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The U.S. House of Representatives will hold the first hearing on D.C. statehood in 26 years on Thursday, Sept. 19. That’s why you’re seeing flags with 51 stars waving in select locations around the city. Restaurants are also feeling hopeful that the District may eventually gain better representation in Congress.

Starting Thursday, you can devour a speciality pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso topped with chili, half-smokes, yellow cheddar, red onion, and a yellow mustard drizzle made with DC Brau Public Ale. The restaurant will utilize Meats & Foods‘ half-smoke made with half pork, half beef, and just the right amount of heat.

Half-smokes may be D.C.’s most iconic food, at least according to WAMU’s new Dish City podcast. But few outside of Washington City Paper have attempted to marry half-smokes and pizza. Have you ever tried a heartburn-inducing “U Street Taco,” which calls for wrapping a Jumbo Slice around a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke? 

Pizzeria Paradiso aims to perfect the combination. The specialty pie ($15 for the nine-inch and $21 for the 12-inch) is part of the local restaurant group’s ongoing United States of Pizza promotion. All five locations have been serving pies inspired by states with women in power, regardless of political party, since the beginning of the year.

A percentage of proceeds from all statehood pizzas sold over the course of the next week will benefit DC Vote. Try it from Sept. 19 through Sept. 26.

Pizzeria Paradiso, multiple locations, eatyourpizza.com

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