1100 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Monday through Wednesday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 10:30; Thursday and Friday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 11; Saturday 5:30 to 11
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Chicken-liver mousse on toast; burrata salad; oysters with lemon emulsion; veal meatballs with marinara; black spaghetti with crab; pizza with lardo and a runny egg; braised veal cheeks with polenta, mushrooms, and hazelnuts; squab with peaches; fried ar
Starters $3 to $18, entrées $16 to $34.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Scene: Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Orange walls and spiky metallic globes make the dining room glow at this Italian hot spot. But the kitchen turns out such homey dishes as a fluffy meatball atop creamy polenta and a subtle mound of ricotta splashed with honey, toasted almonds, and chives. Don’t miss Douglas Hernandez’s inspired dessert menu, which has included a beautiful fruit-and-basil soup and a hazelnut-studded semifreddo. Also worthwhile are the digestivi: The house-made after-dinner liqueurs are reasonably priced for sampling, come in such intriguing flavors as fennel-lemon, coffee, and walnut, and are an authentically Italian way to end a meal.
Don’t miss: Chicken-liver crostini; burrata salad; black spaghetti with sweet crab; squab with peaches; side of cauliflower with garlic and anchovies.
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