Thursday, March 18, 2010


Seriously awesome sliders with onion straw thingees that were amazing. And I don't like onions.

Fire and Smoke pizza......I did not partake in this one.

Jenny's first real night out after back was rough, but fun.

Jessica showed up late and was jealous of Chris' pizza.

Dave and Chris devoured the Fire and Smoke pizza.

Spicy meatball pizza. I wish I had gotten just cheese.

I didn't know how spicy it was, so I'm smiling.

Kelly likes spicy, so she didn't mind.

Mike and Jess got just cheese and onion.

Finally, Jessica gets to eat pizza. Until she got hers, we gave her our crusts.

Michael was happy to eat pizza even though the Capitals lost. It has to happen sometimes.

Last Friday, we all went to try Matchbox pizza, which I'd heard was the place to go. Apparently everyone else thought that too, because we waited an hour and a half for a table. Don't worry, they told us how long it would be and we got some drinks and we survived. When we finally sat down, we ordered the 3.6.9.miniburgers. And OH.....MY....GOD. We couldn't have eaten them faster or enjoyed them more. They pile on these wonderful onion straws and even I ate them. I don't even like onions, but these were just pure bliss. All in all, a good start to our eating experience.

Kelly and I split the Spicy Meatball pizza. I asked for them to leave off the crushed red pepper on my half and they said the meatballs weren't that spicy. They were wrong. I don't know why I didn't just stick to what I know, but I was feeling adventurous and I went for it. I can't really even comment on the crust, because I was too focused on how spicy I thought it was. Kelly really liked it, but she'll drink a cup of the hottest hot sauce without stopping and without a drink for 5 minutes on a dare. (She actually did it for a bet and won $75.) Dave and Chris chose the even spicier Smoke and Fire pizza. No thank you. But again, they like spicy and they liked the pizza.

Jenn, Jessica and I each had their pomegranate martini and loved them. It was the best drink I have ever had. It could turn me into a real drinker. We also ordered some desserts. Kelly, Michael and I ordered the trio, which consisted of 3 sorbets (I didn't eat because I don't like frozen things), molten chocolate cake, and cinnamon doughnuts. I love doughnuts always and there is nothing wrong with anything molten or chocolate. We left very satisfied!!

I guess my review is actually lacking as far as the pizza, because I will have to go back and get the cheese ONLY, so I can focus properly. Oh well, I guess I'll have to go back and have those sliders again too. I'll do it for my readers....totally self-lessly!! You're welcome.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pizza Paradiso

Crostino Fromaggio di Capra.mmmmm

Margherita Pizza for Jen and me.

Kelly, Chris and Dave ordered the Atomica, which is spicy.

Kelly, biting into the Atomica.

Chris enjoyed his spicy, but with no olives.

Dave had his own personal Atomica.

Jen and I split the Margherita, but she's still recovering from back surgery-so no photos.

So, Tuesday night, Jen, Dave, Chris, Kelly and I went to Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle, which is its new location. Kelly arrived first and put our name down. They wouldn't put us on the "official" list until all the members of our party had arrived. Ok. I understand to a certain extent, but 3 of us were parking, so is it that big of a deal? When Jen, Dave and I got there, Dave went to tell the hostess that we were there and she literally came out to count our party. She smugly told us to let her know when the last member of our party arrived. ughhhh. She obviously hasn't dealt with my very hungry and irritable family. You'd best feed us stat. Chris really was parking, so he was "officially" there soon and we were seated (with a condescending smile) shortly after. Needless to say, it wasn't a great start to our night.

However, we were starved, so we vowed to clear our heads and focus on the task at hand......ordering. We started with the Crostino Fromaggio di Capra, which is like a bruschetta with goat cheese and prosciutto. It was good, but we had asked if it was enough for us and they said yes, and it really wasn't. Again, it was clear how little they knew us. I, of course, ordered the Margherita pizza to split with Jennifer. Kelly and Chris split the Atomica, which is tomato, salami, black olives (on half), hot pepper flakes, and mozzarella. Dave had the same in a personal size.

We were served quickly, which was a plus. I was surprised to see that the fresh mozzarella covered the entire pizza instead of just in the circles that it's cut into. I'm a cheese person, so this made me happy. There wasn't really a sauce, just cut up tomatoes, which was tasty. They left the basil leaves whole, which kind of bothers me as far as texture, but not taste. Kelly really enjoyed the crust of hers and started using it to sop up olive oil and parmesan cheese. I followed suit quickly and it was yummy. However, I believe that crust should be able to stand on it's own and not need to be used as a vessel for the olive oil and cheese.

The crust is on the thicker side and is bread-ier instead of doughy and crispy. As I said, we ate it with the olive oil and enjoyed it, but as a crust, I've had better. I would have liked it to be a bit saltier. I mean, listen, we polished off our plates and enjoyed our pizza. But if it came down to going back, I'd be more likely to try somewhere else with a friendlier hostess experience at least.

Oh- and sorry about the photos. My camera died and I had to use my phone! Next time I'll be better prepared!