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1110 Vermont Ave. NW (L St. NW) Send to Phone
New York Italian restaurant clones itself as power-dining spot in nation's capital.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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: The cozy yet expensive Italian favorite of New Yorkers for over 25 years has opened multiple outposts, including DC. Washington power diners have found a restaurant with two personalities, starting with its relaxed luncheon service, relatively reasonable prices and even an inviting happy hour with complimentary pastas served at the bar. That all changes at 5 p.m., when the lights go down, the candles fire the evening atmosphere, and the cadre of tuxedo-clad service staff take to the floor as they stock their tableside serving carts. Once seated, the diner needs to take care not to over-indulge in the series of antipasti that begin to appear---chunks of Parmesan, tomato bruschetta, fried zucchini and more. The menu has all the Italian standards from the carbonara, bolognese and the requisite Alfredo. More exciting is the fresh-made ravioli, plump with a filling of porcinis in a truffle and Champagne cream sauce. Veal dishes have their prominent position on the menu with osso buco, saltimbocca, and scaloppine. A refreshing addition is the veal cutlet pounded thin and breaded and topped with arugula, tomatoes and chopped red onions. For dessert, cure the sweet craving with traditional tiramisu or ricotta cheesecake.


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