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M Cafe

5471 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

301-986-4818

Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights

Cuisines: Pizza, Italian

Opening Hours:
Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://www.famosorestaurant.com/about-mcafe.htm

Best Dishes:
Veal tonno; lasagna Bolognese; Margherita pizza; mortadella and artichoke panini; lemon meringue tartlets; cannoli; the salad of endive, grapes, radicchio, walnuts, and Gorgonzola; homey farro (spelt barley) soup with cannellini beans; an elegant deconstr

Cheap Eats 2008: M Café and Bar

Why go: Don’t let the vibe of this ultramodern Italian espresso bar, trattoria, and outdoor cafe fool you. The regional Italian fare—salads, panini, pastas, and pizzas—are not far off from what you’d find in a worthwhile village trattoria in Italy.

What to get: The crunchy salad of endive, grapes, radicchio, walnuts, and Gorgonzola; homey farro (spelt barley) soup with cannellini beans; an elegant deconstructed lasagna Bolognese with béchamel; piadina, an Italian flatbread, filled with Parma prosciutto and creamy burrata; the juicy burger with Edam and caramelized onions; turkey club on hand-sliced brioche toast with house-made mayo; the brunch ricotta tartlet with ricotta, asparagus, and eggs sunny side up.

Best for: A business powwow (free wi-fi); lunch with gal pals; cocktails or dinner with the gang at night.

Insider tip: Except for the lemon tart, desserts are not as good as they look. But the Illy coffee is terrific.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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