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Il Canale
Il Canale

Il Canale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilcanale.com/
  • Phone: (202) 337-4444
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Biglietto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.
A word from Il Canale
Located in the heart of Georgetown, il offers the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in DC, thin-crust made by our Italian pizzaiolos cooked in a wood-fired oven imported directly from Italy. The kitchen, led by Naples-born Antonio Biglietto, offers a menu that brings our native country to your table with every selection—antipasti, pastas, seafood, meat, fresh Bufala mozzarella from Italy, and so much more. The attractive blue-lit, full bar specializes in carefully selected Italian wines. In warm weather, dine alfresco at the sidewalk tables or on the roof-top terrazza overlooking the Georgetown scene.

Be sure to check out our new lunch menu, featuring three delicious new paninis made with our fresh bread baked instantly in our wood fire brick oven and four new pasta items.

Our happy hour, from 4-7 pm Monday-Friday, features all drinks at 1/2 price! (Happy Hour restricted to bar area).
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The ambiance in the restaurant is bustling but quaint and comfortable. The outside terrace is great when the weather is good. I had a pasta dish with shrimp that was delicious. My friend had the gnocci and raved about it. We both had a side salad full of fresh veggies but the dressing was a bit bland. The wine was also good...served in an 8oz portion so you won't need to order a second unless you're drinking up quickly ;-)"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place is known for its pizza but we all loved our apps and pastas. The cannolis were delicious too!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Pizzas are really good if you like napoletan style pizza. The crust is perfect and the topping very fresh."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love the pizza at In Canale, and have also enjoyed some of the pastas. However, several things this about this restaurant have consistently disappointed me: their salads are tasteless, the service is mediocre and I never get a table in a location that's comfortable or pleasant. This last time I made a reservation well in advance and hoped for a table outside on the terrace. I understand that they cannot guarantee an outside table, but a table next to the busy service station and near the restrooms, with inadequate room for the chairs for our party of 3, was downright offensive. The next time we try this restaurant I better get a decent table, or I'll probably settle for pizza at some less heralded restaurant after that."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Best pizza we've had since our trip to Italy! Particularly the prosciutto and arugula. Pleasantly surprised by the Sauvignon Blanc from the Dolomites. The outdoor seating works great for kids. And the setting in old Georgetown is lovely. Combine with a walk before or after along the canal..."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love Il Canale's pizza so much that I haven't tried much else on their menu, but it's so delicious that I don't feel like I'm missing out!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been to Il Canale at least six times and I will keep going back because they have the best pizza in DC. That being said, every time I go I am disappointed by the service. The servers are always rushing you to order before they even ask you if you want something to drink and very rarely check on you once you get your food. The one time I went there with a large group they clearly couldn't handle it and took forever just to get drinks. If you're going there for dinner make sure to have a reservation or be prepared to wait."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Table for six. Last minute open table reservation. Waiter not overly or under attentive but was spot on with timing and orders. Tagliere appetizer was delicious. One said marghareta pizza was salty. My bolognese was good but a little bland. Would go again and recommend and try everything on menu."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. Food is constantly wonderful. Their oven fired pizza is the best in D.C. Very attentive and friendly wait staff. Roof top terrace and a couple street lined tables for outside dining. Place is small and always crowded. They are expanding so more room is coming. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed Il Canale very much. The service was great and the food even better. We ordered the mozzarella and tomato appetizer, which was a perfect portion size to share. Next we had the pizza Margarite. This reminded me so much of the pizza we enjoyed in Italy! Will definitely go back next time we are in the DC area just for the pizza! The table next to us had an order of meatballs that looked too good to resist, so we had an order too, with some bread for getting all the last bits of sauce. So yummy! And I must mention the light, crisp Italian wine that our server recommended…perfect for a hot summer evening after exploring DC all day. I really wanted to get the cannoli for dessert. Next time. Grazie Il Canale!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Felt like we were transported right back to Italy. Food was great, tasty and fresh. Try the cannolis!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service. I made a note with my OpenTable reservation that I had a very special 12 year old guest who I needed to impress, and would appreciate them treating her like a VIP. They certainly did. When she arrived, she was acknowledged as their most important guest of the day. They sent our table bruschetta, and at the end of our meal, she was served cannolis on a plate that said "You are awesome!" Foodwise - very good pizza. My young guest her entire margarita pizza, and her mom and I split the tuna salad and a pizza with zucchini, spinach, and prosciutto. Tuna salad was fair, but we expected something with more green. I'd order the house salad next time and will try their pasta."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "If you want high-end pizza from a wood burning oven served by extremely nice and friendly staff in beautiful Georgetown, this is the place."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We tried 3 restaurants in Georgetown on our DC trip, Il Canale was our favorite. Our waiter was charming. Service was excellent. We loved the food. We will return on our next visit."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is a great casual Italian place. Very relaxed atmosphere, great food, very laid back vibe, excellent pizza, attentive servers. This place has it all. Very simple and fresh menu. Don't miss out on this spot."