1909 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30; open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday dinner 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Smoked branzino; butter-roasted baby octopus; mozzarella and candied tomatoes with balsamic gelatin cubes; lobster cavatelli with mushroom-studded cream sauce; gnocchi with lamb ragu and pecorino fondue; risotto with lobster; rib eye with sweetbreads and
Starters $10 to $13, Pasta dishes $10 to $12, Entrees $20 to $34
Step through the velvet curtains into one of K Street's scene-iest lunch spots.
From January 2005 100 Very Best Restaurants
K Street lawyers and other office workers fill every seat at the bar of this lively Italian restaurant by shortly after noon, drawn by chef Fabrizio Aielli's bargain-priced bar lunch. For $12.50, customers get a heaping bowl of rigatoni alla matriciana, an Italian-style hamburger with fried eggplant and a fried egg, or one of half a dozen other Italian favorites, plus a glass of wine.
But there's much more to Aielli's cooking than a bargain lunch. Born in Venice, he is skilled with the seafood and rice dishes at which Venetians excel. His Grand Fritto Misto, a platter heaped with crisply fried oysters, scallops, shrimp, calamari, and thin slices of zucchini, is very good. The menu each day lists half a dozen varieties of fish, served with soft polenta, and another half-dozen risotti.