Georgetown’s Papa Razzi closed on Monday, according to the Georgetown Dish. The Italian chain previously on Wisconsin Ave. has ten other locations in the Northeast. According to the Dish, employees were on the sidewalk in front of the entrance on Monday afternoon and signs flanked the windows thanking customers for “all the wonderful years.”
If this closure leaves you devastated, fear not. There are several other Italian restaurants in the Georgetown area. On the pricier side (for when the ‘rents are in town) is Paolo’s, Filomena, and Cafe Milano. Then there is also Il Canale, Ristorante Piccolo, Paper Moon, Fino Ristorante Italiano, Zio’s, Tony & Luigi’s, Mario & Luigi’s, Donatello & Raphael’s, and the esteemed Il Ristorante Michaelangelo.
And how could I forget? Domino’s Pizza and Tuscany Cafe, which, according to their website, features “custom create-your-owns…delicious wraps, lavash rolls, sandwiches, salads and appetizers that are sure to please.” The description boasts quite the gastronomic experience: “we know you’ll be blown away by the taste of all we deliver.” Assuming you’re not already blown away for other reasons.
The Dish speculates that the formerly Papa Razzi-owned space was sold, but no confirmation is available for this rumor. Updates will come as we find out what the future holds for this vacant space.
Vox‘s recommendation: shuffle over to Pizza Paradiso and mourn our loss with one of their excellent beer selections. Happy hour starts around 5 p.m.
Photo by Georgetown Dish’s Judith Beermann
Note: Vox thought it would be nice to include some other Georgetown Italian options that were not necessarily in the district for all our extensive Texan readership