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Local Chain Pizzeria Paradiso Preps for Its Biggest Location Yet

The new spot will set up in Spring Valley later this month

Star offerings at Pizzeria Paradiso.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Pizzeria Paradiso’s biggest location to date is expected to arrive in Spring Valley later this month, bringing the neighborhood near American University a new source for wood-fired pies with a side of arcade games.

The District’s homegrown pizzeria is shooting to open its fifth area location at 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW by late November, a rep tells Eater. Its Neapolitan-style pizzas will naturally be the focal point, along with its brand-wide lineup of salads and appetizers. Local beers picked by beverage director Drew McCormick will fill up 14 draft lines.

A spacious dining room, being built from scratch, will be stocked with two pinball machines and a custom mural by artist and Stillwater Brewery label designer Mike Van Hall.

Pizzeria Paradiso just installed a Marra Forni oven. One sits in every location.
Pizzeria Paradiso/Facebook

Once warm weather returns, the location will grow even more with the addition of a 60-seat patio and outdoor drink rail next year.

Chef-owner Ruth Gresser refreshed a long-standing Georgetown location last month by turning its basement into a game-filled bar. The seasoned restaurateur branched out to Maryland last summer, opening her first Pizzeria Paradiso in the state in neighboring Hyattsville.