Giovanni's Trattu

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$30 and under
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Italian
Giovanni's Trattu may be the only restaurant in DC to capture the feel of Venice. Formerly known as Trattu, this cozy little restaurant provides the lighter cuisine of Northern Italy, which is known for its unique flavor. The extensive menu changes every fall, winter and summer. Seating 60 in the main dining room, Giovanni's Trattu is candlelight at night and it entertains guests with friendly style of service, providing classic Italian music. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, business lunches and dinners, romantic dates and family celebrations.
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AE
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Veal Trattu!
Martini tasted watered down and wasnt full.
Bread is awful.
Breadsticks in wrappers are just odd.

CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Charming restaurant in a beautiful area with great service and delicious food. Will definitely be back. Nice Italian music playing in the background but not too loud.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hole in the wall with amazing food!

DC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was greeted warmly and seated right away.Our server was very helpful and answered all our questions. Food was delicious

LF
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband claimed he had the best osso bucco ever. It’s been a week since we visited and he still talks about it. We voted this restaurant as one of our best meals in DC. The service was excellent!!

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t possibly get better than Giovanni’s Trattu! Angel hair pasta with sausage and their exquisite garlic bread. Service is beyond compare.

RA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Service was efficient but not especially friendly. Very small place with nice local feel

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service, relatively inexpensive, and a very charming atmosphere. Drinks did match the quality of the food, but it’s not really the focus.

DB
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta! We were looking for a traditional Italian place. This was delicious! It is small but quaint. Tiramisu was also very good!

c
Washington DC
457 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and its now on my fav list. First time here and took guests. Eggplant and mixed seafood were the starters with nice red wine. Dinner were pasta dishes that were excellent. Rigatoni with sausage, ravioli dish and linguini with clams. All perfectly done. Staff was very attentive even while it was completely full. Service, Staff and Food were great!

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How does it just get better and better?

Excellent service, chef is outstanding, decor is beautiful, food is amazing!

u
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I selected this restuarant for family while on a weekend getaway. The reviews stated that it was a quaint Italian restuarant. Quaint is an understatement. The chairs were uncomfortable, with plastic backing. Interestingly, all of the waitstaff appeared to be either Russian or Eastern European. I started with an Old Fashioned (or so I was told). It was actually some pink concoction which appeared to be made from a mix, as their was some powdered slurry residual settling at the bottom of the glass once I finished the strange tasting drink. To start the meal, we were served packaged breadsticks. No butter. We ordered two appetizers for the table; the garlic bread (slightly hard) and the fried mozzarella (palatable). I had to ask about the specials, as my waitress (Kata) did not offer to tell us about them. I ordered the veal chop special. When my 3 companions received their entrees, I was not served. After about 5 minutes Kata told me that mine was "delayed" and would be out in 5 minutes. It actually arrived 13 minutes later. This is 18 minutes after my party was served; by which time they had all finished their entrees, and then had to sit while I ate the overcooked veal (Of which I ate approximately 35% before giving up). The included pasta was apparently no made fresh in house. The included broccoli and carrots were cold. To make matters more interesting, while filling the water glasses, one of the waitresses poured about 4 ounces of water from the pitcher down the back of my shirt. She apparently didn't realize that she did so, as she did not apologize, or offer me a towel. I do have to give them an "A" for consistency, as everything was consistently awful!

CG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet little place with great service and food. A real gem.

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Great staff, great wine and the food was delicious. Much appreciated.

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! They did this special angel hair pasta and sausage dish which was amazing! Wonderful staff!

m
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Talk about an old school place in the basement. The decor was dated but it charmed us. The food was outstanding and the price was so reasonable for DC. Would highly recommend giving it a try! We had Marsala dish, a veal dish, and lasagna.

F
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eggplant Parmesan in the city. The cappilini is superb. A very romantic little Italian restaurant in a townhouse on a charming street.

h
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quiet small European -like Italian restaurant near Dupont circle. We had a lunch there before going to an exhibit at the National Geographic museum.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the PERFECT table - front center of a cozy Venetian feel Euro cafe. Service was top notch and VERY KIND with our service dog. A definite repeat. Thank you!

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service! Nice neighborhood gem!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old school Italian food and service. Katya was an awesome server with a deep knowledge of the menu and wine selections. This is a quiet and intimate escapee from the busy DuPont Circle area.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! Food was amazing, the service was great.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GT is a quaint Italian restaurant. There is limited seating, so reservations are recommended. The food was amazing, all fresh and home made. I had the cannelloni and it was amazing. The best I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to visit again and go back.

AE
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Having gone there before I was trying to be open-minded by trying it again. The veal scallopini was really good. My friend’s stuffed pasta dish was not. If you go get the scallopini. The bread is Awful. Looks like it has seen other service. 😲. That should be changed asap

RR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I loved the hole in the wall vibe of this place. The service was absolutely outstanding. It was a bit noisy and hot in there however. The food was delicious. Our favorite part was the tiramisu.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service a must in DC!

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food not bad, but the restaurant didn't smell great.

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pollo Marsala was excellent! Fresh spinach and angel hair pasta. Great garlic bread and side sausage.

TC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, out-of-the-way place whose entrance is tucked invitingly under a stairway. Very European. The service was attentive and helpful. The food was well prepared, in suitable quantity, and attractively presented. The decor and lighting provide a warm and comfortable ambiance. Even with half the other tables occuppied, the atmosphere is quiet and helpful to easy conversation.

d
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent neighborhood spot, good food, great value

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Very comfortable seating and the table were not too close together. There are a lot of pasta options. I fettuccine with mushrooms and cream sauce which was delicious. Will definitely come here agin

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere good food good service

WL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite locations for small-group, lunchtime business meetings.

J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined here relatively early on a weekday evening. The two of us were warmly welcomed, promptly seated and guided through the menu which is varied without being overwhelming. We shared a salad which was fresh and tasty. The mozzarella which came with it was excellent. My companion had a pasta dish which she declared to be to outstanding and the portion, generous. I enjoyed a veal dish which was also very nicely prepared and tasty. Both dishes were well presented and the accompanying vegetables were very good. We passed on dessert, but the cappuccino was excellent. This a smaller venue with a warm neighborhood feel. It is comfortable and easy to enjoy. Well worth the effort to find and a nice change of pace from the glitz and glitter of many D.C. restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little place previously unknown to me. Food was good but not great. Inside looks a bit tired.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice service, really pretty atmosphere that was perfect for a romantic date night.

n
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually have a date with my wife at least once a month here because it's our favorite place. Food is great and so is the service!