DeCarlo's Restaurant
This quiet neighborhood bistro offers lots of Italian standards.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 12, 2006
DeCarlo's Restaurant
Address: 4822 Yuma St. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-363-4220
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10, and Sunday 5:30 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Grilled sausage with peppers; mussels with garlic and tomato sauce; pasta-and-bean soup; penne with sausage; linguine with clams; trenette carbonara; veal marsala; osso buco, grilled squid with butter and white wine sauce.

From November 2004

Hidden behind the Spring Valley Shopping Center on Yuma Street, DeCarlo's is a neighborhood secret. It's the kind of Italian restaurant you don't find much any more--professionally run with white tablecloths, seasoned waiters, and a menu devoted to the greatest hits of Italian cooking. You can start with grilled sausage and peppers, mussels with garlic and tomato sauce, or pasta-and-bean soup.

Pasta courses include penne with sausage, linguine with clams, and trenette carbonara, each superbly done. For a main course, tuck into a beautifully cooked veal marsala, tender braised osso buco, or flavorful grilled squid with butter and white-wine sauce. WAMU talk-show host Diane Rehm, who lives in the neighborhood, says it's one of her favorite restaurants. It may become one of yours, too.
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