Al Tiramisu
This quiet Italian dining room has lots of regulars.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006
Al Tiramisu
Address: 2014 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-467-4466
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday noon to 2 and 5 to 10, and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fish of the day; grilled sardines; veal chop; tuna with onions, raisins, and pinenuts; mixed berry panna cotta.

May 2002

This low-ceilinged Italian restaurant has the feeling of a place where regulars fill the dining room almost every evening and make their selections with little reference to the menu. The waiter makes that easy. He brings out a tray with a display of the fresh fish of the day--on a recent visit red snapper, Mediterranean sea bass, Dover sole, fresh sardines, and prawns--and recites a list of specials that's generally more interesting than the menu offerings.

The simply grilled sardines were a wonderful first course, overshadowing a perfectly adequate risotto with wild mushrooms. The veal-chop main course was similarly delicious, even better than the very good tuna on a bed of onions, raisins, and pine nuts seasoned with balsamic vinegar.

Desserts included a terrific mixed-berry panna cotta. Listen to your waiter, but ask the prices of the specials--otherwise there might be a surprise when the check arrives.

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