Cheap Eats 2009: Da Marco Ristorante Italiano

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: As this low-lit, 17-table dining room proves, few things are more satisfying than a plate of house-made pasta, a simple salad, a fresh-filled cannoli, and the dulcet tones of Dean Martin.

What to get: Pastas marked “fresh homemade,” including fettuccine amatriciana (noodles in a sprightly tomato sauce with bits of bacon and onion) and fettuccine with reconstituted porcini mushrooms and crushed garlic; fried polenta with marinara sauce for dipping; cannoli.

Best for: A pre– or post–AFI Silver Theatre dinner.

Insider tip: On Tuesday, the restaurant becomes a pizza parlor offering 15 thin-crust varieties; we’re partial to the white pizza with potato and rosemary.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.