Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair to middling" ability to tranquilize rampaging baboons. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and accompanying sips at La Tomate in Dupont Circle.
The extensive menu at La Tomate contains a fierce lineup of quintessential Italian dishes. There's something enticingly edible for veggie lovers, meat eaters, and people raised on dehydrated astronaut rations. For lunch, the ravioli verdi al gorgonzola con salsa di noci (homemade spinach ravioli stuffed with gorgonzola and parmesan cheeses, served with walnut cream sauce, $11.95) is recommended. For dinner, entrees are between $13.95 and $28.95. Treat your tongue to the the petto di pollo al forno con salsa agrodolce e verdure (baked organic chicken with honey, lemon, vinegar, and vegetable sauce, $19.95) or vegetarian-friendly arborio rice with porcini mushroom, gorgonzola and saffron ($17.95). Accompany your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list, or stop by on the weekend for a savory brunch.
La Tomate has been supplying hungry Dupont Circle residents their doctor-recommended doses of Italian cuisine since 1987 and is open every day, though reservations are highly recommended for weekend dining. The outside and inside of the establishment form a complementary tandem of pleasant atmospheres, like those of our binary suns. The recently renovated interior features a bustling bar with tall, transparent windows that provide a panoramic view of the world outside. Exterior amenities include patio seating surrounded by lush, oxygen-rich vegetation, free parking around the corner, and a force field to keep sorrows at bay, maybe.
Yelpers praise the cuisine and convenient Dupont Circle location with three stars:
- Very good food, friendly people. A real urban bistro with a ringside seat for everything going on outside and in the area. – Arthur S.
Citysearchers give the restaurant four stars:
- While not setting diamonds on a tiara, the food is consistent competent italian cuisine from the center of italy. a reasonable wine list and a kind of service that makes you feel so glad you came moments after you walk in. The bar has a fine selection a grappas and unusual liquers from around the world, but people watching is a wonderful after dinner event as virtually the entire restaurant is walled windows looking out on one of the most vibrant spots in Washington D.C. – wahlessen