3251 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Open Sunday through Wednesday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Thursday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 1:30 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Fried shrimp; vitello tonnato; white asparagus flan; strozzapreti with salt cod, olives, capers, and tomato; Orechiette Kiton; pasta with shaved truffles; grilled veal chop; veal chop Milanese; roasted veal with mushroom risotto; margherita pizza.
Lunch appetizers, $11 to $16; entrees, $14 to $26. Dinner appetizers, $11 to $18; entrees, $15 to $55.
The first and most ambitious of Franco Nuschese’s restaurants is all about celeb-spotting and buzz—it’s also a tough reservation on weekends and sometimes even during the week. On a summer afternoon, the patio is an appealing hideaway for dining on luxe plates such as vitello tonnato with capers from Pantelleria or veal chop Milanese with arugula-and-tomato salad. In winter, pasta with shaved truffles is an option, albeit a pricey one. And you can always go bargain basement with the Margherita pizza.