Sergio's Ristorante
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
Sergio's Ristorante
Address: 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-585-1040
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Friday 5 to 9:15, Saturday 5 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes House-made ravioli, Rollata della Nonna.

September 2004

Sergio's Ristorante (moderate). The unexpected is what makes life sing. And finding a restaurant like Sergio's on the ground floor of the Hilton is worth an oratorio. Part of what makes the place fun is owner Sergio Toni, a Roman who quips and charms his way through the dining room decorated with architectural drawings and a wall mural. The kitchen holds up its end with authentic Roman and regional Italian dishes.

Eat as you might in Rome and start by sharing a pasta or two--ask for it al dente. Toni makes much of it himself: noodles with a ragoût of meat, red wine, and tomatoes, or done up with shrimp, clams, garlic, and mushrooms. Rollata della Nonna is an extravagant pasta roll-up filled with ground pork and veal in a sauce of cream and mushrooms. House-made ravioli is worth considering, too--a recent special of duck-filled squares on a sea of red pepper sauce were smashing. Pork is given a star turn in a Gorgonzola-stuffed chop and in a tenderloin with a white-wine cream-and-mushroom sauce. Veal dishes are for the most part deftly done, as are house-made tiramisu and crème caramel. The wine list is short, and by-the-glass choices are limited, but then, when was the last time you had at least a few bottles for less than $25 to choose from?

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