1112 F St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Salads, including one with shaved radicchio, poached pears, and a square of Gorgonzola or soft buffalo mozzarella with a mosaic of beets; carrot pappardelle sauced with rabbit ragu; ravioli concealing veal, prosciutto, and mortadella in a rich wine reduct
Lunch appetizers, $7 to $12; entrees, $14 to $23. Three-course prix fixe menu, $30. Dinner appetizers, $9 to $16; entrees, $24 to $38. Three-course pre-theater menu (available from 5:30 to 7 PM), $35. Tasting menus, $65 to $95.
The high-end boardroom decor and hefty price tags signal an expense-account spot, but the house-made pastas and hearty ragus infuse the place with some soul. And while servers may come off as stuffy in their white jackets and burgundy ties, this is a place where you can settle in and take your time savoring what's in front of you. Some dishes, such as the hamachi crudo or the pork tenderloin with white beans and a wine reduction, can somehow feel both fussy and one-dimensional; stick with humbler fare such as soups, pastas, and grilled meats.
What to get: Beef tartare; carrot-and-leek soup with basil raviolini; fettuccine with baby-goat-and-sunchoke ragu; lobster risotto; grilled rack of veal; apple cake with chestnut mousse; squash-and-quince strudel with cinnamon ice milk; vanilla-spiked Vin Santo panna cotta.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Very expensive.