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1 Dupont Cir. NW (19th St. NW) Send to Phone
Dupont Circle gains an upscale Italian destination.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Savino's Cafe Lounge Restaurant Review

: How many times can you enjoy braised short ribs? Or grilled pork loin with an undercurrent of orange zest and Cinzano, and never mind the cost or calories? Forever, at Savino’s, a clubby, meet-and-greet destination that is part nightclub---indeed the bar crowd is rather outrageous---and part restaurant. Foodies will zero in on the dining room with its subdued lighting and décor, where every sort of culinary delight awaits. An abundant bread basket accompanies drinks and your order---which could start off with the tortellini stuffed with truffles in a mascarpone sauce or possibly the clichéd Caesar salad, which surprisingly merits a second glance---but you should move on quickly to the pork. This tenderloin apparently is the restaurant’s signature dish, and no wonder. The meat is fork tender and suffused with layers of interesting flavors. Desserts are no trifling matter, though how you can manage something like the dolce Sagno, a chocolate mystery of caloric importance, and an after-dinner martini is anyone’s guess. Lunchtimes and bar hours mean you can try out Savino’s pizzas made from five Italian flours and prepared by a snazzy Italian pizza machine. Other lunch entrées include assorted pastas and veal scaloppini and roasted halibut. If you linger after hours, check out the specialty martinis, such as the kiwi version with fresh fruit.


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