Food

Cheap Eats 2010: 2 Amys

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: You might be greeted by a lineup of freshly fired Neapolitan-style pizzas at this clanging, kid-crazy Cleveland Park dining room, but it’s the blackboard specials, masterful Italian small plates, and desserts that deserve the spotlight.

What to get: Deviled eggs with a green sauce; prosciutto-filled potato croquettes; Sicilian-style salad of blood oranges, tiny olives, and red onions; eggplant Parmesan, a special; salty Vongole pizza with cockles and chilies; piquant Norcia pizza with salami and grana padano cheese; house-made ice creams in flavors such as caramel and vanilla; cannoli; fresh goat cheese with fig jam.

Best for: Sharing small plates at the bar or on the patio; early dinners with the little ones; late-night meals after the kiddie crowd thins out.

Insider tip: There’s not much of a separate brunch menu, but the warm, sugar-rolled doughnuts served weekend mornings are alone reason to come.

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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.