Back in the States, I was surprised to realize how many restaurants—especially Italian ones—fail to follow these rules. After several letdowns, I rarely order pasta in restaurants anymore. But one place where I’ll never pass up the carbs is at downtown DC power spot Tosca, where the fresh, house-made noodles are the stars of the menu. The seven or eight offerings are pricey ($16 to $23 at lunch; $19 to $30 at dinner), but half orders (for half price) are always available at the bar and in the cushy dining room. The portion you’re served is still generous and makes a perfect first course or a light meal on its own.
I’ve turned up other wonderful pasta dishes around the area—Frank Ruta’s gnocchi at Palena in DC’s Cleveland Park is always ethereal, and I had a delicious pappardelle with porcini mushrooms at Crystal City’s Bebo Trattoria—but Tosca should be a destination for any pasta lover.
Where have you had a great pasta in the area? Let us know in the comments section.
Ristorante Tosca, 1112 F St., NW; 202-367-1990; toscadc.com.