Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at Tesoro.
Tesoro’s owner and chef, Ignazio Bonanni, carves a menu of traditional Italian cuisine from quality ingredients, such as fresh mozzarella and house-made fettuccine. Inside the dimly lit dining area, servers pepper white tablecloths with antipasti plates, such as the calamari fritti ($8.95) or oven-baked Italian bread bearing representatives from the sea, land, and sky with crabmeat, artichoke, and cream sauce ($11.50). Fresh scallops, shrimp, and mozzarella mingle atop il Tesoro ($12.95), one of 10 pizzas sporting fresh-made sauce and dough. Rose cream sauce seeps into the nooks and crannies of the house-crafted fettuccine with asparagus, shrimp, and mushrooms ($16.50) as well as the tri-color cheese tortellini with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes ($15.50). Weekly chef specials add a spice of variety to the menu of tasty Italian stalwarts. For future feasts, Tesoro will hand out a $15 gift card to Groupon customers who spend more than $60.
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.
Van Ness - Forest Hills
4400 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, District of Columbia 20008