Lavagna - Washington DC
The beautiful, Genoan village of Lavagna has long been known for its abundant slate production, quarried in the Capenardo and S. Giacomo mountains nearby. Over the years, "Lavagna" became synonymous with "chalkboard".
The menu at Lavagna portrays our idea that food should be just like a chalkboard: simple, fresh, and innovated often.
Lavagna relies on a network of trusted local farmers for the ingredients that form the basis of our simple, contemporary Italian dishes. Our ever-changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer.
Voted Best Italian in the 2015 AND 2016 AND 2017 Best of DC Washington City Paper Reader's Poll!
Beef & Pork / Red Wine / Mirepoix / Thick Spaghetti
Amish Cornmeal Papardelle / Lamb Ragu / Red Peppers
Basil / Pine Nuts / Choice of Protein: Chicken or Italian Sausage
My mom and I enjoyed Easter dinner at Lavagna. Their food is always delicious and we appreciate the service that Nate and his colleagues provided.
The food here is heavenly. The service is impeccable. Staff is like family. Only complaint is the limited menu (totally understandable given COVID), bring back the ravioli! Please! That said, one of the best restaurants in the city. No question.
Great service from Brandon. We came to celebrate a birthday, and they did a great job making us feel special and well attended to. Wednesdays and Sundays they offer half price on their bottles of wine
This was not a very good experience or food compared to when we were there pre-COVID. I hope that it can return to its old self soon.
Very friendly and patient server. My friend is currently avoiding all kinds of food ingredients, but they handled it. We both enjoyed our meals. It was very quiet. This place deserves to be more busy! I'll be back.
Lavagna is a DC hidden gem!
Had a wonderful time!!
We love this place. The food is always excellent, the service is always attentive and polite, and they always suggest a great bottle of wine and never try to oversell you.
Another delicious and delightful meal at @Lavagna. Staff always create a warm, inviting and delectable experience.
Service was outstanding! Rigatoni pesto was the tables favorite. Thanks Brandon for a phenomenal experience.
It was our first time in Lavagna, we were greeted warmly and Nate made us feel right at home. The service was outstanding and the food was fresh and delicious. We will come back. Lavagna has a few tables outside too with heater.
My wife and I made reservations here because we spent a weekend in Washington DC. Very nice night. My Lamb Rague over Papperdelle was awesome!
The new tents they have for outdoor dining are nice and warm. Well done
Food prepared with passion! The menu was limited due to Covid and a decrease in staff, however, what was available was delicious. Lobster bisque
& Homemade pasta my husband ordered was delicious. I ordered the gluten free pasta (I assumed it was not homemade, because most places in PA don't make their own) That being said it was delicious! The lamb ragu was tender and flavorful! Our wait staff was very attentive and friendly. We sat inside, because tables outside where taken. Tables where more than 6 feet apart. Staff wore their masks correctly, and also wore gloves.
Fresh pasta was amazing. Wine recommendation was spot on. Great atmosphere and amazing food.
Outstanding food and service! Lavagna was clearly conscious of social distancing and my date and I felt comfortable and well serviced throughout the evening. Wonderful wine suggestion and the best sea bass we've ever experienced. Thank you so much! We'll be back soon!
Excellent meals, disappointing beer selection but good wine options
Excellent food, service was very good. It was a Saturday night and they were pretty busy. The staff is limited due to covid and our server said it wasn't usually this busy but I could tell they were really having to run to keep up. There are 5 tables outside, and inside about 7 tables (all spaced 6 feet or more apart). The Tuscan Shrimp was fabulous! Handmade pasta was excellent, and they have a gluten-free (and very tasty) pasta available as well.
Food was delicious, service was perfect, and the ambiance of outdoor seating was romantic.
Great experience, very helpful service and did not rush us as lots of folks have been doing during Covid. Great food and great place to get together!
I have been to Lavagna 3 times now and every meal is memorable. Outstanding fresh pasta with locally sourced ingredients at a reasonable price. Half priced wine night on Wednesday and Sunday nights with a wonderful staff. What more could ya ask for?!
Nice dinner at Lavagna with friends. We had the inside to ourselves. The food and service were both really good.
Friendly weight staff. Good wine at reasonable price. Excellent food
Excellent and friendly service at a time when Lavagna was short-staffed. Really appreciate the great service shown to my entire family and I. The food was awesome as always!
It was a lovely evening and we ate outside, a plus during COVID times! Our server Nathan was helpful with menu choices and attentive wi Th out being intrusive. The portion were generous and delicious. I would definitely return.
Every time I come to DC I must visit Lavagna! The food is delicious, service is amazing and worth the trip for any meal. They make you feel like family and their food is always wonderful. The wine selection is superb as well. I highly recommend and wish I lived closer to go more frequently!
Amazing birthday dinner for my husband. Our server Nate recommending a great vegan dish. Great service, great ambiance and great food.
Great food and service!
Phenomenal food, phenomenal atmosphere, phenomenal service. All around a fantastic experience!
Great service and food I personally loved my spaghetti bolognese. My partner on the other hand thought his pesto was a bit strong
Always great food and service...half price bottle of wine on Sunday...can't go wrong....
Pasta and service was great! The lobster bisque wasn’t worth it though. Was barley any lobster. The wine was great as was the pasta. Would return 9/10.
Very friendly staff and fun menu with fresh locally sourced ingredients
Very nice experience with good food and very friendly staff.
Patio seating was great, well-spaced out, food was absolutely delicious (as always), and service was fabulous - considerate, attentive, personal - our server was ready with bug spray when he simply overheard us mention mosquitos, conscientious about mask and glove wearing, and happy to help celebrate my friend's birthday! We got complimentary tiramisu at the end of our meal and the server, I, and everyone else on the patio sang to my friend and made her night :D. Thanks for a wonderful evening Lavagna!
Nice outdoor seating space, quick service.
Love the people and the food. Always friendly and top quality
We ate outside on the patio for one of our first covid restaurant meals. Great service. Checked in often but not too much. Everyone wore PPE and made us all feel very safe throughout. And holy hell, the lamb ragu was insanely good.
My husband and I have lived in this area for years and we go here all the time. You can taste that the food is high quality, and the pasta is handmade. Order anything because every dish is DELICIOUS!! Also, some restaurants get snippy when you ask them what farms they buy from, but Lavagna has a beautiful artistic map of the farms they source from right on their website. My kind of place! The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the wine and everything else! Expect not only the highest quality food but also the highest quality, engaging conversation. It's not easy to stay in business during these trying covid times but they are making it work. I hope they continue to do so, as the neighborhood, and our lives, would not be the same without Lavagna. THANK YOU!!!
This place is QUALITY food from scratch with amazing staff !! Lets help to keep it alive in the neighborhood !!
Lavagna - Washington DC does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Lavagna - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-5006.
Lavagna - Washington DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1490 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.