Al Tiramisu is a find, and those who have found it include George and Amal Clooney, Hillary Clinton, and Magic Johnson. I imagine celebrities like it for the same reason everyone else does: the infectious ebullience of chef/owner Luigi Diotaiuti, who bounces out from behind a curtain to greet you as you enter; the unpretentious feeling of this snug little restaurant, which is essentially one long room in the bottom of a Dupont Circle townhouse (people do complain that it feels cramped, but I like it); and a menu that includes excellently prepared fresh grilled fish, house-made spinach-ricotta ravioli with butter and sage sauce, and veal Milanese. This is a place to come for romance, for cheering up, for having a good time with friends, and Tiramisu has been so obliging since it opened in 1996.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
2014 P St. NW (btw. 19th and 20th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Dupont Circle Hours Mon–Fri noon–2pm; Sun–Thurs 5–10pm; Fri–Sat 5–10:30pm Transportation Metro: Dupont Circle (19th St./South exit) Phone 202/467-4466 Prices Main courses $20–$32 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Al Tiramisu Other Reservations recommended