2014 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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
Noise Level: Intimate
Fish of the day; grilled sardines; veal chop; tuna with onions, raisins, and pinenuts; mixed berry panna cotta.
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available
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.