Whether nibbling on small plates at the bar or patio, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. Michael Schlow brings Italian to DC with a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.
Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm
Everyday from 4:00-6:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Excellent food and service, but too expensive.
I sat outside with my group and it was lovely. The only issue is being forgotten. Our server did not check in on us frequently thus we had a 2.5 he dinner...on a Tuesday night. Otherwise everything was lovely.
Small menu but very well executed. Restaurant week is a fixed price menu with a few items missing from the regular menu, but everything we had was well worth it! Fettuccini with mushrooms and truffle oil was outstanding. Salmon was great as well. Loved the octopus appetizer.
Brought a friend here for dinner, as it's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants - she tried the funghi / mushroom pizza that I ordered and said it might be the best pizza she's ever had in her life. She's still talking about it two days later! Definitely a great place and if you haven't been, you're missing out. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but some favorites include... the funghi pizza, the fettuccini with mushrooms, and whatever special / seasonal pasta is on the menu -- they're always trying something new and it's always fantastic.
Brought my family for brunch and had a great experience. Excellent pasta and Italian dishes, strong brunch items like breakfast pizza and French toast, surprisingly tasty kale salad. Fun drinks and a knowledgeable bartender. First-rate service.
This restaurant was really empty for brunch which wasn't especially fun.
Great service and great food! We ordered both seasonal and classic Italian foods and were beyond impressed. Service blew us away as well
This was my second visit, and my second disappointment. Both times, the place was sweltering. They had fans going, but they did little to make in comfortable. Service was ok, but benign. The food was lackluster, especially for the price. Don't see myself going back,
The salad dressing and the main course were very salty.
Despite a Post review that noise levels were "astonishingly low," the blaring music and the amplified bar chatter made it very unpleasant. The food was acceptable, but not worth the drive. Not recommended.
We had no place to go for lunch so I went to Yelp to see what was around. Alta Strada turned out to be absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!
Have been going there for a few years. Started with Ben (@ the Bar-5*) and just had Lorena (for 2nd time-5*) a real sweetheart. Very accommodating for people and food selections....PASTA'S are divine as well as the PIZZA. Will always come back. ((Thanks Matt-GM-5*).
Shouldn't have to wait 45 min after reservation time to be seated, with no apology.
Food and service were great. The desserts (gelato and cheesecake) were delicious.
Awful food, poor service - avoid at all costs. (and it WILL cost you!)
A small gem of a restaurant near the convention center. My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The wait staff and management worked together as a team to ensure customers are taken care of well.
Server Natasha was super helpful! Great food, great service!
What a great find! Went for a date and it was a great experience, very good service and outstanding food. Will certainly be back.
Had a great time as always. Food and drinks were great, service was solid but could have been a bit more attentive. Look forward to my next visit!
I had been to Alta Strada when they first opened and loved it! Couldn't wait to go back, but very disappointed - not nearly as good this time
Could not judge noise level, as it was not very full. Food was great and service extremely friendly without being overbearing.
Wifey and I went out looking for an Italian place last second without a reservation on a Saturday night and found AS. We loved it! The menu isn’t too extensive but both dishes we had were very good and reasonably portioned. By that I mean not extra large helpings, but enough to fill you. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice Italian meal while in DC.
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Alta Strada to celebrate my 30th birthday and I can honestly say it was a mistake. When we arrived, the place was completely empty - literally not a single other person there besides the staff. Weird, but we checked in and were brought to a table. It was obvious they didn't know/care we were there to celebrate, but we brushed it off. Overall the service was just weird and somewhat rude. Weird because instead of explaining the menu, our server spent the entire time explaining what dishes could/couldn't accommodate food allergies. Nice to know except neither of us have food allergies and the server never bothered to ask. It was so weird that when the kitchen put prosciutto on a dish we had ordered, he literally ran over to apologize and offered to make a new one. Rude because for all the apologizing he did, he made it pretty obvious that he was trying to rush us out. He came by 5 times in the span of 5 mins to get us to order. It was so awkward that we even told him we weren't in a hurry. I'd understand if they needed the table, but since the restaurant was still pretty empty, it just felt rude and unnecessary. By this point we were regretting picking this restaurant, but we hoped that the food would be good enough to make up for the service. We asked for some bread, but what they brought was stale, like it had been left out. We ordered two appetizers - the crispy meatballs and bruschetta - which were both pretty good though a bit over priced. For entrees, my boyfriend ordered the fettuccine and I got the agnolotti. While the portion sizes were decent, both were too heavy and the ingredients felt like they were fighting each other. The biggest problem for me was that my dish was served lukewarm with a giant portion of cold creme fraiche so all you tasted was cold pasta. A lot of this I'd excuse if they were busy, and maybe our experience was just a fluke, but regardless, it's pretty safe to say we won't be returning.
The food at Alta Strada, as usual, was superb. The pizza is the best there is. Service was a little off and a little slow, which is not the norm.
Great food, not great service. We had to ask for additional items twice... so much it became a bit of a joke at our table.
Fresh, authentic pasta. Both my and my boyfriend's pastas were delicious, perfectly al dente, and tasted homemade. Light and flavorful sauces. Portions on the smaller side for the price, but I will definitely be coming back!
Food quality was very good. The kitchen had an extra main cooked and gave to us on the house. Service initially was good but got slower as the meal went on. It took 40 minutes to receive 4 coffees and 1 desert. After some prompting, we received the same. We asked if this was normal and they did take the coffees off the bill but the experience left us disappointed.
Cherry blossom sorbet cocktail was amazing, food was meh, and the waiter spilled my water all over my table. Overall my friend and I had a fine brunch but it's definitely not a place I'd go out of my way to go to.
Great classic Italian
Good outside seating, good pasta
Wonderful place for brunch.
Crispy chicken sandwich was delicious and our server was excellent. A little too much dressing on the salad was the only thing that could have improved.
The food at Alta Strada was great. Our issues were to do with the service. Our waitress was nice, but the staff overall seemed really disorganized. We waited 20 minutes for drinks, yet saw the hostess and another server standing around during the time. At one point, a manager came to our table to check on everything and we ordered another drink. He said he'd take care of it right away, but after 15 minutes of waiting, we had to our our waitress about it. It took another 5-10 minutes before it arrived. This restaurant has a lot of potential, but they need some help with service and organization.
We did bottomless brunch here and it was a lot of fun, the food was great, but the waiter was rude
Service has been sub-par both visits to this establishment. Food is very good which is why we returned the second time.
Great food. Overpriced. You can get an equally good bowl of pasta around the corner for 25% less.
Went for Easter brunch, which was a Prix Fixe menu. The food was good, but the service was a little slow and the bottomless mimosas were overpriced for how long the wait was for refills.
Had a great Easter Brunch at Alta Strada. Portions were huge and food was delicious. Had plenty of leftovers for meals the next day. Great service also.
We were looking for an Italian restaurant close to the convention center and Alta Strada met our casual dress requirements. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious appetizers, dinner, drinks, and desserts. We had a cozy table and excellent service. We'd would recommend Alta Strada to friends and go back in a heartbeat.
I accidentally reserved at the wrong branch which I didn't know they had another location. But they seated my party anyways. love the food and service.
The pizza was a bit soggy, but tasty.