Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of casual Italian fare and drinks at Tesoro on Connecticut Avenue Northwest.
Tesoro's comfortably casual eatery features a passionate chef cooking up authentic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Midday munchers can dig into lunch-menu delights including crostini con granchio e carciofi, a medley of baked crab meat, artichokes, and airy cream sauce crooning its deliciousness from a stage of Italian bread ($10.50), and la siciliana, a panini packed with roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella crushed in a doughy embrace ($9.50). For sundown dining, the dinner menu delights with starters such as the lightly battered calamari fritti ($8.95) and pasta dishes such as the fusilli con pesto e pollo, a chicken, mushroom, and onion dish in pesto cream sauce ($16.95). For self-competitive Italian pie eating, try the personal-size calabrese le pizze, sprinkled with the carnivorous candies of sausage and pepperoni and then topped with mozzarella ($10.95).
The relaxed, intimate confines, with white tablecloths, geometrically pleasing chairs, and touches of rustic Italian décor, provide a romantic ambience, and libations from the sweeping wooden bar provide liquid romance perfect for wooing bashful morsels onto a fork.
- Pleasant Italian restaurant that we've seen before but never visited. We got a reservation for four adults and four children easily. Good food, reasonably priced wine. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 2/20/11
- Tesoro has THE BEST BREAD in town! You could, if you cared to, make a meal of the bread and olive oil they give you to snack on. All of the entrees and wine that I've had here have been terrific. – Tiffany Y., Yelp, 11/27/10
At Tesoro, chef Ignazio Bonanni enlists fresh ingredients and the flavors of his Italian heritage to bring customers his very own culinary tesoro—which means “treasure” in Italian. Lightly battered calamari and caprese salads precede helpings of fettuccine in a ground-veal sauce, light and fluffy pillows of ravioli, and oven-fresh pizzas topped with everything from basil and mozzarella to sausage and pepperoni. Patrons dine elegantly on veal parmigiana and chicken marsala at one of the white-clothed tables in the spacious dining room, or slide onto a high-topped chair for a more casual meal at the bar. Tesoro also offers takeout, so patrons who get caught stealing their boss’s lunch can make amends by filling his or her office with 25 grilled steak paninis.