Ristorante 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.


THE SCENE. In a part of downtown that's dotted with law firms, this accomplished Italian restaurant evinces an astute knowledge of its target audience--the well-spaced tables encourage private conversations, and a tasteful beige color scheme doesn't distract from the real business at hand: deal making.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. At the bar, a glass of wine and half-price portions of chef Cesare Lanfranconi's terrific pastas make for one of the city's most attractive dining deals; the $25 fixed-price menu at lunch is also a bargain.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The attitude of some servers--a suave indifference that can seem aggressive, even hostile. Main courses seldom rise to the level of the pastas.

BEST DISHES. The signature ravioli filled with aged ricotta and raisins; veal and prosciutto ravioli; agnolotti filled with braised duck and currants, served with foie gras sauce; a succulent lamb shank with buckwheat polenta; perfectly textured and intensely flavored granitas, including almond and watermelon.
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