Sette Osteria
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
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Sette Osteria
Address: 1666 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-483-3070
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 11 (pizza served until midnight), Friday 11:30 AM to midnight (pizza served until 1 AM), Saturday 10 AM to midnight (pizza served until 1 AM), Sunday 10 AM to 11 PM (pizza served until midnight).
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Margherita pizza; salumi; cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe; roasted veal; grilled rib eye; daily fish selection.
Price Details: Starters, $7 to $12; pizzas, $10 to $14; main courses, $11 to $19.

June 2005

This elegant osteria near Dupont Circle combines the style-consciousness of modern Italy with the solid comfort of traditional Neapolitan cooking. Owner Franco Nuschese seems to have a talent for attracting beautiful people--the more affluent set is at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, and the younger, hipper crowd is at Sette. A look around the tables might lead you to believe you've stepped into Emporio Armani.

The center of this menu is pizza. The classics, Margherita and Quattro Formaggi, are very good, but some more modern improvisations are worthwhile, too, particularly the one that combines broccoli rabe, pork sausage, and chilies from Calabria.

Splitting a pizza is one way to start a meal here. Or you can order from the appealing list of antipasti: sautéed mussels and clams, fried calamari, or a selection of Italian cured meats served with bread and olives. Pastas, from recipes by chef Domenico Cornacchia of Cafe Milano, are well done. Good main-course picks include roasted veal, a grilled rib-eye steak, and the daily fish selection. The wine list has a number of wines by the glass and some well-priced bottles from lesser-known regions of Italy.

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