some good pizza.
some of the beers were pricy. i think they were charging $18 for a bottle of maharaja, for a bottle of which i'm pretty sure i recently paid $7 at the most. not the place to drink something easily available, but a perfect place to enjoy some more esoteric options
08-21-2006 05:52:13 | More by bruachan
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in for a late lunch on a Friday and was disappointed the downstairs lounge was closed (opens at 5pm). So, I had a seat at one of the tables in the dining area. Interior of the place is very open and filled with light. The bar area is off to the right side, adjacent to the entrance. The kitchen is off to the back with the brick ovens clearly visible.
The wait staff was quick, friendly, and knowledgable, especially our waiter. The food was excellent, though a bit pricey especially considering the portions, but yeah it's Georgetown.
The beer/wine menu is several pages (three or four times longer than the regular menu). There were over about 15 taps, 1 cask, and 80 bottles available. A variety of beers were available; local craft (Clipper City, Old Dominion), regionals (Victory, Dogfish Head), West Coast brewers (North Coast, Bear Republic, Rogue), and various imports (German and Belgian primarily).
The beer menu was partitioned by style with a section on IPAs, stouts, Belgian, etc. Plenty to choose from and the prices were slightly higher than might be expected, but still worth it, in my opinion.
I really enjoyed this place and would love to go back, but it'll have to be a special occassion as $60+ on a pizza and beer lunch for two people is not something I can do all the time.
08-13-2006 23:15:56 | More by jaluria
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As others have noted, this is a small, clean & well lit spot below Pizzeria Paradiso. I visited on a Tuesday afternoon & came back later that night. It was not crowded either time, though the upstairs was busy in the evening. The staff was knowledgable & friendly but not expert.
The beer list is roughly six pages organized by style with 1 or 2-sentence descriptions of each beer. I also agree it's tilted towards Belgians, but I was able to get my hops in, with flights of hard to come-by IPA's on tap & bottles of others to follow.
The size of the place may limit the overall range of what's offered, but since you don't have to sift through the chaff on a longer list or order anything that is unavailable, I came away thinking the smaller, better, & yes, more sophisticated list is a good thing.
I'll definitely be back the next time I'm in DC.
04-12-2006 14:56:50 | More by Ozone
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Let me first start off with the negative: This place is in Georgetown. For those not from DC, this means it's a bitch to drive to, a bitch (and then an arm and a leg) to park in, and then the sort of atmosphere that led to Yogi Berra saying "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."
That said, this will be the only reason I'll ever go to Georgetown. Now, on to the actual place.
Birreria Paradiso is actually the basement bar of the Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. There's another location in DC closer to Dupont Circle that, at this point, does not have the extensive beer selection this place has. On the weekends, the beer bar serves as overflow seating while people wait to get a table, so it can be kinda cramped on Fridays and Saturdays. All the beers in the downstairs bar are available upstairs so if you can't get a seat downstairs, you could always wait for a table.
The layout is bright and cheery bistro-style. Exposed brick walls, white trim, light colored woods. There's a bar right in the entrance from M Street with three taps and then a woodfired pizza oven in the bar. Slightly trendy, but not painfully so. You needn't dress up to come here. Walk past all this and head downstairs for the portion that is Birreria Paradiso. The decor downstairs is more of the same, although a bit darker due to being underground. A tad more cozy, overall. 16 taps, a beer engine, and about 3 glass-faced fridges await the intrepid beer drinker.
I went on a Saturday nght at 8, so it was kind of busy. The bartender and other staff that night were mildly rushed due to this, but I didn't feel neglected in the least. Proper glassware and serving temperature was observed. No stouts served at ice cold temps. The cask beer (Hop Devil) was served in imperial pint glasses and at cellar temperature (not to mention damn tasty). When I ordered a Rose de Gambrinus for my fiancé, a friendly "are you sure?" was given. The staff know their stuff.
In terms of selection, we're talking 16 taps, 1 beer engine, and 80 bottles of beer. The taps and the cask rotate on a somewhat frequent basis (not certain of the periodicity here). No clunkers on the tap list. No real clunkers on the bottle list, either. Other than the light macro lagers (Miller and Amstel), I can see myself wanting to have all the beers listed on the menu. The beer menu is organized by style, with an explanation of the style as well as short blurbs on each beer. I didn't pore over it with a red pen, but it seemed accurate enough.
The pricing is actually rather reasonable for the city, and the area in particular. The tap beers are $6-10, bottles range from $5-10 for 12 ozers, and between $12-18 for bombers/750mL. I've seen much more exorbitant markups at other beer bars in the area. Food is also reasonably priced, too. I was expecting to walk out of there paying a lot more than we did ($100 for 4 people, a few rounds each, full meals).
Since the bar was cramped and the group of four I was with actually wanted to have a conversation with each other, we opted to get a table upstairs after a round or two. We all had pizza, though the menu offered some other non-pizza items. Vegetarians/vegans can opt to have soy cheese in lieu of milk cheese. You can also get whole wheat dough, too. The 'za ain't a cheese and grease fest like you get at Domino's or Pizza Hut. Kinda healthy actually. Thin crust, woodfired pizza in the Italian style, not Italian-American. I'd say I've had better pizza of this style, but it was certainly not bad in the least.
Thor can be complimented on what he's done with this place. The model used here seems to match that of Monk's Cafe. Keep up the good work. Mr. Alexander: take notice. This is how it is done.
03-12-2006 17:04:15 | More by ManekiNeko
3.86/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is a good place to drink beer in DC. Was there on a Monday and it was pretty laid back - an upscale pizza place. I had the belgian flight of Saison Dupont, Leifman's Kriek and Gouden Carolus Tripel. My friends had the American flight of Hennepin, Old Rasputin and 90 minute IPA.
Really nice beer menu explaining styles. The selection was good but once again (see my RFD review) very few outstanding beers and limited east coast all star beers. Didn't have any of the food except the free olives but the pizza looked good.
03-03-2006 05:11:29 | More by lou91
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to Birreria Paradiso on the Sunday night of it's first week open. It's a small-ish space with a small bar, a fair amount of tables and a few armchairs. The best feature is the fireplace (alas, it's gas) with a few armchairs around it, looks very comfortable for a small group to sit and enjoy a few pints. The draught selection is pretty good. It's Belgian heavy, with a couple Saison offerings, Ommengang Hennepin, and othes. Also had Fullers ESB, DFH 60 and 90, Russian River Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Stout, Bluebird Bitter. 16 taps total, plus a cask (interestingly, they had Clipper City Small Craft Warning, a pilsner -- I didn't think that a pilsner would have any benefit of being on cask. Supposedly they are getting a Victory offering next). 80 bottled beers, also a bit Belgian heavy. I was somewhat unimpressed with most of the bottle offerings. They had 6 IPA's, but while good, it seemed unimaginitive, Old Dominion, Stone, Anderson Valley, Samuel Smiths, Smuttynose and one more. Three Brown Ales, a very good Barleywine selection (albeit small in number) -- I had a 2002 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Some lagers and a decent stout selection. They seemed to care (at least by the menu) about enjoying beer as well, with descriptions of each style above the offerings, with a short description of each beer as well. Would definitely help someone trying to learn about beer.
All in all a good experience, comfortable enough to sit and relax, good food (a dish of olives when you sit down), good, low music. A touch on the expensive side, but I was certainly willing to pay for beer that I can't have other places. The one thing I'd like to see (from any DC bar, actually), is some focus on mid-atlantic beers.
02-13-2006 14:42:41 | More by GCampbell091
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Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown in Washington, DC
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