Neighborhoods: Dupont Circle
Cuisine: Italian, Eclectic, European

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What a treat! I didn't realize that this was a...

What a treat! I didn’t realize that this was a prix fixe menu restaurant, but even with the more limited options it was still hard to choose. The restaurant is in a townhouse just off of Dupont – at best it seats about 30 people. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is lovely.

I opted to start with one of their cocktails – a prosecco and raspberry drink. Just right for a summer’s evening! The bread basket has some very long breadsticks and delicious breads. Perfect for eating with the antipasto misto that comes for the table. Burrata mozzaerella, fried sardines, ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers, porchetta, caponata, heirloom tomatoes with crostini and grilled baby eggplant. Each one a delightful taste treat! (The selection was modified since my hubby doesn’t eat cheese.)

Primi was a gnocchi in pesto – a classic dish done very well. Not too heavy. I also took a taste of the bigoli (a fatter pasta) with the pancetta and breadcrumbs and could have had a meal of that as well.

Secondi was the quail with chanterelle mushrooms. It was delicate and full of flavor. The sea bass with Heirloom tomatoes was another tasty option.

Next up, the cheese course. What was most interesting about the selection of 3 cheeses was the eggplant walnut jam that accompanied them. At times both sweet and eggplanty it was a new taste. To end the meal, espresso and a yogurt panna cotta with fresh blackberries and a piece of shortbread. Was glad to have also tasted the chocolate raspberry cake -will hope for that one next time!

A few treats with the bill – chocolate covered almond, raspberry gelee and a cookie made with grappa. The menu is $75 person plus drinks. Not an inexpensive meal but certainly well worth it. They were very accommodating with my husband’s food requests. The service throughout was 5 star. I understand why it is so hard to get a reservation at this lovely neighborhood restaurant.

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