The Monday-night soft opening that owner Payam Yazdani planned for Pizza No. 17 turned into a very busy night. Yazdani estimated that by 10:30 pm almost 120 people had been through the doors at 1523 17th Street NW. Not bad when you consider that the indoor area seats 23 and the outdoor seating was not open.
Yazdani closed his former place, Pasha Bistro, on January 31 to make way for his new restaurant in the space.
With a wood-fired pizza oven, the Pizza No. 17 menu includes nine different 8-inch pizzas ($8.50 to $12.50), two paninis and two salads. Beverages include 10 different beers ($5 to $6), and 12 wines, six red and six white.
Yazdani is offering carryout, but is not planning to offer delivery service. The patio area on 17th Street (with canopy) has an additional 30 seats. While the website for Pizza No. 17 is not up yet, you can check out the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Yazdani and his father, “Mr. Eddie,” are also the owners of Java House on Q Street just off 17th Street NW.
Further up 17th Street, Steam Cafe (northwest corner at R) added pizza to its menu last year, and Dupont Italian Kitchen also serves pizza.