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Spotlight: Pizzeria Paradiso’s Women’s Day Fundraiser

A local pizza chain creates a special pies to honor congresswomen

Pizzeria Paradiso — Photo: Reema Desai

All five Pizzeria Paradiso locations are honoring International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, by donating 100% of the day’s sales of a special Virginia-themed pizza to She Should Run, a nonprofit promoting female leadership and encouraging women to run for office.

The fundraiser comes as part of the critically acclaimed, woman-owned local restaurant chain’s current promotion “United States of Pizza: Women’s Slice of the Pie,” a rotating weekly menu of state-themed pies honoring and highlighting elected female officials per state. The benefit pie for the southern commonwealth honors Congresswomen Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, and Jennifer Wexton, with a heap of toppings including Virginia country ham, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, creamed corn, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and onions.

The promotion will continue throughout the month with pies honoring female politicos representing the states of Connecticut (a minimalist New Haven-style pizza of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and oregano) and Texas (a wild Chile Pizza featuring beef cooked in chile sauce, orange cheddar cheese, scallions, cilantro, and avocado). As an aside, it’s worth mentioning that Pizzeria Paradiso’s owner Ruth Gresser has been honored by the national restaurant industry’s leading arbiter, the James Beard Foundation, which announced last week that she is a semi-finalist as Outstanding Restaurateur for the 2019 James Beard Awards.

Pizzeria Paradiso locations are in Dupont Circle (2003 P St. NW), Georgetown (3282 M St. NW), Spring Valley (4850 Massachusetts Ave. NW), Old Town Alexandria (124 King St.), and Hyattsville (4800 Rhode Island Ave.). Visit and @eatyourpizza on social media for more details about the promotion and each week’s menu.

Pizza Paradiso: Ruth-Gresser — Photo: Moshe Zusman

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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