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Giovanni's Trattu
Giovanni's Trattu

Giovanni's Trattu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giovannistrattu.com
  • Phone: (202) 452-4960
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Connecticut Ave. NW and 19th St. NW
  • Public Transit: Farragut North Metro Station (Red) Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red) Farragut West Metro Station (Blue, Orange)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking Friday and Saturday eve. $5.00. In addition, Street parking and public parking garage on M Street between 18 th and 19 th Street.
A word from Giovanni's Trattu
Giovanni's Trattu may be the only restaurant in DC to capture the feel of Venice. Formerly known as Trattu, this cozy little restaurant provides the lighter cuisine of Northern Italy, which is known for its unique flavor. The extensive menu changes every fall, winter and summer. Seating 60 in the main dining room, Giovanni's Trattu is candlelight at night and it entertains guests with live music from a guitarist/singer who roams from table to table, providing the perfect sound for any occasion. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. While Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, guests who seek a more intimate experience may sit at one of two tables in the small out door garden.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our hotel actually made us a reservation at another Italian restaurant a few blocks away. When we got there it was very crowded and wildly expensive. We used open table and saw this restaurant was close and quickly made a reservation. We were not disappointed. This is a great little neighborhood place with fantastic Italian food. Entrees are in the $20 per person range and appetizers are around $8 each. We would absolutely go back. It is tiny and not overly fancy but great food and great service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It was my first visit and I had a superb experience. Great seri vice and ver good pasta (with sea food)"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Stumbled upon this place looking for a last minute reservation and couldn't have been happier. Wine was great, Caesar salad dressing was light and refreshing and the eggplant parm and pasta was perfect. Would go back again next time we are in DC."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excelent cuisine, ingredients and cooking at their cooking time. Pretty good italian cuisine, locally done."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Giovanni's Trattu is not only a neighborhood gem but a nostalgic reminder of a time of 'local' restaurants were proud of their food and their heritage rather than celebrity driven, focus group derived impersonal palaces with just the right amount of fake atmosphere and rehearsed friendliness. Giovanni's is a wonderful place to spend a leisurely dinner with a friend over good wood, good wine, served by a staff that remembers you from the previous visit. And, don't miss 'Grandma's seafood stew' -- you will leave happy."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This quaint restaurant is cute and delicious. We went to dinner at 5:30 on a Friday night and were surprised to find it empty save for one lone patron. By the end of our meal we had the restaurant to ourselves. Maybe DC dinners start much later? The food and service was amazing though, and I would certainly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Four of us dined and all had a different entrée; everything wonderfully prepared and served. There was a large party enjoying cocktails when we arrived and it was rather noisy, but always good to see a small restaurant doing a great business. The host was very welcoming and the ambiance is warm."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We really enjoyed a wonderful meal at this little Italian place near Dupont Circle. The Caprese salad and Prosciutto and melon starters were wonderful and generous enough to be split between four of us. Our fifth diner had a wonderful Pea soup. The entrees from the Chicken Marsala to the pasta dishes for our party of five were all well prepared and tasty. The service was always there when we needed anything and never bothersome when we did not."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner at this sweet neighborhood place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had lunch recently with a business acquaintance. Carrot soup was outstanding--very tasty and creamy (but no cream in it). Rigatoni, not so much--overcooked, shapeless pasta, non-descript sauce. Disappointing, since I believe the pasta is a bellwether of quality in an Italian restaurant. Friendly, attentive service in a very intimate setting that is conducive to conversation. I would recommend heartily if the food were more consistent."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The service was wonderful. It was our first visit but we felt like old friends. Calamari was tender, surprising for traditional rings. The shrimp risotto was well done and the cannoli was fantastic. My friend's special: grilled magi magi with polenta and veggies was delicious. The polenta wedges were so well done, crisp on the outside creamy on the inside. Overall great meal."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I've had a lot of trouble finding a really good, neighborhood Italian joint since I moved to DC from New York. Giovanni's Trattu fits the bill. Excellent food (and good pasta), good menu, and nice ambiance. The wines are affordable and the service was friendly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here for the first time on Valentine's Day for dinner and it wasn't as crowded as I had feared it might be. The pesto gnocchi was delicious, and the server was very nice. There seemed to be special treatment for some guests and not others--when other tables were seated their coats were taken, but not ours. And the table next to us got free prosecco but we didn't. It seemed oddly disparate, but I have no complaints as to how we were treated--the waitress was attentive and helpful but not overbearing; we never had empty glasses; the food was tasty; and the ambiance was quiet and nice. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined Saturday night for our Valentines celebration. The small dining room was cozy and quaintly decorated. We each ordered off of their special prix fixe which was reasonably priced and very good. Although we were full after the first two courses! Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great little basement place. Decor is a bit late-70s/early-80s, so probably not a first date, or place you'd bring someone you don't already know can appreciate a little what-was-once-chic-is-now-cheesy. But if you're looking for neighborhood Italian, Giovanni's is awesome. A cut between red-and-white checked table vinyl w/ straw-bottomed Chianti-bottle candle and the uncomfortable severe Scandinavian lines threatening to cut you in most truly chic spots. Oh, most importantly, the food is awesome. We had the caesar and arugula salads, salmon filet, and the bucatini with spicy marinara and pancetta. All excellent, the bucatini truly so. Smallish wine list, but solid stuff on it. Tiramisu made a great finish to the meal. Very small, 2-4 only."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice intimate spot with excellent service. Food was good and servings were plentiful. Great neighborhood spot where you can join friends for conversation and a comfortable dinner. We arrived early evening and very quiet. Even as it filled up, still pretty quiet. Would recommend."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Quaint, authentic find. Like walking into a Venice restaurant."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Great food. Great Service. Wonderful atmosphere. A real DC treasure."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If you are from an East Coast city that is known for its Italian neighborhoods (Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York or Boston), you will LOVE this restaurant. It's what we know as Italian -- homemade pasta, carafe of chianti (but full bar service as well), great bread and olive oil, friendly service. LOVED it and am so happy I found this spot after 18+ months living in DC. Rivals any spot in Little Italy, South Philly or the North End. Unassuming & cozy, a place for a leisurely-paced meal -- no rushing you in/out. We tried the gnocchi, the mahi mahi special, the agnolotti, with both a cream & a red sauce (their recommendation, so accommodating), the mussels and the lemon sorbet for dessert. (I went w/my parents for Christmas Eve dinner)."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We were 4 of us for dinner. The atmosphere is very nice and the noise level is manageable. We all enjoyed our dishes and found the server to be very helpful and attentive. I would definitely go back there."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Giovanni's Trattu, originally just "Trattu," has been on Jefferson place for decades. We used to go there a lot in the 80s and 90s, but had not been back for about 15 years. We were delighted to discover that it is still a great place to have a terrific meal for a reasonable price, and we will be returning very soon. My wife had a generous and delicious seafood pasta entrée, and I had a veal marsala that was equally good. And it's a quiet, calm place, which is a true rarity these days."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was just fantastic. The restaurant could use a face lift to better impress business clients."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Although the restaurant was an intimate setting for dinner and the service was good, our food was just ok. I wouldn't return, and I think this restaurant was once very good judging by the photos of former presidents on the wall. But those presidents were in office over 15 years ago."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I have been coming to DC for years and always went out of my way to dine at Trattu, as it was one of my favorites from when I lived in DC many years ago. I was disappointed that the food was not as good as it used to be. The ambiance is now bordering on tacky and the charm of the brick walls is long gone. I will not be returnng."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This is a fabulous little restaurant. Patrizia is an amazing host and will treat you as a member of the family if you give her the opportunity. The pastas are all good. The osso buca and veal and chicken Trattu are simple but well-prepared and never disappoint. The house white and red served in ceramic pitchers are good and reasonable."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Our party of 5 was well fed and well served. Would go back again, perhaps even make a habit of it."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We just got in town and wanted to dine near DuPont circle. This restaurant had nice reviews. Turns out most we're correct in their assessment. We found a nice selection of Italian reserves and picked one which I'll look for again. We all ordered pasta and it was cooked just right. Service was attentive. Prices are what you would expect for a DC Italian restaurant. I'll return again."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My fiancé and I celebrated her birthday and our anniversary this past Wednesday night. Being from the New York area I have yet to find a great Italian meal in DC until Giovanni's. The mussels were cooked to perfection and served in an olive oil based sauce instead of butter. The chicken Marsalla and spinach ravioli with marinara were very good. The ambiance and service were first class and they did a great job of creating an amazing atmosphere for us! Will be back for the food and for the feel of being home!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "We came with a big group and the service was excellent. They put up with our indecision over ordering and the fact that we stayed well past the time when other diners had left... Food is good, hearty American Italian. It doesn't feel like you're in Naples but it's well prepared and fairly priced, and we had a great evening."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I saw the restaurant and said how New York! Below street level, quaint and not too bright. The congenial host sat us and service went downhill from there. Our wait person was pushy. Ordering a bottle of wine, she suggested one a a higher price, so I did. Giving it a taste test, me and one of my guests thought it was too sweet and we rejected it...to our waiter's dismay. I then ordered the one I originally wanted, and It met our taste. We all ordered pasta entrees and it was ok. Our waiter the rest of the night was virtually not be be found again until it was time to clear the table and ask if we wanted dessert, which we did order. I had to ask the bus person for the check and she was the one who also returned with the charge receipt."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "This is a small neighborhood restaurant that delivers in so many ways. Excellent menu, attentive service and nice ambiance. If you are looking for great food, a quiet atmosphere where you can enjoy your meal or the company you are with the n this restaurant for you. I felt like I was in a neighborhood in Italy :) I selected Kid-friendly and Romantic which might seem odd, but the intimacy of the restaurant makes it romantic and the kid friendly rating is because the restaurant readily accommodated menu requests for my 13 year old daughter. However as the restaurant is small, a rowdy family might be overwhelming to the other guest."
    Dined on 8/1/2013