A historic building’s atmosphere changes aspects of dining: chandeliers warmly illuminate meals and ghosts wander from table to table offering to grind pepper on people’s salads. Dine amid history with today’s Groupon to Potenza Trattoria. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get $70 worth of Italian fare for dinner.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare for lunch.<p>
Potenza Trattoria’s owners have preserved the original architectural details of the historic Woodward Building while incorporating an open kitchen and a fleet of modern chandeliers. For dinner, a salad of arugula, shaved fennel, and watermelon sliced or on the vine in a lemon vinaigrette ($9) evokes the lush Southern Italian town for which Potenza was named. In an entree of rigatoni al ragu della domenica, columns of rigatoni support a mélange of spicy fennel sausage, spare rib, braciole, and meatballs with ricotta cheese ($21). Lunch guests rest weary teeth atop pillowy ricotta dumplings and chanterelle mushrooms, elbow-to-elbow with broccoli, cippolini onions, and parmigiano reggiano in a sherry glaze ($20). Kalamata olives and orange segments bedeck the insalata di salmone’s grilled radicchio ($18).
Every day at Potenza, the aroma of fresh pastas, breads, desserts, and national constitutions wafts from the in-house bakery. Italian dishes sourced from the salumi counter and 6,000-pound pizza oven complement bottles from the wine shop.
1430 H St NW
Washington, DC 20005