Italian Restaurants in Washington, D. C.


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  • Primi Piatti
    Primi Piatti's executive chef, Savino Recine, is more than a culinary mastermind. When he's not in the kitchen, he?s often roaming the dining room floor, pouring champagne into a glass that appears suspended in midair, or performing other sleight of hand tricks?he's a trained magician, after all. As guests take in the magic or bite into grilled veal chop and saffron gnocchi with shrimp, an imported Italian wood-fired grill browns the crispy crusts of golden pizzas. Upon entering the high-ceilinged dining room, guests notice that the eatery values presentation and performance as much as flavor and aroma. Elegant sconces and pendant lights cast their glow over tables swathed in white linen. Green-striped columns hug the corners of the soaring space, which is made to look even larger by the massive mirrors that cling to its walls.
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    2013 I St. NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Paper Moon DC
    Though it?s located just steps from Georgetown?s bustling streets, Paper Moon transports diners back to the Old World hearth with homey steaks, pasta, seafood, and Italian specialties cut with creamy sauces and delicate herbs. The kitchen?s dedication earned the notice of the Washington Post, whose critic noted that "regulars praise the pizza, made in a wood-burning oven," before admiring the "wall-mounted fountains, terra-cotta friezes, tiled floors, potted palms, and touches of tapestry and red velvet? that populate the expansive dining room. Filled with the brassy sound of big-band swing, the dining room comfortably hosts big events, including group dinners, family gatherings, or a giant?s quincea?era.
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    1073 31st Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Petes New Haven Style Apizza
    Pronounced ?AH-beets,? Pete?s New Haven Style Apizza sets itself apart from more familiar pie prototypes with a crunchy yet chewy, stone oven-cooked crust. Combining their roots in fine dining with a dedication to fresh and simple Italian cuisine, Pete?s chefs make the gluten-free pizza crust in-house each day and top pies with savory sauce and locally-sourced toppings that are farm-fresh, organic, or made in house. Pete?s menu also encompasses fresh pastas including homemade lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese. The fortress of feasting also offers a variety of draft and bottled beers, eclectic d?cor, and oven doors that bark out patrons? names when they walk through the door.
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    1400 Irving St NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Pizzaboli's
    Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Washington's Pizzaboli's offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. You won't feel cramped at Pizzaboli's, even with a large party — the pizzeria is perfect for large groups. The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Pizzaboli's, known for its laid-back ambience. The pizzeria has catering services as well. Street parking is provided for those dining at the pizzeria's 18th St NW location. A meal at Pizzaboli's will typically set you back about $30.
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    2455 18th St NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Ristorante Piccolo
    A couple sits at a table on Ristorante Piccolo's second-floor balcony, peering over the wrought-iron railing at the historic C&O Canal as plumes of heat rise from plates of pasta showered in red sauce. Dishes arrive fresh from the kitchen of the lovingly restored 250-year-old building, where chef Arnaldo Rubio calls on 25 years of experience as he whips up daily batches of fresh ravioli and gnocchi. Around the dining room, Murano glass light fixtures illuminate crisp table linens and the intricate woodwork around a trio of fireplaces. Out on the ground-floor patio, patrons can digest platefuls of lasagna, ravioli, and risotto as the sun looks on enviously.
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    1068 31st St.
    Washington DC, DC US
  • Darlington House
    For tasty American fare, head to Darlington House for a sandwich and side. Put the diet on pause when you visit Darlington House — there are no low-fat menu items. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Darlington House's full bar to top off your meal. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Darlington House with its kid-friendly fare. Darlington House is great for big groups, and diners favor its private room for important events. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over. No need to dress up for a trip to Darlington House — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. Through their catering service, Darlington House can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Dupont Circle Metro (Red). A meal at Darlington House will typically set you back about $30. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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    1610 20th St NW
    Washington, DC US
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