Like Shakespearian plays and Voltrons, traditional Italian menus are usually broken down into five distinct, yet harmonious, segments. Sift through interlocking courses with today’s Groupon to Paper Moon. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare during lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare during dinner.
Paper Moon populates its lunch and dinner menus with authentic Italian fare in an elegant dining room nestled in historic Georgetown. While the sun sits high in the midday sky, arouse incisors with an appetizers of savory mushroom caps stuffed with crab ($5.95) before fixing fangs into the suprema sandwich’s tasty blend of chicken breast, sautéed onions, and tomatoes ($8.95) or a pizza con salmone crowned with smoked salmon, mozzarella, and artichoke hearts ($10.95). In the evenings, chefs send crabmeat wrapped in shrimp life-vests floating along waves of lemon butter in the scampi di granchi ($18.95). Hearty secondi courses quell demanding tummy rumbles with ornate plates of bistecca di manzo alla pizzaiola, a succulent sirloin centerpiece gilded with cracked black peppercorn and a deluge of rich cognac-cream sauce ($21.95).
Sumptuous red curtains and elegant tableware decorate Paper Moon, fostering an atmosphere for both familial feasts and romantic rounds of I Spy. Choreograph a rhythmic sip-along to the 1940s big-band refrains bursting from the dining room’s dulcet sound system while imbibing wine, suds, and spirits from Paper Moon’s full-service bar. Outdoor seating provides a relaxing respite from the interior action as diners nosh beneath glittering stars and catapulted chaff from Hundred Years’ War reenactors.
Though it’s located just steps from Georgetown’s bustling streets, Paper Moon transports diners back to the Old World hearth with homey steaks, pasta, seafood, and Italian specialties cut with creamy sauces and delicate herbs. The kitchen’s dedication earned the notice of the Washington Post, whose critic noted that "regulars praise the pizza, made in a wood-burning oven," before admiring the "wall-mounted fountains, terra-cotta friezes, tiled floors, potted palms, and touches of tapestry and red velvet” that populate the expansive dining room. Filled with the brassy sound of big-band swing, the dining room comfortably hosts big events, including group dinners, family gatherings, or a giant’s quinceañera.
1073 31st St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007