Paper Moon

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

The decor at Paper Moon somehow manages to incorporate just about every notion of Italian design: wall-mounted fountains, terra-cotta friezes, tiled floors, potted palms and touches of tapestry and red velvet to top it all off.

Like so many of Georgetown's restaurants, this is a popular destination for office workers out for a lunchtime celebration. At dinner expect to find a mix of locals, business execs from out of town and tourists. Regulars praise the pizza, made in a wood-burning oven. Other notable dishes include veal prepared in a variety of ways and the pastas.

Take advantage of the weekday early bird special, when all checks are reduced by 15 percent between 4 and 7 in the evening. While this isn't the place to go to celebrate a special occasion, it's a perfectly good choice for pizza with a crowd of friends. Stick to the basics here, and you'll do just fine.

-- Kathleen Stanley