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The DC area is not the place for good Italian food. This place does a very nice job with the basics, and that alone makes it one of the best in the area. Our party of four had a variety of dishes and all were well prepared from quality ingredients and delicious. I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "An overall great experience. Even with a last minute reservation, the staff were accommodating and seated us on the rooftop terrace where we received excellent recommendations for both food and wine. Must try this small slice of Italy!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Ordered the seafood pasta and the build-your-own Neapolitan pizza; both were delicious. Being from Toronto, I was surprised that you can build your own Neapolitan pizza, since most of the Neapolitan pizza places in TO forbids you to do so, reason being that their chef knows best, and one best to obey their knowledge of food pairing and must not alter the ingredient list to ruin the authentic taste. Now I know those TO restos are just full of bull manure. I digress, loved the food here, service was too notch. Will definitely visit again if in DC."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We have great pizza in Connecticut, and are seldom tempted to order it when in other states. Il Canale's pizza sounded good when we read about it, looked good, smelled good, and tasted fantastic. The calamari appetizer was among the best I've had anywhere, and the salad complemented the rest of the meal perfectly. Service was excellent. This is a great place to go in Georgetown!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Booked a table here for the first time on Mother's Day. We were kind of leery that it wasn't even half full. Later we're glad it wasn't bec it was quiet. I could imagine it could get loud and busier when full. All I can say is food was amazing. I'm definitely coming back here for the gnocchi and cannoli. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Let's just say I have a renewed love and appreciation for pizza! Their sauce is SO fresh, I actually asked if I could buy it (and they allowed it)! Fresh ingredients beautifully cooked on thin crust. Smored buffalo mizarella is the best thing imaginable!!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "A group of 4 of us went to Il Canale on Friday night. We started with the anti-pasta platter which was oustanding and each of us had a pizza which was perfectly cooked and tasted wonderful. We shared a bottle of the house red wine which was quite good and also a great value. The noise level was a bit high, but this is to be expected on a bustling Friday evening in a small Georgetown restaurant. We'll definitely be back! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Il Canale was very accommodating for our late arrival to our reservation due to metro backups! We were placed outside the restaurant although walking traffic on a saturday afternoon was a bit busy for the georgetown side street. I would've preferred the patio options! Otherwise, great great attentive service and the food was delicious! Definite Recommendation!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We made reservations for early Saturday evening because I was in town to run a half-marathon the next day. The calamari to start with was lovely - not at all chewy. The batter was a little flakier than I prefer but my husband loved it. The bruschetta was perfect. The right amount of oil and tomatoes etc. I got the diavola - it was great. Just the right amount of kick for me. My husband got the calzone and liked it as well. The cannoli were out of this world. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a fun time with great food and excellent service. Definitely worth going back again and again."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We simply enjoyed great food and a very nice atmosphere with our two pre-teens... It was the perfect way to end a very active day around the city."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We went to Il canale on the recommendation of a good friend and boy were we impressed. The host greeted us and took us to a great table overlooking the street. The place was buzzing with life. After some appetizers, the main courses came very quickly and everything was fantastic. Would tag this place as a must visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Nice restaurant with very good food, you won't be disappointed"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. My kids are picky eaters when we travel so when they give it a thumbs up you know you have something special. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service! A true find, real Italian food!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was very delicious; however, we had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table. After being seated, the waitress was inattentive and we continued to wait a long time for menus, then again to place our order."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "meatball sauce was orange. while we were eating they served a pizza then took it back when i complained. place was empty and felt like i was on a time clock. i have eaten there before and not going back. not a place to relax."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went with a friend - were both in DC from the far reaches of the country (me from AK, she from PA). We were "starving" so we started with a pizza to share and then each had an entree. The meal was very, very good. The place was so noisy and our waitress so soft spoken, we had no idea what she was saying to us. The table next to us was so close, we might as well have been part of the family. We dined upstairs and seemed much more crowded and noisy than the last time we ate there and sat downstairs. Would I go back with a friend? yes. Would I go there on a first date? No."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was really good Italian entrees and pizza is typically really good. Ask to cook well. The appetizers were incredible."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our family of 4 loved the food, restaurant and closeness to the campus! Great experience for our first time in the area! We would suggest to other friends and family!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Found this place at the last minute walking thru Georgetown and decided to try it. We both ordered the pizza, a margherita and a Georgetown, both were out of this world. They are worth the walk or the drive from anywhere. Service was good but nothing great."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Very nice, all the food was good, homemade pasta great just like eating in Tuscany. Service good and friendly, not rushed and not slow."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Terrific pizza, authentic Italian specialties and great hospitality. We love it!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had dinner with two friends from New Orleans and had a very good, reasonably priced meal and I would recommend to others to try Il Canale."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The ambience is inviting in a nice two level space with outdoor seating in nice weather. Our salads and meatball starter plate were delicious, as were the generous individual-size portions of thin-crust pizza. A solid choice for Georgetown."
    Dined on 3/18/2014