100 Best Restaurants 2010: Obelisk
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Obelisk
Address: 2029 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-872-1180
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Required
Best Dishes A rich, brothy bowl of guinea-hen raviolini with poached egg; a pork chop marinated in grape must; sorbets and ice creams.
Price Details: Five-course menu, $72.

Cuisine: Simply conceived, carefully executed excursions into regional Italian cooking. The five-course menu, the only option ($70 Tuesday through Thursday, $75 Friday and Saturday), starts with the best part of the meal: a long parade of beautiful snacks for the table, such as burrata cheese with olive oil, miniature meatballs, and oozy risotto fritters.

Mood: Owner Peter Pastan is perhaps best known for his chaotic and crammed pizzeria, 2 Amys. Here, at the restaurant he opened 22 years ago, the vibe couldn’t be more different. Set in a Dupont Circle brownstone, the tiny dining room feels intimate and urbane.

Best for: A leisurely date or dinner with friends.

Best dishes: Recent standouts on the ever-changing roster have included a rich, brothy bowl of guinea-hen raviolini with poached egg; a pork chop marinated in grape must; and sorbets and ice creams.

Insider tips: Be careful not to stuff yourself on the antipasti—portions for the remaining courses tend to be large.

Service: •••

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Very expensive.

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