5471 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
Why go: Euro-chic style and grandmotherly food crisscross at this lofty address with a well-tuned lineup of pastas, pizzas, panini, and salads and a backdrop of mosaic walls and stark white tables and chairs.
What to get: An airy fritto misto of calamari and zucchini; thin-crusted pizzas such as the Margherita (the new chef is from Naples, and the cafe has upgraded its pizza oven); penne Bolognese; silky panna cotta.
Best for: A bite before or after a movie or shopping; a gal-pal lunch; a great cup of Lavazza coffee.
Insider tip: The revamped menu includes a section of pricier entrées, but plenty of gently priced options remain. Check mcafebar.com for coupons—a recent one offered 20 percent off a meal Monday through Friday from 5 to 7.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.