After over thirty years near the intersection of M and Wisconsin, Pizzeria Uno (or Uno Chicago Grill as it’s called these days) has closed.
The restaurant has long since become the near exclusive domain of tourists. So much so that for the most part, GM forgot it was even there. It’s surprising, therefore, to read through the Washington Post archives back in the 1980s when Uno’s first came to Georgetown. Would Tom Sietsema even bother to review Uno’s these days? But back in 1985 he wrote “Georgetown’s Pizzeria Uno is a yup-to-the minute maze made cozy with brick walls and wood trim, brass railings and ferns, staffed by a likable, if amateur, crew of mostly student-waiters…Pizzeria Uno has a lot to offer: a location in the heart of Georgetown, filling food at modest prices and a lively spirit-just what you’d want from a pizzeria.”
The restaurant’s closing now places a fairly large vacant space square in the middle of the commercial corridor. It has a lot of potential, and GM hopes the next tenant can live up to it. It also brings to mind another great space right in the center of Georgetown that until recently sold Italian food: Pappa Razzi. Hopefully neither will remain vacant for very long.