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
Why go: You might be greeted by a lineup of freshly fired Neapolitan-style pizzas at this clanging, kid-crazy Cleveland Park dining room, but it’s the blackboard specials, masterful Italian small plates, and desserts that deserve the spotlight.
What to get: Deviled eggs with a green sauce; prosciutto-filled potato croquettes; Sicilian-style salad of blood oranges, tiny olives, and red onions; eggplant Parmesan, a special; salty Vongole pizza with cockles and chilies; piquant Norcia pizza with salami and grana padano cheese; house-made ice creams in flavors such as caramel and vanilla; cannoli; fresh goat cheese with fig jam.
Best for: Sharing small plates at the bar or on the patio; early dinners with the little ones; late-night meals after the kiddie crowd thins out.
Insider tip: There’s not much of a separate brunch menu, but the warm, sugar-rolled doughnuts served weekend mornings are alone reason to come.
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