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pizzeria paradiso's non-pizza items

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I've had pizza the past three days in a row, i don't think i can stand anymore, and i'm meeting friends at pizzeria paradiso for dinner tonight. are there good non-pizza items there?

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  1. Not much, salads for the most part. Sympathize with the pizza overload, it gets to be enough is enough, how about some nutrition.

    1. I once had an amazing sandwhich there of shaved lamb, roasted red peppers, arugula and goat cheese on perfectly toasted sourdough. It was divine.

      But it was a special and not on their regular menu. They do have a lamb sandwhich listed online, but I don't know if it's the same one.

      1. I actually was just there last night and also wanted to stay away from pizza for nutritional concerns. I must say the salad I ordered was pretty wimpy. The one with arugula, roasted red pepper, mushroom and goat cheese. It was fine but definitely not filling enough as a meal - which I guess is the intention! My friends ordered a very "non-pizza"ish pizza, which had pesto instead of tomato sauce and sliced potatoes covering the top. I had a taste and it was really delicious. That may be different enough to satisfy your non-pizza craving.

        1. Not a main dish, but I like their Tiramisu.

          1. Panzanella is a good choice.

            1. Tell your friends you want to go somewhere else! I'm not a big fan of anything on Paradiso's menu. It's so overrated. They wouldn't have survived a month in New York City or Philadelphia for that matter. They only exist here because we are so starved for choice. Having said all of that, the previous recommendation to get a non-pizza-ish pizza is good advice. Their salads are super lame.

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              1. re: bhein

                I know we'll take hits for this, but I couldnt agree with you more.....

                1. re: ciaoda

                  Im guessing neither of you two are beer lovers. For that reason alone I rank them as one of the best places in the DC area to visit because other than Church Key and maybe Rustico there really isnt any place that can compare to them for the beer connoisseur who happens to like pizza too. The pizza seems fine to me but I generally only eat when they are doing their happy hour deals.

                  And on a somewhat related note, is it true that they plan on opening another Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town? That on top of the new Fireworks Pizza they are building near the Courthouse metro? Seems like a glut of good pizza and beer places cant be a bad thing if all true...

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                  3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                  1. re: Insidious Rex

                    Yes it is true it is opening summer 2010. Haven't seen a ton of action yet though.

                    AND... Rustico is planning a Clarendon location. Pete's is planning an Arlington location. Pupatella is opening a storefront on Wilson Blvd. Pizzeria Orso is being opened by the pizza man from 2Amys. Red Rocks is also opening an Alexandria location.

                    We should be pizza'd out soon.

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