Giovanni's Trattu

4.6
455 reviews
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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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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was the first to arrive for lunch. Was greeted by the receptionist and seated. She immediately asked if I wanted to start off with a drink and quickly provided a nice chianti and glass of water. Very friendly lady. I looked around the room and she gave me a good history of the restaurant, sensing my curiosity. When my companion arrived she also asked about starters. Finally, she gave us menus and advised on the special of the day. My friend had the lasagna and raved about it. I had the stuffed flounder and it was fantastic. All in all, this was a great dining experience and I'm looking forward to returning.

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JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No question. I have been here for many years but it was my first visit. Reminded me of the Italian restaraunts in New York in my youth. Food is good. Service is prompt and price is very reasonable compared to other Italian restaraunts in the area. Lunch time was quiet.

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Siamo stati molto bene il cibo ottimo e ottima qualità prezzo. Ci tornerei...il direttore e italiano ed molto contento quando i turisti italiano vanno a cenare da lui...

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RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a low key family restaurant atmosphere. Excellent service. Who could ask for more? My “go-to” place when in DC.

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n
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience. Warmly hospitable, excellent food.

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

My boyfriend and I had one of the most amazing dining experiences here. We were visiting out of town for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. I requested a certain table I saw on google, asked for a specific cake and they went above and beyond to make our night so special. Will definitely visit next time we are in the area!

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LA
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Northern Italian food and wonderful service in this pretty little dining room. We were graciously greeted and served, and even with two large parties, the room was quiet enough to enjoy conversation w our meal and with a feeling of privacy because tables are not too close together. We are out of towners who always stay in Dupont Circle area, and we WILL return to this delightful spot!

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DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been frequenting Trattu since our first date nearly 34 years ago. We even weathered a hiatus when they closed for a few years. Though some of our faves are no longer there, not to worry-there are many fabulous choices!

The ambiance is charming and warm; it’s a small, candle-lit dining room with plenty of space between tables and you can actually hear yourself talk.

Our favorite cocktails are Kir Royales, which did not disappoint.

We started with prosciutto Di Parma & melon, which was the perfect way to start off the summer, and a salad with walnuts, apples, & Gorgonzola. The prosciutto was memorable.

We both had veal, which we only have once a year or so and it was prepared perfectly and well-seasoned, complemented by angel hair pasta and fresh veggies.

Dessert rounded off a special meal—gelato with cherries and liqueur, and classic, Tiramisu.

Another perfect meal at a hidden gem— still fabulous after more than three decades!

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j
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little NY gem in the heart of DC. Food is superb and a nice little place for celebrations, meetings or just a good meal.

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very neat place, cozy inside and feels like a hidden locals only gem. The service is great and the food was overall good. My girlfriend got the seafood stew and really liked it! I got the Veal prosciutto and it was decent but kinda chewy/ tough. I wish I got the Marsala instead, it looked better from mom what I saw around me. We will come back and I will try a different entree.

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RE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A special place. Quiet. Old school. A place where the kitchen turns out excellent tortellini in brodo or gnocchi.

Lots if space between tables. So a good place for a quiet lunch. Skip the house special veal. At least during our visit it was rubbery and not very interesting.

Overall a good place right off the busy Dupont Circle area.

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W
New England
52 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a most enjoyable lunch at this tiny below-Street level Italian restaurant restaurant that I literally walked past several times. Google maps doesn’t provide great guidance, so my appetite was great when I finally found it! I wasn’t disappointed at all. The chef customized my veal tortellini dish with real mushrooms and prosciutto. It brought back memories of the tortellini alla pana e prosciutto that I used to enjoy in Europe.

Somehow, the restaurant also found out that I was celebrating my birthday. I was surprised with a slice of tiramisu and a lit candle!

I will definitely be back! I just hope that I can find the restaurant again.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the if not the best Italian meal I have ever had!!!

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D
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place. Great for a date or business. Very clean with nice decor.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Katia, was wonderful. The dishes came out rather quickly and were hot and delicious.
The Tiramisu was without a doubt the best I’ve ever had! We would definitely return.

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s
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful old world italian restaurant. Food was great! The noise level was quiet. We were able to hear each other. Would definately go back.

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C
Washington DC
620 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Pollo Marsala was a perfect size, angel hair pasta was great as was the spinach side.

Nice little out of the way location makes it intimate and cool. Great service.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The bread was ghastly. In an Italian restaurant that's unimaginable.

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, the service excellent, always nice to go to this cozy restaurant

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TO
Little Rock
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in DC. Their subtle, delicious sauces are different for every pasta dish. The eggplant appetizer is unique and easily the best we’ve ever ate.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Great service. Only think not up to par with everything else was the bread. Warmed bread would have made it perfect.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in DC! Best authentic Italian food in the city and friendliest staff you can wish for. Thank you and we'll be back very soon!

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M
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a dinner. Very friendly and warm staff.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Welcoming, inviting, great service and solid home Italian food! Just what we were looking for after a day touring DC!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Giovanni’s! We come every time we are in D.C.! Closest thing to being in Italy! Great food, service & ambiance!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Meal started with martinis; the glasses were filled halfway and were just not good. Food was mediocre; soggy tiny salad on a huge plate miniature cannoli that were literally about 1” x 3” for $7.50 - you got two but still. For the price, you can do much better at Otello or even Dupont Italian Kitchen.

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LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked restaurant as close to our hotel and was out first night in Washington. We were delayed at the airport and so had to amend our booking by 1 hour. The restaurant were fine about changing the booking and it was a busy Friday evening. When we arrived we did have to wait a little while for a table but that was ok. Food good , very noisy however as restaurant small and tables close together. Added to ambience

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A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

very very enjoyable neighborhood treat - the restaurant is so cute inside, it really reminded me of Italy. the service was congenial, well informed and fun. highly recommend this little hideaway.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, charming restaurant with great food and excellent service!

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JW
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was very helpful. Wine by the glass pour was very generous. Lasagna was good, veal McCoy was excellent. Caprice salad was very very good. We’ll be back.

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Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are many good selections and all are reliable. Pasta and fish entrees and appetizers make an overall very good time.

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have be eating at Trattu for over 20 years and continue to go back again and again.

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D
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, but we waited almost an hour for our first course. Will give it another try.

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Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy, quaint, perfect service and delicious food! This was such a lucky find for our team of business travelers.

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GM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian in a quaint setting ... Old school Neighborhood Italian joint... really good food.

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c
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice old world Italian spot for locals that looks to have been around for a long time. Friendly staff and cozy dining room. I felt the red sauce was on the salty side and the food was ok.

I dined with 3 other people from out of town who thought it was great, so I guess it falls somewhere between ok and great.

If you want the local feel and don't want the chain and restaurant row experience this might be a little spot to check out.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large crowd for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon event. They were so accommodating for our Pasta meal -- before the race event. Lots of picky eaters, did not upset their kitchen. The pasta was delicious and authentic. We all had a great meal before our event. THANK YOU!! Giovanni Trattu..

_Lynn

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FR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual the food, service and atmosphere were excellent. They treat us like family!

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BD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. The food and the service are fantastic! The veal and all the classic pasta dishes are wonderful too!

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a
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely small, reasonably-priced local restaurant with friendly service. Our dinner was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience, except that the food itself varied between very good and not very good. Filet of sole was the evenings' special, but it came out very mushy -- tasted good, but mushy. Olives in the martinis seemed very old, bland and soggy. yet the antipasto plate was delicious and the olives on that plate were good. So, for a very nice local evening in a relaxing and reasonably-priced restaurant, I recommend the restaurant, but don't have high expectations of the food.

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