Best of Cuisine

DC's Best for Neighborhood Italian

It's just like Grandma's cooking at these DC neighborhood Italian restaurants.

Osteria Morini

ItalianNavy Yard
The “beautiful” view from the patio and window tables of this Navy Yard Italian from famed NYC chef Michael White is matched by a “superb” menu featuring dishes like Parmesan gelato crostini, uni bucatini and “extraordinary” wood-roasted meats; its “eye-popping” desserts cap a “pricey” meal that hits it out of the nearby ballpark, leading fans to say this “wonderful experience” is “worth a trip even outside baseball season.”

2 Amys

PizzaCathedral Heights
Cathedral Heights’ “must-stop for pizzaholics” features “yeasty, chewy” Neapolitan pies served in “bright”, “bustling” quarters “best experienced during off-peak hours”; what’s more, its “cheesy” risotto balls and “superb” antipasti keep many Italian food lovers “focused on the small plates” and the “reasonably priced” wines and craft beers; P.S. grown-ups head for the “nice bar” in back.

Lupo Verde

Italian14th Street Corridor
A “nice addition to the 14th Street scene”, this “tasty” Italian offers “well-sauced” pastas and a “fine selection” of charcuterie – “everything from small plates to big platters” – in a rustic, bi-level setting; “expert” servers distract from the “cramped” communal tables at this “can’t-miss” experience.

Al Dente Italian Restaurant D.C.

ItalianCathedral Heights
Regulars tout chef Roberto Donna’s “hearty” regional Italian cooking “without the Downtown price tag” at this “upbeat”, “industrial-style” spot in Cathedral Heights; too bad about the “amateur” service, “loud” acoustics and lack of ambiance, although ‘Roberto’s 8’ – an extravagant, multicourse meal at the bar – works for a “special occasion.”


ItalianDupont Circle
An “excellent variety” of “rich Italian cuisine” and a “really classy” Sunday brunch please regulars at this “great old place” in Dupont Circle set in a “charming”, “cozy” Victorian row house; the “attentive service” and “half-price wine nights” are also a hit at this “perfect spot for a romantic dinner.”


NewItalianVan Ness
Pasta artisans (sfoglina in Italian) roll their dough in the window of chef Fabio Trabocchi’s sophisticated Italian trattoria in Van Ness, whetting appetites for the toque’s seasonal noodle dishes, served with creative antipasti and hearty mains. The Italian villa setting makes for a warm welcome, with sofalike seating, patterned china, chandeliers and a dining bar facing the open kitchen.
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