Peter Pastan's relaxed townhouse dining room.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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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
Dress: Upscale Casual
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.

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THE SCENE. This narrow dining room in a Dupont Circle townhouse might no longer be the subtly subversive place it was when it opened 18 years ago--insisting that fine dining could also be casual dining and making it safe for people to wear jeans out to dinner. But there's still a lot to be said for owner Peter Pastan's purist interpretation of Italian cooking, which relies almost exclusively on the simple goodness of first-rate ingredients.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. This is the kind of small, personal restaurant that most food lovers have dreamed of opening. Peter Pastan and his chef, Jerry Corso, actually have the skill to make it work.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Though there's more room to spread out, thanks to a recent refurbishing that jettisoned some tables, the atmosphere still can be claustrophobic and noisy when the restaurant is full--which it almost always is.

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