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Mar 24, 2010 02:16 PM

Il Canale?

Has anyone tried this Italian place in Georgetown? Apparently it just opened in February.

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  1. Ordered two pizzas there last Saturday, with a side of draft Peroni. Pizza was thin; not crisp per se, but not doughy. Margherita Pizza had sparse amounts of basil and cheese. White pizza w/ arugula and tomatoes was decent; though, nothing resonated in my mind to keep them front-brain when thinking of pizza. A decent thin-crust pizza, with slightly strange ambiance on rooftop. (Talk radio blaring throughout the meal...?) Still will catch me @ Paradiso 9/10 times.

    1. It was named Best New Pizza in the Washington City Paper's Best of DC list.

      1. I checked this place out on Friday with some friends. I thought it wasn't bad, though perhaps not worth a return trip. My friends weren't very impressed over all. I shared a basic pizza with delicious artichoke hearts and mushrooms, and a "white pizza" with vegetables. I actually thought the quality of the toppings was quite high. The dough was alright - indeed, it was somewhere between thin and doughy. Definitely more like Pizzeria Paradiso than a 2 Amy's crust. The atmosphere was a little odd. The service was quite friendly, but there was something off about the decor - like it was trying really hard to be trendy, but just didn't have it quite figured out.
        It was fine, but I would say you get more for your money at 2 Amy's.

        Pizzeria Paradiso
        3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

        1. Yes, I have tried this restaurant, and contrary to what the other two reviews stated, this restaurant is not only memorable, they serve the best Neapolitan style pizza that I have been able to find in DC. I am not a huge fan of Pizzeria Paradiso (find it pretentious and not truly Neapolitan style), but I love Two Amys. Il Canale's pizza is better. In addition, I tried a few other dishes (linguine alla vongole and gnocchi), both of which I found delicious. My husband is from Napoli and just moved here. He is absolutely thrilled that we have found an italian restaurant that is not over-priced and meets his standards. Please keep in mind that this restaurant only opened two months ago, so if they were not up to others' standards when they visited, it would be best to give them another try.

          Two Amys
          3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

          Pizzeria Paradiso
          3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

          1. I tried out Il Canale for the first time last night. I had just gotten done seeing Eat Pray Love and was craving a late night Italian meal (actually what I was craving was a direct flight to Rome!). Il Canale turned out to be the perfect spot. This is a restaurant you don't hear a whole lot about but I really enjoyed it.

            I'm not a huge pizza person (I know, I know) so I can't comment on that but I got the linguine with clams and it was delicious. The pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente, lots and lots of clams with thin slivers of garlic and red pepper flakes. With a small sprinkling of Parmesan cheese it was the perfect bowl of pasta. I paired it with a class of Pino Grigio (my only main complaint was the glasses of wine seemed over priced. The cheapest was $10 and there was only 1 or 2 choices at that price point. My Pino Grigio was $16.)

            I also liked the vibe of the restaurant and the service. They gave me a great seat in front of the large open window so I could get a nice breeze from outside. There was a small rowdy group at the bar, but I didn't really mind. I walked in at 10pm and was one of the last patrons there. There is upstairs seating and I think what looked like a nice roof top deck. The service was great...very friendly. It reminded me a lot of the small Italian restaurants I use to frequent in the North End of Boston.

            Also I should mention that I was dining alone and felt perfectly taken care of, in case that counts for anything.

            Overall a great meal, exactly what I was craving. I will definitely be back again.