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All the Things to Devour at Chevy Chase Newcomer Little Beast

The opening menu includes seafood pie and lamb ragu

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Pepperoni pizza at Little Beast ($15) with crushed tomato, mozzarella, spinach, and garlic confit.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Family-friendly newcomer Little Beast opened this week in Chevy Chase, bringing the neighborhood a whimsical place to feast on hearty comfort foods like wood-fired pizzas and meaty pastas.

The colorful indoor-outdoor space (5600 Connecticut Avenue NW) comes from Aaron Gordon (Red Velvet Cupcakery, Bakers & Baristas), who lives in the area and spotted a shortage of restaurants where young families and couples can wine and dine.

Little Beast, now open for dinner service, includes a 74-seat cozy dining area with reclaimed wood and an open kitchen, joined by a 44-seat outdoor patio with neon chairs that match playful animated “monsters” created by a Berlin-based graffiti artist.

Executive chef Nicholas Martino, most recently chef de cuisine at Tredici Enoteca, is also making house-cured and smoked bacon, house-made sausage, smoked pork and chicken for the menu, as well as mini pizzas and buttered noodles for kids. Here’s a look at the opening food and drink menu:

The restaurant, open daily at 4 p.m., will be joined by a daytime cafe component later this month. Scroll on for a look at some of the dinner dishes:

Spicy lamb ragu ($19) with orecchiette, baby kale, bread crumbs, and pecorino.
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Fisherman’s Pie ($25) comes with scallop, shrimp, salmon, English peas, lemon cream, gruyere, and potato.
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Whipped ricotta ($13) with olive oil, honey, rosemary, hazelnut, and flatbread.
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