Washington Post: A pizza pioneer jumps into the fast-casual game. But can she stand out?

Ruth Gresser moves at a deliberate pace.

“Obviously, I do things slowly,” said the owner of Pizzeria Paradiso. “It’s been 23 years, and I only have three restaurants.”

“Only” three might sound strange, except in this day and age, restaurateurs are prone to much quicker empire-building. But Gresser is about to pick up the pace: Her newest venture — seven years in the making — centers on the premise of speed.

When it opens Monday at 1828 L St. NW, Veloce (Italian for “fast”) will aim to fill your pizza order in three to five minutes. Pies will cook in two minutes. Diners will be able to customize a pizza or choose one of the restaurant’s signature combinations.