Al Sospiro Trattoria

4.4
214 reviews
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Italian
Welcome to al Sospiro Trattoria. Since our inception, our goal has been to provide a restaurant where you could come and enjoy authentic Italian food, excellent wines, and a truly unique dining experience.
What 214 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service small and personable. A winner !

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Loved the design of the interior.

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Adequate service but a bit lacking.

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is one of our favorite restaurants - Chef Antonio is fabulous as well as the delicious desserts made by his wife Tara. Staff is very efficient and friendly. I always recommend this restaurant and have taken many friends and family. It is outstanding!

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our anniversary. It's a hidden gem in our neighborhood. We love the friendly, quiet atmosphere. Our older teen kids came this time, too. The food was delicious! The lamb, eggplant parm and pasta dishes were all delicious. I had the eggplant parm w/ a side of mushrooms. It was light, flavorful, layered and not bogged down with fried batter. Perfect! The grilled romaine salad app was great--so unusual. The service was excellent. I would definitely recommend coming here!

VF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine! Always a wonderful experience! Antonio is a fabulous chef, Tara is an amazing baker and hostess, and the staff is always friendly :)

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. Ruth was our server and works very hard to give personal attention to every table. I feel like they could have one more server there, on busy nights (Friday and Saturday). The wait time before we were greeted at our table was too long, but the food is so good, it’s worth the wait.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

AZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

four people, four great meals, four happy tummies...it’s been our favorite restaurant for years and the new menu has introduced some new temptations...

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in our neighborhood. Tasty, interesting food, generous drink, friendly service (by the owner and chef in our case...slow night). We'll go back.

m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Burrata was delicious served with nice tomatoes. I had the lamb chops and they were prepared just as ordered. We had a new waiter who did an admirable job - very attentive.

c
Washington DC
444 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent mussels to start with along with salad. Pasta dish and pork dishes were excellent. Very good flavors and taste.

RR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Al Sospiro Trattoria to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
The place is small and intimate.
It is a Mom and Pop place. We were welcomed when we arrived and told to pick any table available.
Service was nice, and the food was delicious.
We would come again

MM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had wanted to try this restaurant for several months and had menu choices selected before arriving. Upon arriving, we were disappointed to see that the menu had been recently changed to a more American-Italian style, and that most authentic Italian items we were interested in no longer appeared. But the owner/chef did make dishes for us that we wanted, so overall we were happy and will return. It was a Tue, slow and quiet, so the owner was kind and able to accommodate us. Quality of food is quite good.

D
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very intimate authentic Italian Restaurant in Olney MD. The food is always outstanding. Service is slow on nights the restaurant is very busy....it’s worth the wait tho.

JO
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't stop thinking about how delicious the Swordfish was!!! I'm glad to have it back on the regular menu! Out of this world fabulous!

DW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We have dined here before. The food is always good and fresh. We started with grilled romaine salad and spinach salad. We shared a pasta. For entrees we had the eggplant parm and the seafood stew/soup. All delicious. We enjoy the atmosphere with the owner always present. The only negative was the service. Our server was a nice, personable and polite young man. His second day on the job and, I suspect, his second day as a server. The other server and the owner helped us get forgotten drinks and entree, but I would expect them to hire experienced staff. The other server has waited on us before and is terrific.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had a wonderful experience and the food was outstanding!

RA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was fair at best. Restaurant was almost empty. My entree was cold and bread was stale. Have been before and had excellent food and service.

SF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had an amazing Mother's Day dinner at al Sospiro Trattoria. Our waiter was exceptional. He made me a delicious mixed drink that wasn't on the menu. Our food was out of this world. My daughter had the spaghetti and said, "This is what real spaghetti tastes like!" I had the linguine ai frutti di mare which was equally as delicious. The dessert menu was varied with a lot of tempting options. We got the pina colada bread pudding and chocolate red wine cake. Both were terrific. We will definitely go back. Perhaps our best restaurant experience of all time!

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I really want to love this place, but I just don't. My friends enjoy it, so I go back hoping for it to surprise me, but each time it doesn't. The staff are super friendly and work hard to make your visit a good one. During my last visit, the (engaging) servicer was slow and my appetizer (mussels) was fine, but my entree (a spicey pasta) lacked flavor.

G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. A first time there and we will be back.

c
Washington DC
444 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice wines to start a relaxing dinner. Also shared salads and meatballs. Very delicious. Dinners were pastas and chicken dishes. All very good. Server was busy but was very good with us. Very attentive!

