Pre-theatre. The staff knew
Pre-theatre. The staff knew of our plans but didn't rush us. The food was marvelous and the service was impeccable. Our thanks to our server, Aris. The staff were very attentive.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Although the salads and deserts
Although the salads and deserts are over priced, the entrees seemed reasonable for the quality. We had the the lobster rigatoni and the lobster ravioli special. Both were amazing.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good foodie stop nice staff
Good foodie stop nice staff and good wine list. Reasonable prices with most entree choices around $30
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Pastas Downtown DC
Went back to Primi after a couple of months and had excellent food and service. Took our 4 year old grandson and they were so nice to him, allowed him to order a plain pasta dish even though not on menu and brought him a juice with a glass of cherries, which he had requested. When we went to watch chefs work, head chef asked if he wanted strwberries for dessert. Couldn't have been nicer. As for us, had 2 delicious pasta dishes, black fettucini with seafood and a penne with mushrooms. Both cooked perfectly, al dente not mushy like at most Italian restaurants, and could not decide which was better. The 2 salads as starters well equally excellent and both were fresh and served at a perfect temperature.
Will definitley be back soon, es
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unfailingly good experience.
Unfailingly good experience. Have taken business guests to Primi on several occasions and have never been disappointed.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband were treating ourselves
My husband were treating ourselves to lunch between a series of appointments. And we were treated! We shared an appetizer of carpaccio - a lovely preparation and presentation. Then we each had the same entree, abbacchio alla romana, lamb with a wonderful combination of herbs. We will return.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice place to have good
A nice place to have good Italian food with professional, friendly service. Nice room side walk available, nice, relaxed bar. Conversation was easily had and the background music was nice and quiet. I'd go back again. fits like a comfortable sweater. The Rissoto was fabulous!
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been a big fan of Primi
I have been a big fan of Primi Piatti for many years already, using their Wine Room (very private and beautiful) for private dinners with high-level international delegations, and stopping by occasionally for a special-occasion lunch or dinner, and have never had anything less than great experience. The food (eggplant and calamari appetizers, black-ink pasta, pork chops special and tuna) was excellent, house wines (chianti and merlo) were very good. The service was also excellent, as always, - very attentive and friendly but without hovering. And it feels great to be recognized by waitstaff even after you have not been to the place for months. I would greatly recommend this place.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The foor at Primi Piatti rarely
The foor at Primi Piatti rarely falters. Grilled fish continues to shine. But the prices at lunch have pushed this place to the upper limits for a routine business lunch.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a very nice dinner
We had a very nice dinner at Primi Piatti. We had an outdoor table which was nothing special, but nice to dine al fresco after a long winter! Our server was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. Service was efficient and friendly. The eggplant rollatini appetizer was small but very tasty. The signature veal dish (bocconcini) and the fish special were fresh, well cooked, and delicious. They provided a generous portion of pasta for our son and he said it was excellent. Very enjoyable meal.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went back for second time
Went back for second time in a couple of weeks and it was excellent again. Took grandson on a Saturday night and they treated him like a special guest. Salads to begin were fresh and delicious. Pasta dishes were both tasty and prefectly prepared. The spaghetti with black ink was superb and the risotto special was great. They prepared a simple pasta for the 4 year old and then sent him strawberries with whipped as a dessert. This restaurant makes the best pastas in the city.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Pasta Dishes
We made a last minute reservation for a group of 12 for lunch, and Primi Piatti had no problem accommodating us. The service was efficient and friendly. The pasta dishes were absolutely fantastic. The linguine special that day, with rubina and squid, was perfection--flavorful, the just right portion size, not overly salty or greasy. Everyone in our party was happy with his/her order. We'd definitely return.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always meet friends for dinner
Always meet friends for dinner when we are in DC. Great place with
Lots of personality.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good value, good food and service
Excellent, very authentic Itallian food with good service and a stylish dining room at a reasonable price.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The bread sticks seemed a
The bread sticks seemed a little old. The calamari was very bland, over cooked. Pasta course and main course, we all had veal, were excellent. Wine selection was fine with good selections in various price points--and ours was rgood for the price--middle. Service was very good, they werevery accomodating for changes that we wanted, including doing something not on the menue. I have gone to this resturant since it opened and think while not as great as it once was, it is still one of the best Italian places in town at reasonable price.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Primi Piatti is one of my favorite DC restaurants. The staff is excellent and the food divine.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
great for a goodbye lunch
Primi Piatti is much larger than it seems from the street. It was the perfect location for a good-bye lunch for a colleague for our team of 8. A nicer (and therefore a bit pricey ~$22-28 for lunch) restaurant, its fish and pasta dishes are excellent!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice! Excellent service in an elegant atmosphere. Good menu selection...delicious offerings...a bit pricey, but worth it.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Continues its terrific reputation
Great food, great spot, great service - as always.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service.
We enjoyed our meals very much. We are from Philadelpha and have business in DC four times a year. We always go to Primi Piatti. Food is at the high end yet very reasonably price. We enjoy a bottle or two of their wine specials. They discount the wine.
The gentlemen who serve are highly trained skilled professionals. I give the Resturant our highest recomendation.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Dining Experience
Delicious food (SERIOSULY DELICIOUS---had the seafood risotto), great wine selection, friendly and attentive waitstaff. Can't wait to go back!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive staff, delicious food.
