Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti

Primi Piatti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primipiatti.com/
  • Phone: 2022233600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Happy Hour 04:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Savino Recine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The dining room has a cozy atmosphere with dark wood and glass panels. The restaurant seating is divided into three sections, offering private seating for large parties. The maximum seating in the main dining room is 120. A large private room “The Secondi Piatti” accommodates 40 and a small private room “The Wine Sellar” seat 20 and all together seat 60 people. The bar lounge is very large and can seat 30, but can hold up to 60 standing.
  • Entertainment: New Year's Eve at Primi Piatti
    Savino's best STAGE MAGIC SHOW with a great six course dinner,
    Savino will perform his best illusions and for the finale will perform a very dangerous stunt called "THE BULLET CATCH"
    Which some Magicians tried and did not succeed.
    Join us for an evening that you will cherish for a long time
  • Special Events: An Incredible, Delicious and Ample variety of Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts,On our Restaurant Week Menu, Please join us from January 09 through January 31, P. S. Our Regular Menu is Available,

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Three blocks from foggy bottom and farragut west Metro stations
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking from 5:00pm $8.00
A word from Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti has been in business and serving the patrons of the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1987. The restaurant has been recognized for its excellent service and authentic menu with many rewards from members of the media and by food and beverage critics. Founded by Savino Recine, Primi Piatti began with a simple idea: the kind and generous reception of our guests and conscientious sourcing of our products. Every day we warmly welcome you with kindness and sincerity to enjoy fresh fare and gracious service. We are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience, but also to educating the community about our mission.

Primi Piatti offers traditional and trendy Italian cuisine, the atmosphere is cozy with great food and a convenient location, robust meals and plenty of wine.The cozy and elegant atmosphere, along with the large bar and lounge are waiting for you...
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Primi Piatti reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (27)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (9)romantic (9)notable wine list (5)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • quaint charming Italian restaurant
    Nell
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had not been to Primi Piatti for several years and really enjoyed our meal there. The food was excellent, the service attentive and the ambience charming. We appreciated that the ambience allowed for good conversation without competing to be heard among other guests. Great location that should a real find for visitors to our city. We will return again soon.
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    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood spot-but too $$$
    Ursa
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Overall good food, but over priced. Btw-they charge for still water which we were not told when given option on sparking or still. I was very disappointed with the wine list-the only Italian pinot grigio they had by glass was $16-I tried the CA option which was terrible as was the sauvignon blanc. I finally settled on a red blend which was nice. My food was good-I had a shaved zucchini salad which was wonderful and a shrimp with sundried tomato and fennel starter (but never found the fennel-when asked waiter told me it was in another dish but was listed on menu in this one), My boyfriend got a pizza with arugula and prosciutto which was delicious-.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pasta I ever had
    GuestatJW
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • As always
    RMJDC
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Primi Piatti is, as always, an enjoyable dining experience! Seafood risotto on Saturday evening was amazing; full of seafood and perfectly cooked risotto with 'not so over the top' sauce! My fellow diners (all five) were very pleased with their meals!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • A Fun Dinner with Friends
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had not been to Primi Piatti in many years, and then only for lunch. We met friends there on a Saturday night and we were all pleased with the atmosphere and service. After sharing fried calamari, we ordered the insalata mixta, beef ravioli, and the evening's pasta special, fettuccine with shrimp and asparagus. Most dishes were very good, except the latter was way too salty, a common problem at many Washington area restaurants. We finished with a chocolate cake and decaf. While the food was passable, the service and atmosphere made for a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet, elegant Italian gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This restaurant has been around awhile so it's not on the radar of most people now. But the service is first class, the staff has the old school charm and manners of the past, and the food is high quality. The pastas are homemade and very flavorful. They will make you any Italian dish you want if it's not on the menu. They really strive to make you feel comfortable and tended to. It's really a great place to do business, have a quiet meal, enjoy a romantic dinner, get a group together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dining at Primi Piatti
    StanVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Really enjoyed Primi Piatti. Fresh bread and Italian wine was a great start. I loved the option of a zucchini salad and it was really good. My daughter did not like her arugula salad:-( All entrees were great! Veal chop special, risotto special and orecchiette. The most unique was the risotto...it was finished tableside by stirring the cooked risotto and mushrooms in a huge parmesan rind...the flavor this added was amazing. For dessert we had cappuccinos and hazelnut torte. Cappuccino was excellent, torte was just good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    DelectableVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I love Italian food so I picked this place as my birthday dinner spot for my husband and I. The appetizers weren't very tasty, but the entree's were DELICUOUS. The service was good but a little confusing. I won't be back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is decent and maintains
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The food is decent and maintains the same quality, it is nice for lunch, specially when the weather is nice. But there has been so many more good restaurants. Recommend for lunch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Find!
    DCguyVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Didn't realize what I was missing all these years! We thoroughly enjoyed everything we were served. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre food at expense account pr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The owner-chef must not be spending enough time in his kitchen. Non-descript pork cheek sauce on pasta, very average individual size pizza for $16. Pretty tasteless zucchini parmesan appetizer. Avoid the wild boar, which sounded great on the menu. Very sweet somewhat slimy sauce with chocolate and raisins served over a small buried portion of polenta for starch. Our first 3 choices from the wine list were unavailable, so ordered the least expensive Chianti ($39). It was terrible, no flavor or character at all To their credit, when we complained about the wine quality our waiter immediately offered to replace it with another bottle, and we then drank the Asti Barbera which he recommended, ($46), and it was quite decent.
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  • Expensive, but tasty.
    IndecisiveFoodLove
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My valentine and I ventured out into D.C. without a reservation that busy night. We accepted our mistake and moved along calling each restaurant that caught out eye, hoping for no more than a 60-minute wait. We finally succeed with Primi Piatti. I ordered the Orecchiette con Rapini (Orecchiette w/ rapini flavored w/ pancetta, garlic, hot pepper & a bit of aged ricotta cheese), very tasty. takes the gold medal by ordering the Fettuccine al Nero con Grancho e Scampi (Black ink fettuccini with Crabmeat and Shrimp flavored with Garlic, Olive Oil and hot Pepper). Even tastier, and both meals were undeniably freshly made. The only real downer was the check, a bit steep honestly, but we still walked away satisfied with our selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great and the
    Josh
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was great and the service was outstanding what else can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost too good
    Eric
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went there for Valentines Day. Everything went like clockwork. The food was excellent in quality and appearance. The owner was on the floor and fully engaged. Service was too good.... We had anticipated spending an hour and a half to two hours enjoying our meal and each others company, but found ourselves served and finished in under an hour... Other than feeling a bit rushed, there was absolutely nothing to complain about.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Solid Italian
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Menu is basic, but pastas in particular are very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out in the Cold
    SnowboundVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We had a guest speaker in town to take to dinner, but it was a snow day. A number of restaurants were closed downtown, but we had reservations at Primi Piatti and we kept calling them to see if they were open. They did not notify us that they were closed, nor did they change their voicemail message to indicate they were closed, so we walked over there and found it complete dark. Luckily, District Commons answered their phone and were able to accommodate us. I was very disappointed that they did not do anything either before or after to apologize for not being open. I hope next time when they know snow is coming they take their reservation book home and call people to let them know they'll be closed or at least change their message.
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  • Great Italian spot
    Crittle
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Unique menu items, great ambience, service was outstanding! We found this randomly when in Washington last time-- this time it was a must that we went back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too often you get in the rut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Too often you get in the rut of the sam places for business lunches. Primi Piatti switches it up in style. The food is excellent, there are unique wine selections, and the bar area provides a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Best bolognese
    Maxine
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Great service and the best bolognese I've had in a long time.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome risotto
    PDA1
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The mushroom risotto mixed in a cheese tub table-side is quite a treat! We also had pasta and regular entrees and it was all delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Style Food and Service
    CTom
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Primi Piatti is a bit of a throwback to a time when "good" restaurants were comfortable and reasonably quiet places in which to meet and drink with friends and associates while being taken good care of and, as a bit of an afterthought, to enjoy a decent meal at decent prices. Service is attentive and comfortably measured; no server introduced himself or made himself part of the table conversation. The wine list had good choices at good prices, along with some pricier special offerings. The home-made pasta was heavy and probably overworked before it was cooked. Vegetables could have been better with a lighter hand on the garlic. Bread sticks were snappy and good. I'd go back, but not with a foodie in tow.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Staple
    JAMAC
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I work south of there where there are few restaurants within walking distance. Primi Piatti is a reliable restaurant with a diverse menu and not ridiculously expensive. I had a flavorful piece of rockfish over lentils - just right. And a healthy portion of ensalada mista - light on the dressing just perfect for my palate. I like because you can talk without shouting across the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally pleased
    curiousdiner
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The options on the restaurant week menu were both delicious and ample (a hard combination to find). The bucatini was a slightly firm for my taste but I wouldn't say under cooked (lets call it al dente plus). All the meats at the table were cooked to a great texture and the sauces did not overpower the meats' flavors. The staff were friendly, timely, and attentive; our water was never empty and empty plates were gone within moments of being emptied. If I was planning to impress someone (a date, a client, a recruit, etc.) this would be on my short list of places to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Italian always
    NSCDC
