For a splash-out D.C. dining experience, book a table at this local favorite and enjoy inventive Italian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. With its wide swath of bar at the front, white banquettes, and modern art, the dining room has a glamorous, head-turning, New York feel, maybe informed by chef Fabio Trabocchi’s stint there not so long ago. The main event is the seasonal Italian fare, which might include lobster ravioli in cream sauce, goat cheese fritters, veal rib-eye with langoustine, or arugula salad with figs. The menus change daily—and the variety of menus is always changing, too. There’s a real sense that Fabio and wife/partner Maria are having fun as they create the Presto! Lunch at the Bar menu, or a celebration-of-spring menu, or—you get the idea: festive dining. Also consider the Trabocchis’ swank Italian seafood eatery, Fiola Mare, at Georgetown’s waterfront; and the stunning two-level, waterfront Del Mar, serving up tastes of coastal Spain at the Wharf, in the Southwest Waterfront.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (entrance on Indiana Ave., btw. 6th and 7th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Penn Quarter Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm; Mon–Thurs 5–10pm; Fri–Sat 5–10:30pm; Sun 5–9pm Transportation Metro: Archives–Navy Memorial or Gallery Place/Chinatown (7th and F sts. exit) Phone 202/628-2888 Prices Lunch a la carte main courses $16–$36, prix-fixe menus $20/$28; dinner prix-fixe menus $135/$155; tasting menu $165 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Fiola Other Reservations recommended
Map601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
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