The staff was attentive, the menu was varied enough for most diets, the food was delicious. White napkins and tablecloths in attractive surroundings and very convenient and friendly valet service. Give it a try!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with
We were very pleased with the ambiance and service. Food was very nice with some unusual options, however it was quite pricey. Some of us are not used to paying $25 for a plate of pasta.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently delicious. Great menu, good wines, nice waiters. A very pleasant evening always.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not many choice for restaurant week
There is only entree, one desert for restaurant week. If you want to try more food, you need to add $8 for it.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service very attentive without
Service very attentive without intrusive. Excellent options for all diets! Pastas are homemade & excellent! Appetizers are presented with a twist on tradition, very well done!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Very Good Italian restaurant
I took an old friend there for a pleasant conversation after a long absence. The food was quite good (luingine sepia for my friend and osso buco for me) although the calamari fritti has been emasculated so to speak a la americana: why don't they serve the tentacles in a real Italian restaurant? POrtions were the right size, especially the first course which I have found overwhelming elsewhere.
We just wanted to talk and the service let us do just that. The waiter knew or sensed when to show up but was never intrusive.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been here a number of times now and NEVER been disappointed. We've dropped in for a quick shared pasta and Prosecco in the front, attended one of the special magic shows the owner performs in the dining room and now a nice meal outside tonight. We arrived at 6 and were greeted promptly and seated outside. Cocktails and Carpaccio to start. The staff is incredibly friendly, the food is always fabulous and I wish I lived in the neighborhood as I'd eat there AT LEAST once a week. The pasta with Beef Ragu is my favorite. My date had a Cucumber Salad and her favorite, Mushroom Risotto was a special that night. She is crazy for it. We've had veal and chicken here as well as pastas and virtually all have been perfect. We love it!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently pleasant experiences. Wait staff is attentive and enjoyable but knows when to let you have a conversation at the table. Food is consistently very good. Reasonably broad and good selection of wines. A reliably very pleasant place for a meal.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our weekday lunch
We enjoyed our weekday lunch in a pleasant atsmosphere. The food was was delicious and well prepared and served in a timely manner. I look forward to a return.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food, service and atomosphere. The food is fresh and creative and the staff first class.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty Creative Italian Food
Every menu item is tasty, and while it is generally Italian, there are new twists on everything. Perhaps my all time favorite meal here was a special ravioli stuffed with beets. Another favorite is the agnolotti with a pistachio cream sauce that is on the regular menu. My wife and I love the quiet and classy feel - it is a great escape from the kids.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back!
Lobster Risotto was fantastic, as was one of the pizzas for an appetizer. My husband enjoyed his steak very much - cooked perfectly to temperature. Next time probably won't get two entrees, as they were large enough to share along with the appetizer. Excellent!
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food with superior service
I had a great business lunch at Primi Piatti on Thursday. The food is always great, but the monkfish dish on Thursday was outstanding. I always enjoy going here for a business lunch because the owner and staff will recognize you after you've been a few times and will genuinely welcome you back each time. The service is well paced and first rate, but the experience feels just as much like a neighborhood restaurant thanks to the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
CLient lunch place
Prima Piatti is a wonderful place to take clients. On a nice day one can sit outside. There are umbrellas if you are a fan of the sun or you may dine alfresco. The food is always great. The service is extraordinary with their older, experienced and mainly Italian wait staff. I highly recommend Prima Piatti for any crowd, anytime.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great place to see politicians and notables from around the city. Savino does a great job at luring the right clientele in, and treating them with the top notch service we have come to expect from his restaurants. The food is great, service excellent, a bit loud, but very good food.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good meal - tables too close
We ate here the night before running the Marine Corps Marathon and they had plenty of options. Our water did an outstanding job. But the tables are all very close together and I didn't appreciate being seated right next to a family with two small children. They were loud, crawling on the floor under the tables and just generally distracting. I think the hostess could have done a better job of arranging the seating to allow for the most enjoyment for all patrons. They were not very busy when we arrived. But the food was very good and flavorful.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing food and staff
This was everyone in our parties first time here and we we're sell blown away. The food was exceptional and the staff a delight. Giovanni was our waiter and he was very accommodating. We were heading to a show at the Kennedy Center so he kept a watchful eye and made sure we were out the door on time. Everyone loved their meals and we all highly recommend this Italian gem!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely pasta dishes
We had am early dinner there and the food was great but pricey for dinner.
Try lunch there! R
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time at this restaurant and chose it for our anniversary dinner. Great food and wine...very authentic Italian.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Italian cuisine
The food was exceptional. It is a good idea to be able to have smaller portions for the appetizer and pasta dishes. It gave us the ability to enjoy the full experience of dining without having too much. The service was top-notch; the server was very attentive. It was a great experience. Definitely a place to return to.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner with friends
I had the veal chop with mushrooms. Very good. I would come back and order again. The house wine, a red chianti was very good.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a group of 5 and we all ordered different appetizers and entrees. All the food was great -everyone was happy with their selection. Service was perfect - checking in on us enough to be attentive but not so much as to be intrusive. I hadn't been to this restaurant in several years (since I no longer work in DC) but I will definitely be back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Meal at the Primi Piatti
My friend's and I, a group of out-towners thoroughly enjoyed this place, recommended by our hotel concierge. The food was exceptional and service was very well. Overall we'd rate Primi Piatti as an 8 out of 10.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian food
I' m a Japanese working in US for three years. I traveled to Washington DC and went to Primi Piatti as a reccomondation of a Japanese guide book. It's the best Italian restaurant in my US stay for three years so far. Whenever I went to an Italian restaurant, I always needed to ask that "Please cook my pasta Aldente.". Even though to say that, I was always disappointed the pasta. However, Primi Piatti has changed my Italian food experience in US completely.
Finally, I'd like to add one more subject. Please don't believe iPhone map. You never get to Primi Piatti with its guidance. Representative of Primi Piatti direct you very politely on a phone. Please call them when you would loose your way to Primi Piatti.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM