The vibe at JoJo was very chill and the atmosphere was cool and laid back. It was just what my girls and I needed to end the long work week. The strawberry margaritas ordered at my table were reportedly *very* strong, but enjoyed by all. The calamari appetizer was nothing extraordinary, but served its purpose; the buffalo wings were served hot and fresh! The downstairs portion of the restaurant is pretty tight and definitely not for the claustrophobic. Because it is small, be prepared for the live jazz band to dominate your ear drums…you WILL have to yell at the people you’re dining with in order to carry on a conversation. I could tell there were a lot of regulars at the bar and a few small groups that felt right at home. Overall, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and having a good time. And that included my party…until we ordered our entrees that NEVER came! We placed our order and waited approximately 30 minutes without so much as an acknowledgment from the server. Since it was a Friday night, the restaurant was full, and one of my friends ordered a steak cooked medium well, we gave them the benefit of the doubt and patiently awaited the arrival of our food. After many minutes passed with no sign of our food, we flagged the server down to inquire about the status of our order. She assured us that it was coming out shortly. But after we insisted that she check on it, she learned that the printer in the kitchen had jammed. Even though she put our order in, the kitchen had no record of it and hadn’t even STARTED preparing it after 30 minutes of waiting. This was very disappointing since one of my friends had to leave for another engagement and didn’t have time to wait even longer for the kitchen to prepare her meal. My other friend and I decided to wait it out since we were already there, starving, and didn’t have enough energy to walk to another place and start the process all over again. So we RE-placed our order and waited even longer for it to come out. I wish I could say that it was worth the wait, but it wasn’t. The crab cakes looked like meatballs and taste like salmon cakes. There was a lot of breading, but no crab in sight. The Mahi Mahi was also a little underwhelming, tasting more like catfish than any Mahi Mahi I’d ever had before. The evening started out good, but unfortunately, the latter part of the evening overshadowed what otherwise would have been a great dining experience. We were offered free dessert for our trouble, but that did no good to my friend who had to leave before she even got her entrée. Bottom line: Go for the jazz and the atmosphere, not for the food or the service. And MAKE SURE that you have your server double-check that the order was received by the kitchen. Had we not made her check on our order, we could have been sitting there all night.
Paper Moon definitely did not disappointed me. Prices were reasonable, wine was very good, server was knowledgeable, discreet, helpful and polite, and the food was absolutely wonderful. Having been to Italy twice and looking forward to a third time we're always skeptical when a restaurant advertises as authentic Italian but it was apparent from the beginning the Chef takes his Italian food very seriously. I had the $8 calamari for an appetizer which was heaped up on a plate and mixed in with fresh peeled tomatoes, olives, and I believe red pepper, a presentation I had not had before (it usually comes with some sort of icky sticky sauce) and it was wonderful, perfectly tender yet light and fresh tasting. wife had the salmon carpaccio which was recommended by the manager which too was excellent. For dinner I had the lobster ravioli which was al dente as pasta should be, rich yet not heavy. But the wife hit the jackpot with the Osso bucco . It was just flat out delicious.
My spouse and I took the kids for dinner to Paper Moon. We were very pleased. The host checked our reservation and took us straight to a nice quite table fit for our young kids. The dishes suggested by the waiter (Ben) such as, my Lobster Fra Diavlo was delicious, I had no problem with my kids as they were able to order from a variety of pasta they have on their menu. Even my husband, who is difficult to satisfy, enjoyed the fish entree suggested by our waiter, as a seafood choice. Overall, the greeting, atmosphere and treatment, and the price considering it was dinner time, exceeded our expectation. If you are to go out for an Italian romantic or family dinner, do not miss some of the best of Washington DC restaurant such as Paper Moon.
I ordered the arugula salad which was supposed to come with dried cranberries which didn't, but the waitress was quick to apologize and informed me that they were out. I' m a bit picky, i chose the arugula salad because of the cranberries so the waitress changed the appetizer for me with no problems what so ever. I ended up getting their salmon Carpacio which I really enjoyed and thought it's a better choice to have some protein added up!! My friend started with the mushroom caps, unbelievably delicious!, it's basically jumbo Portobello mushrooms stuffed with perfectly seasoned crab meat, so good! While we were done with the appetizers, our entrees arrived right away.
In my opinion, Papermoon has the best Italian food in all of DC! The food is real, authentic, and delicious Italian cuisine. The service is always great and welcoming. I always start off the Insalata Di Endivia, a Belgian endive salad with toasted walnuts and gorgonzola chesse in a raspberry dressing. If I'm extra hungry, I'll order the mushroom caps or fried calamari as an appetizer. For the main course, I usually always order one of their exquisite veal dishes. The veal sorrento, veal with mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes in a brandy cream sauce, is absolutely to die for
The best pizza I have ever eaten. I love pizza in general but this is the best. We ordered two pizzas and both were delicious. I have had 2 vacations to Washington, DC and each time our family stopped to eat at Pizzoli's Pizzeria. You can enjoy amazing pizzas, pastas, stromboli, subs, salads, appetizers, and desserts. They have wonderful tastes! I am looking forward to the next trip to Washington, DC to enjoy Pizzoli's again. I am giving the quality of the Pizza 5 stars.