The holidays slowed down the 250-seat spot’s projected opening date, which is now targeting Friday, January 25, for its first day of business at 3120 Georgia Avenue NW.
An adjoining bar and patio garden dubbed No Kisses is scheduled to debut at the same time, but the team is waiting on its liquor license. The dim drinking den houses plush hunter green booths, bowtie-shaped mirrors and marble tables, and circular metallic lighting fixtures. An iridescent blue-hued ceiling mimicking a sky is comprised of squares — the same shape of its pizzas.
Wall art pays homage to Bologna’s soccer stars and vintage framed photos of Italian tastemakers alongside retro brown-and-white seating, wood flooring, and Scrabble lettering spelling out drink options.
The menu leads with signature square-shaped pies, served by the slice or whole (ideal for three to four people). One standout is the Pesky Mario, which includes tomato, mozzarella, sausage, roasted onion, hot pepper, and pecorino. Customizable creations are also available.
Other dishes include chicken parmesan on house-made bread, a vegetarian Italian sandwich, sharable appetizers and salads, and liters of Italian red wine. Here’s a first look at the opening lineup:
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Playing up local ingredients is also a big theme, with dishes made from produce procured at nearby farms and its own garden. Outdoor patio accents include a 1970s-era bar car and leafy palm trees.
Colony Club, which brought nearby residents an all-day destination for coffee and cocktails upon opening in 2015, is right next door. Park View recently got another hot addition with this fall’s opening of Call Your Mother.