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Upper Northwest Restaurants

Eateries in this largely residential neighborhood favor family-friendly atmosphere.

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Neapolitan pizza and wine bar that cooks pies according to Italian D.O.C law.

Napoli meets DC at this pizza restaurant and wine bar, where die-hard Italian lovers seek sfogliatelle, an Italian pastry dessert filled with sweetened ricotta and semolina made only on some Fridays and Saturdays. Call ahead to ensure it's there, and order early to snag your share of flaky goodness. Families love this casual, black-and-white-tiled eatery known for personal pizzas that take three minutes to prepare in a 700-degree wood-fired oven. In quintessential Italian fashion, 2Amys also sells homemade limoncello, strawberry rhubarb cordial and herbal digestivo. And as a member of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, 2Amys follows tradition (and Italian law), like using only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt in pizza dough. That makes for very buono slices o' pie. Order the classics: margherita pizza (tomato, mozzarella and basil) with a $6.50 glass of Gragnan, a fizzy red Neapolitan “pizza” wine.

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This casual, counter-service eatery is a little bit of San Diego in DC with free, easy parking.

Attention west coasters: this place is a little bit of San Diego in DC. Opt for a Tex-Mex brunch at the casual, counter-service Glover Park restaurant, which makes a killer breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, spinach, cheddar, portobello and roasted potatoes) and poached eggs (on a toasted corn tortilla, with pork carnitas, spinach and ancho chili hollandaise). The wooden, partially-covered roof deck is a relaxing place to enjoy a dinnertime beer and burrito combo during the summer. But on weekends and Wednesdays, when margarita pitchers are half price, Surfside becomes a pre-party spot for 20-somethings. Take advantage of free parking, which is at a premium in this 'hood, in the rear of the eatery.

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On Wednesday nights, polka musicians take over the traditional Bavarian bistro.

If being greeted by a dirndl-clad waitress doesn't instantly transport you to Bavaria when you walk into this 80-seat eatery, then maybe the collection of extra large beer steins on the wall will. Wiener schnitzel – a prime veal steak breaded and sauteed with vegetables and potatoes – is the most popular dish, but pair it with a little-known premium German brew, like Lammbrau Pilsner & Dunkel, that you will likely only find here. But don't worry: original glassware for many obscure beer brands is available for sale so you'll remember it. The busiest time of year is Oktoberfest, when Old Europe runs food specials, but live entertainment is available year-round. On Wednesday nights, polka musicians take over with accordions, and on Saturday, a pianist plays soothing tunes in the usually quiet, cozy and dimly lit German institution.