There's something unmistakably Italian about Toscana Grill. Maybe it's the white marble and ebony wood accents in the dining room, or maybe it's the hospitality with which the servers greet each guest. In all likelihood, it's probably both of these things?plus a menu of northern Italian dishes crafted with local produce and herbs.
All of the traditional favorites are here, including eggplant parmigiana, spinach ravioli alfredo, and chicken marsala with mushrooms. But it's not all classics. There are also plenty of genre-bending pizzas, such as one topped with shrimp, white-wine sauce, butter, and garlic. A bottle of wine from the bar makes a perfect companion to any meal, especially if you dress it up like a person and pretend that it can talk.
A friendly staff serves up generously sized portions at this family-friendly Italian eatery. Children dine on kids'-menu selections as adults choose from a menu of classic pizzas, seafood, and pastas. Chefs' Southern Italian cooking can be enjoyed beneath the stucco archways of the casual dining area or amid well-kept shrubbery on the patio.
Zagat named Pizzeria Paradiso one of DC’s top 5 pizza places, noting the “fresh dough and fresher ingredients” and “homey digs” (the original location is a small townhouse in Dupont Circle). But the real draw are the craft beers from Union Craft Brewing, Flying Dog, and Stillwater.
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Continuing the Italian tradition of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizzeria Venti offers a handful of oven-baked pies teeming with trans-fat-free toppings (except for naturally occurring trans fats in dairy). Like a self-rising theater, Pizzeria Venti's homespun crust acts as a stage for more than 20 pizza performances, such as italian sausage, seasoned with fennel, fresh basil, and herbs ($3.25/slice) or chicken vesuvio, which erupts with roasted breast of chicken, mushrooms, black olives, and garlic ($4/slice). Though pizza prevails as the main attraction, the menu also marches through baked pastas ($7.50+), salads ($6.50+), and seasonal soups ($4.25) to create a culinary lineup that is more well-rounded than a reconstructed Humpty Dumpty.
Having served scrumptious pizza and flavorful pasta for nearly 30 years, Delia's Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza has garnered a loyal following based on its Old World entrees and hospitable atmosphere. Delia's menu is packed with entrees concocted from traditional family recipes, starting with tasty pizza-pies. Delia’s has a secret recipe for its dough, which is “chewier, sweeter and thicker than the thin style that's in vogue,” according to the Washington Post. Try the Famagusta pizza, baked with halloumi cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh tomatoes ($11–$15). Or, forget circular edibles and mine for delicious chunks of sausage in the rigatoni norcina, where penne pasta and a cream sauce provide sanctuary for Italian sausage and mushrooms ($14). For dessert, there’s the coppa spagnola, vanilla and cherry gelato swirled together underneath a palatable pile of Amarena cherries ($6).