Serving a Side of Neighborliness Pizza D’Oro

Abdelilah Souada owns Pizza D’Oro in Shaw and Petworth. Photo by Alexander M. Padro, Courtesy Shaw Main Streets.

Seeking a slice after a late show at the nearby 9:30 Club or a fresh seafood platter? Pizza D’Oro awaits.

Pizza D’Oro, 717 T St. NW, serves its authentic pizza, seafood and snacks with a side of neighborliness. “We know most of our customers personally by now because they come over all the time,” Owner Abdelilah Souada observed. “They come in, we know what they like, sometimes they don’t even have to order, we just know what they want.”

Souada’s path to the kitchen was not straight. While studying computer programming in Geneva, Switzerland, he worked in a restaurant to pay the bills. Working under the tutelage of the restaurant’s Italian chef piqued his interest in the culinary arts. In 2005, Souada moved to DC in pursuit of his love of cooking. In 2011, he opened his cozy neighborhood pizzeria, employing recipes and techniques learned in Geneva. Pizza D’Oro’s expansive menu is a diverse combination of authentic Italian dishes and American fare. It ranges from authentic pizza, pasta, calzones, veal and meatballs to wings, subs, salads, French fries, garlic bread, onion rings and desserts.

The variety provides something for everyone. It is a perfect spot for late-night munchies. The kitchen also caters to virtually any dietary restriction or preference. Local sourcing and fresh ingredients are pillars of the Pizza D’Oro menu. Diners can enjoy Maryland crabcakes and house made pasta sauces.

There are also sister locations in Petworth at 3618 14th St. NW and in Mount Rainier, MD. For more information about Pizza D’Oro, visit

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