NF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet, friendly Italian atmosphere. The food is excellent, and the service was attentive. Chairs could be a little more comfortable (they're wooden without cushions) and it would be nice to hear more Italian music in the background.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow almost painfully. It may be quite awhile for me to go back. The servers were all new and not knowledgeable, one of the servers was scowling. That was a huge put off.

X
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

-A most unpleasant dining experiences.
- We chose this restaurant upon the recommendation of a friend; we were taking my 90 year old mobility challenged mother out for a birthday dinner and a show at the Olney Theatre Center. Informed by my friend that the entrance and main part of the restaurant were on separate floors and that there was no elevator. When I called to inquire about an alternative entrance, I was told that we could be seated upstairs on the entrance level. We arrived to find the upper level was a small, unused room with 4 small outdoor bistro tables pushed together against a wall, with 1 runner and set for 8 people. (Another group of 4, some with mobility challenges, arrived at the same time and seated themselves at the table for 8; they were apparently told the same thing)
-A hostess arrived after a few minutes and seemed flummoxed at the idea of separating and resetting the tables. She said she couldn't do that because she only had one runner. We separated the 4 tables into 2 groups, I reset the place settings and we sat down without a tablecloth.
-We had been at the restaurant for 30 minutes when a waitress came to our table to tell us about the daily specials. We had not yet received menus. Menus arrived, we placed out order (2 salads and an order of mussels for appetizers and 2 pastas to share for dinner) and informed the waitress that we had 8:00 theatre tickets.
-The 2 salads arrived at 7:15. The mussels arrived by a different server at 7:30. We reminded her of our 8:00 curtain and requested that the pastas be cancelled. The pastas came up within minutes. We shared one dish, but did not have time to eat the second order. One of my sisters went downstairs to get a take out container and the check.
-The dining room downstairs looked lovely, but in spite of asking, noone at the restaurant would volunteer information about how to access it without having to descend a long staircase. Terrible atmosphere upstairs and customer service.

LD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is really good, but the service was a bit chaotic. We will still go back, but maybe not when it is so busy.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent Italian food, wine, wonderful service and great atmosphere.

TS
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely intimate ambiance. The food was fantastic, we had the swordfish and cod specials. Service was outstanding and the waiter recommended we share the salad. It was a large portion and perfect to share. This will move to one of my top 5 places to dine.

SM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Maybe the best prepared salmon I’ve ever had. Everything seems perfectly prepared. Reasonable wine prices. Going downstairs and eating in the basement diminishes things a trifle for me. Excellent service.

c
Washington DC
444 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Started with nice relaxing Martini and vino. Salads to start and were very good. Main dishes pasta and fabulous pork chop. Server was very nice friendly and good considering how busy she was.

BG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem. Food is amazing, service impeccable. I love the ambience, the paintings and murals on the walls. I tell everyone I know about it.

FP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was my third time here and I enjoy the food and the whole ambiance of this restaurant. I go to Rome every other year or so and it reminds me of Italy.
The service could have been a little more professional. The server was pouring water and opening up wine while telling us of the specials, but at times I thought it was difficult for her to do two things at once and not focus on the customer. Quail was ordered but she came back 10 minutes later to let us know that dish was not available, instead of knowing the menu and making a recommendation that would have been comparable.
Grazie!

c
Washington DC
444 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Martini to start the night. Pasta veal sauce and pork dishes outstanding!

PD
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food served quickly with a personal touch. Great first visit for dinner was with friends. Took the hubby there for dinner because he loves Italian food. Another grrat dining experience!

B
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always great. We love the grilled romaine salad

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our favorite restaurant. We have taken many friends there, and they have all loved it. The food is always excellent. It is our number 1 pick!
Eileen

SG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Noise level incredibly high. Could not carry on a normal conversation. Food was mediocre. I had beef tenderloin that apparently was grilled on same grill as fish (3 types), onions, peppers, etc. Could not taste the beef at all. Salad was overdressed. "Roasted potatoes" seemed to be oversized french fries baked on a cookie sheet - no spices, no taste. All in all a very poor dining experience.

KO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed with the food on this visit. Did not meet prior experience of excellence with preparation. Restaurant remains very loud and hard to have a conversation or hear wait staff.

C
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening. We mostly ordered the chef specials and every single one was delicious. The service was impeccable, the courses we're perfectly paced, and the ambiance was excellent. Even the proseccos ordered before dinner we're out of this world. Not one complaint from us!!

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