100 Very Best Restaurants: #17 – Caruso’s Grocery

Tuck into some carbs at Caruso's Grocery. Photograph by Stacey Windsor.

About Caruso’s Grocery

914 14th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
11820 Trade St
Rockville, MD 20852

This snug Capitol Hill dining room and its newer Pike & Rose sibling feel like a throwback to the ’90s, when penne alla vodka and dirty martinis reigned supreme. Take that martini, here garnished with a toothpick of mozzarella and olive: It’s a mere 12 bucks! And Matt Adler’s Italian American menu is as filled with hits as a Taylor Swift release. We crowd our table with the best-in-class Caesar salad, the limoncello-splashed scampi, the golden-­crusted calamari and chicken parm, and a plate of buttery veal française. Close out the evening with a standard-setting tiramisu or orange-­scented crème brûlée, or another Clinton-era fave—an espresso martini. Moderate.