WTOP: After bringing pizza and craft beer to D.C., ‘matriarch of pizza’ plans fast-casual concept

Perhaps the worst part about ordering pizza at a restaurant is the 10 to 20 minute wait between the time you place your order and the time you take that first bite.

But this spring, that torturous delay will no longer be an issue. Veloce, a new fast-casual pizza concept from the founder of Pizzeria Paradiso, promises Neapolitan brick oven pizza in 2 to 3 minutes.

Twenty-five years ago, Neapolitan-style pizza was non-existent in the D.C. area; brick oven pizza was even scarce. But that all changed when Chef Ruth Gresser opened Pizzeria Paradiso on the second floor of a small townhouse in Dupont Circle in 1991. Her pizza quickly caught on, both with critics and customers, and soon after, she opened two additional Paradiso locations and inspired other chefs to follow her lead.