True flavors of Italy are brought to life at hundreds of Pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the DC Metro area.
Smells of iconic delicious plates of meatballs, pesto, pasta, pizza, risotto, mozzarella, parmesan, tiramisù, and many more, are all around the capital’s corners.
Highlighted below are the places that are owned, founded, or managed by women:
Italian Restaurant * $$$
A seasonal Italian restaurant with frequently rotating dishes and a market operating in CityCenterDC since spring 2015. The restaurant is serving upscale Italian dishes with a large collection of local and Italian wines and cocktails.
Amy Brandwein, Chef and Owner
974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
2. Pizzeria Paradiso
Pizzeria * Bar * $-$$
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Operating in DC area since November 1991 when Gresser wanted to bring to DC the pizza she could not find there.
From a small pizzeria in Dupont Circle, it has expanded to larger space and more locations in the DMV area.
Ruth Gresser, founder and chef
Spring Valley – 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Georgetown – 3282 M Street NW
Dupont Circle – 2003 P Street NW
3. i Ricchi
Italian Restaurant * $$$
Awarded as the best Italian restaurant in the world, i Ricchi is serving authentic Tuscan food with interesting twists on classic recipes, wood-burning hearth, and fresh ingredients.
Owner-Chef Christianne Ricchi spent some time in Tuscany and wanted to share the Italian food lifestyle.
Christianne Ricchi’s love story with the Italian kitchen began when she was an art student in Florence, met her husband, and managed the family restaurant for 17 years.
In 1989 they moved back to the US and opened in Dupont Circle, i Ricchi, which became one of the top authentic Italian restaurants in the US.
Christianne Ricchi, owner and chef
1220 19th Street NW
4. Timber Pizza Co
Pizzeria * Sunday Breakfast * $$
Started as a team of two friends who served Neopolitan-ish wood-fired pies at local framer markets, where they met the chef Daniela Moreira, and together, they opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Petworth, DC.
Timber is serving pizzas in red, green, and white, as well as small bites, salads, and desserts.
5. The Red Hen
Italian Restaurant * $$
The Red Hen is an Italian-influenced American restaurant located in the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Serving dinner menu only with a large variety of pastas, antipasti, and Secondi Piatti as well as a large selection of wines.
Krystal Cripe, Chef de Cuisine
1822 First Street NW
Pizzeria * $$
Founded in 2007 by Anastasiya Laufenberg, a native of Naples, Italy, and her husband.
The husband arrived in the US to attend school, and after searching for the taste of the food from home, they decided to open a real Neapolitan pizzeria. They started selling in small carts, which later evolved into a restaurant.