100 Very Best Restaurants: – Centrolina

Chef and owner Amy Brandwein of Centrolina. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Centrolina

974 Palmer Aly NW
Washington, DC 20001

Sometimes the secret to great style is simplicity. That’s certainly the case at Amy Brandwein’s elegant CityCenter­DC osteria, where a wood-fired oven elevates high-quality ingredients. A standout this season: crispy, paper-thin slices of eggplant dressed up in honey and toasted almond. Housemade pastas, such as fettuccine with wood-roasted mushrooms or taglioni in ’nduja butter draped with an over-easy egg, are always en vogue. Expensive.