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The team behind Chevy Chase’s retro-chic I’m Eddie Cano will expand to Glover Park this spring.
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The Owners of I’m Eddie Cano Will Bring a Roman Pizza Place to Glover Park

The to-be-named venture will open in the old Arcuri space this spring

The owners of Chevy Chase’s mod Italian-American favorite I’m Eddie Cano will plant a neighborhood pizzeria in Glover Park that centers around rectangular, Roman-style slices.

Massimo and Carolyn Papetti just signed a deal to take over the former home of Arcuri, the wood-fired pizza place and limoncello bar that closed in August after an eight-year run (2400 Wisconsin Avenue NW). The Papettis tell Eater they plan to open later this spring.

The new to-be-named restaurant sits nearly three miles south of I’m Eddie Cano, a stylish destination for rigatoni, meatballs, and eggplant Parmesan that livened up the sleepy upper Northwest strip upon opening in 2018. Their new Northwest project brings pizza to the table for the first time, but other menu details are slim for now.

Brick-lined Arcuri, outfitted with a Cello Room stage for music and comedy, was known for its thin, crispy wood-fired pies like the Fig Lebowski (buffalo mozzarella, fig, prosciutto, port reduction).

The brick-lined Arcuri building with a patio
The brick-lined space that formerly housed Arcuri will turn into a Roman pizza place.
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The incoming replacement will focus on a heftier type of pie that’s getting more traction around D.C. as of late.

A couple posing in front of a mod Italian print
Massimo Papetti is a veteran of Assaggi Osteria and Cafe Milano and his wife, Carolyn, is a certified sommelier.
Carolyn Papetti/official photo

Defined by rectangular slices with a sturdy base and airy crust, Roman-style pizza can be found in Del Ray, Virginia out of the pandemic-born Stracci pizza trailer from Vermillion alum Tom Cardarelli. And Brookland’s respected Neapolitan spot Menomale also makes the high-hydration pies at its new Noma location, decorated edge to edge in toppings like bolognese sauce or salami and artichokes.

Glover Park recently lost a pizza pad with the closure of Social Beast, restaurateur Aaron Gordon’s ghost kitchen that offered Detroit, wood-fired, and Roman-style pies, which also made a cameo at Penn Quarter’s Bakers & Baristas.

Meanwhile, I’m Eddie Cano is moving forward with plans to expand next door with the addition of a seat-free, European-style bar called Italian Bar. The pint-sized hangout, now expected to pop in March, models itself after Roman businesses where people congregate to chat over quick morning cappuccinos, light pastries, gelato, Italian snacks, and day-time digestifs and spiked espressos.

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