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    . no child chairs. It's a business lunch spot, but I had requested one In open table reservation When I called that day to alert a 15 minutes delay , the woman said "we got you" But at arrival the owner , who knows me, was almost upset that I was asking and said "he had never seen one in restaurant" but they were "preparing something". The waiters that know me , they set us up in a banquette in corner in back That actually worked well I was treating my 15 mos. old god daughter and her parents for DC restaurent week , who was impeccably dressed and quiet and well behaved, as always actually. We ended enjoying the meal; and waiters since they know me treated us and Baby well But the owner nice a lesson in class.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a business dinner
    Fuzebune
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Primi Piatti had delicious food a nice wine selection and very solicitous service. We ordered the peppery balsamic soaked pear wrapped in prosciutto and served with creamy burrata cheese. Delicious! We then split two entrees: the gnocchi with duck ragout, which was very rich and flavorful, and the seafood risotto which included lobster, shrimp, scallops and calamari. Again well seasoned, cooked perfectly and very full of flavor. We finished the meal with the panna cotta and the nougat desserts. Decadent but not too rich. Portion sizes were generous and plating was well presented. The ambience was quiet and calming, and the location was great. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and we never felt rushed. Look forward to returning!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are always
    JmacVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Food and service are always excellent. I had the chitarra (sp), which is off the charts
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  • Great and Always Reliable Cooking
    Trttran
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This was the first Italian restaurant that pioneered oven baked pizza. I am happy to say that their pizza still taste great, especially the gorgonzola one. I also enjoy greatly the bucatini spaghetti Roman style. Great restaurant decor also. I thought the menu price was higher than it should be but I guess operating costs in DC are not negligible. Love the place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We had a very good meal. We had pasta special, spinach fettachini with shrimp & scallops. Wine by glass very good. Nice salad also.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coming to your Italian home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The setting is peaceful. The service is exceptional. The good folks in the kitchen care about what they are doing and have flair and freshness about what they do. You will always return here. Other Italian places seem just a notch down.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very tasty and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was very tasty and it is hard to find a better venue but the prices are exorbitant, they cannot be justified for the restaurant location and decor. This was the downside. It appears they try to make as much as they can.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed on news years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Disappointed on news years eve dinner. They did not advertise a New Years Eve Menu. One of our party had dietary resrtictions which was poorly accommodated on the unadvertised limited menu.
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  • Very Romantic
    CheriCoCoVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I went to this restaurant on a post-Christmas date. It was very intimate and the service was great. The pasta was fresh and the food was tasty. It appeared to be authentic Italian cuisine. Also, they have a great selection of wine and daily specials.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original Italian food; cozy place
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    On a very slow night for restaurants, Primi had a good crowd. The decor was Italian convivial, the welcome and service were warm, friendly, and accommodating, and the food was both well prepared and original to a surprising degree, considering the restaurant's otherwise traditional decor. It was also very impressive to find the owner on the premises, supervising and enlivening the place even on such an evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK -- but not spectacular.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    OK -- but not spectacular. Lasagna was a mashup of ground beef and sauce -- salad dressing has too much vinegar. For the price, they should be better. I have had very good meals here. This was not their best performance.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent servcie, pleasant food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The service was friendly and accommodating (Wife was late and we were on a timeline). The ambiance was lovely and comfortable for the two of us. The house Pino was also very nice. Our appetizer and my entre were both very good. My wife’s pasta entre was a good comfort food dish but on the pedestrian side. We were in a hurry so she didn’t spend a lot of time with the menu.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special experience
    Sklar
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    A true first class dining experience. Great service, superb food.
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    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    lunchPP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Lunch for two with one glasses of wine each, and the bill came to $120. Nice ambience, but for that price, the food was quite disappointing. I think this is a good restaurant if you can use the company credit cards to pay, but not from your own pocket. Ordered a Creme Brulee for dessert ($11), and it was clear that it was made a day (or two) before and came straight out of the refrigerator. I walked out of the restaurant wondering how many nice meals I could have had elsewhere.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    Foodie
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Primi was the only available place for our holiday lunch for 12 people. General ambiance was ok, but wait staff were not friendly or welcoming. They gave the impression that they were doing us a favor by letting us dine there. Oddly, we had to ask for the wine list and also for the pre-fixe menu. In general the meal was good, but a few people complained that the bucatini was salty. A wait staff spilled grated Parmesan cheese all over my back and coat and they acted like it was no big deal. In future, we will make more of an effort to book a venue much earlier. Despite the good food, I would rather feel like my business was welcome, instead of being made to feel like an imposition on the wait staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great Italian food
    Kenny1209
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Meal at the Primi Piatti
    jhg128907VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.