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Pizzeria Paradiso’s First Maryland Restaurant Boasts an Outdoor Beer Bar

The chain’s fourth location has 16 rotating taps

The new Pizzeria Paradiso in Hyattsville, Md.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Pizzeria Paradiso, a homegrown chain that caters to fans of gourmet pies and specialty brews, is scheduled to open its first location in Maryland — the only branch in the tightly knit family of restaurants to feature an outdoor beer bar — on Saturday, July 8.

The new Hyattsville shop (4800 Rhode Island Avenue), comes in at 2,000 square feet, and shares the property with arts education-oriented nonprofit Art Works Now.

The fully renovated space — chef/founder Ruth Gresser, who started cooking up Neapolitan-style pizzas in Dupont Circle over a quarter century ago, planted this latest restaurant in a former florist shop cherished by her spouse, Art Works Now founder Barbara Johnson — has 55 seats inside plus another 18 outdoors. A folding window connects a five-seat bar posted on the patio to the interior.

Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week. Executive beverage director Drew McCormick is expected to keep a rotating selection of draft beers flowing on the 16 taps. Opening week specials include an all-Maryland brewery tap takeover as well as crab salad-topped pizza.

Pizzeria Paradiso

Local artwork is displayed throughout. One contributor placed a mosaic flame on the wood-fired pizza oven’s dome, while Art Works Now and the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council commissioned the 20 pizza-inspired art pieces that adorn the walls.

Status: Opening July 8 at 11:30 a.m. 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, Md.; website.