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2029 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

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

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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Peter Pastan's relaxed townhouse dining room.

From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants

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.