100 Best Restaurants 2009: Tosca
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Ristorante Tosca
Address: 1112 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-367-1990
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Salads, including one with shaved radicchio, poached pears, and a square of Gorgonzola or soft buffalo mozzarella with a mosaic of beets; carrot pappardelle sauced with rabbit ragu; ravioli concealing veal, prosciutto, and mortadella in a rich wine reduct
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $12; entrees, $14 to $23. Three-course prix fixe menu, $30. Dinner appetizers, $9 to $16; entrees, $24 to $38. Three-course pre-theater menu (available from 5:30 to 7 PM), $35. Tasting menus, $65 to $95.

No. 23: Tosca

Cuisine: Ethereal hand-rolled pastas, often imaginatively sauced, and robust but elegant interpretations of Northern Italian cooking. The rotation of dishes rarely changes—but it also rarely misses the mark.

Mood: The dining room is dated and austere, as dull as the cooking is engaging, and the servers look as though they’ve been stuffed into their jackets. It’s a fitting setting for a place where lawyers flock and the talk is of billable hours and stalled negotiations.

Best for: A client lunch.

Best dishes: Roasted scallops with chestnut purée and black-truffle sauce, the epitome of earthy elegance; ravioli filled with chestnut and ricotta; ravioli stuffed with veal, prosciutto, and pistachio mortadella in a red-wine reduction; carrot pappardelle with rabbit ragu.

Insider tips: At the bar you can fashion a fine, affordable meal of half-price, half-size portions of pasta, and the wine list is long on earthy Italian reds.

Service: **½ (two and a half stars).

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

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