It’s easy to fall in love with Lupo Verde before you even look at the menu. Set in an old row house on busy 14th Street, the restaurant transports you to a rustic Italian osteria, from its leafy patio strung with twinkling cafe lights to its two floors of warmly lit exposed-brick dining rooms to the bottles of wine stashed in nooks reaching up to the ceiling. But you can’t eat ambiance, so let’s talk about the food. Pasta lovers: this is the place for you. The house-made pastas are cooked to the perfect degree of al dente. Try the cacio e pepe—it rivals those in Rome; simple and not too heavy—or the gemelli al Lupo ragu, an original recipe from when the restaurant opened in 2014. Rounding out the menu are a large assortment of antipasti, like grilled octopus, burrata, and fried artichokes, salads, and meat and seafood dishes, like pork saltimbocca or a whole, deboned fish. Top it off with Italian style dessert (tiramisu is a favorite), or selection of cheeses from the mini on-site cheese shop and salumeria. Lupo Verde has another location near Glover Park, as well as a recently opened pizza shop, Lupo Pizzeria (1908 1st St. NW; tel. 202/506-6137), right next to the restaurant on 14th Street.