3715 Macomb St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Pizza, Italian
Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Romanesco cauliflower;sardines; eggplant Parmesan; Vongole pizza; Margherita pizza
Chef Peter Pastan’s casual neighborhood gem, with its line out the door, built its reputation on its D.O.C.–accredited Neapolitan-style pizza. And the blistered rounds that emerge from the wood-burning oven—topped with cockles and grana padano, say, or house-made pork sausage with caramelized onions—are still some of the area’s best.
But lately it’s the menu of small, enoteca-inspired plates we keep going back to: tender house-made porchetta paired with bitter marmalade; cured sardines with pickled onions and cumin seeds; crunchy toasts slathered with fava-bean spread and shavings of pecorino.
Yes, there’s a hassle factor—there’s never enough room to stand around during the inevitable 45-minute wait, and the scene is loud and chaotic. While a new upstairs space, slated to open this summer, promises to add 30 seats, we’re guessing that line will still be there.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, Monday for dinner.