$15 for $30 Worth of Casual Italian Fare at Tesoro

Van Ness - Forest Hills

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In a Nutshell

  • Authentic Italian cuisine
  • Comfortably casual confines
  • Wide range of dishes
  • Daily seasonal specials

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Promotional value expires Jun 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 visit. Dine-in only. Valid toward alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid for special events. Not valid on Easter or Mother's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.


OpenTable reviewers give Tesoro an average of 3.9 stars and more than 20 Yelpers give the restaurant a 3.5-star average:

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

Thanks for a wonderful evening!
Nick G. · January 12, 2014
Good value
Sameera R. · May 2, 2013
staff made my daughter's bithday dinner a real treat for her and quite a suprise
Peter G. · March 20, 2013

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