The Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

Washington, D.C., home to leading diplomats and top politicians, also serves up some of the country's most unforgettable meals. Upscale restaurants neighbor local favorites that have been plating up hearty pasta plates for decades. But where are the true foodies of the city eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants in DC. Here’s where they’re dining now in the capital.

Restaurants:Al Tiramisu, Siroc Restaurant, Floriana
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Dupont Circle, Downtown

Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
834 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Warm, welcoming, celebrity hangout, Al Tiramisu serves up authentic Italian flavors. Since the restaurant opened in 1996, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has brought classic, rustic cuisine tRead more
97% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,194 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Siroc Restaurant, located just off of McPherson Square, offers a casual, intimate atmosphere that leaves pretension at the door. The food is classic and innovative, with a seasonalRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in Washington, D.C. Area

Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,036 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Enjoy going “home” to eat when stepping through the doors of the converted row house that is the front of Floriana. Dupont Circle is home to some of the best Italian restaurants inRead more
95% recommended
Italian in District of Columbia

RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,610 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
RPM Italian in D.C. continues the tradition of excellence set by the Chicago restaurant of the same name. The ultra-modern decor creates a clean slate for the elegant updates to trRead more
93% recommended
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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,210 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
For a night out, dressed up to the nines, an evening at Cafe Milano can't be beat. This intimate eatery combines the best of Milanese fashion and food with a decor that features frRead more
89% recommended
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Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,166 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Delightful dining in Washington, D.C. extends well in to the surrounding areas with Cesco Osteria in Bethesda serving up some of the best Tuscan-inspired dishes in the capital. TeaRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,287 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef Vittorio Testa brings traditional Italian cooking methods to fresh, high-quality ingredients at Ristorante La Perla of Washington. This five-star Italian eatery puts the emphaRead more

Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,203 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Sicilian influences are everywhere at Osteria da Nino, one of the best restaurants for Italian in DC's suburbs. The Arlington, Virginia, location means diners leave the hustle and Read more
100% recommended
Best Value in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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Urbana Dining & Drinks

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Dupont Circle
1,454 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
Dupont Circle, one of the most well-known neighborhoods in Capital City, is also home to some of the best Italian in DC. Urbana, a casual Italian eatery, is part of the food scene Read more
84% recommended
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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,065 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Warm and whimsical encapsulate the decor at Mele Bistro. Patches of painted and exposed brick contrast with the raw, natural polished wood of the bar and white linen tables. Oven-bRead more
100% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,420 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Ristorante Piccolo in Historic Georgetown turns any night out into a romantic occasion. Book a table on the second-floor balcony for a stunning view of the C&O Canal to complement Read more
91% recommended

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
561 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Lunch
Flavio offers an unpretentious atmosphere that blends industrial decor with classic Italian food. Exposed brick and uncovered tables put the focus on an affordably priced menu thatRead more
88% recommended

Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,701 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
One of the capital's best-kept secrets, Ristorante Bonaroti is in Vienna, Virginia. This classic restaurant welcomes you with the Italian hospitality that is such a big part of a fRead more
100% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
5,297 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Kid-friendly
Southern Italian is on the menu at Carmine's in Washington, D.C. Located in the Penn Quarter, a night at this family-friendly restaurant is accessible from every area of the city. Read more
89% recommended

Bellissimo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
1,262 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
The unassuming facade of Bellissimo Restaurant hides a long list of culinary delights. The carpaccio di carne is bright, peppery, and covered in a healthy sprinkle of parmesan. TheRead more
95% recommended

Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,668 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Exposed brick, white tablecloths, and a massive fireplace turn Il Porto Ristorante into a dining spot that is nostalgic and cozy. Its Old Town location in Alexandria means there isRead more
93% recommended

Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,131 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Sit back and relax at one of the white-clothed tables at Fontina Grille. The warm wood tones and muted lighting create an intimate atmosphere that encourages congenial conversationRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,608 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Exposed beams, dark wood, plenty of patio seating, and intricate murals create unique spaces inside i Ricchi, an authentic Tuscan restaurant in Dupont Circle. The menu is imaginatiRead more
96% recommended

Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
786 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Fine dining is at its best at Carmello's. This elegant restaurant combines the flavors of the Mediterranean, Portugal, and Italy for complex plates with an unexpected twist. An awaRead more
89% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

La Panetteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
748 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Impeccable service and a cozy, old-world atmosphere keep diners coming back to La Panetteria. This Bethesda gem features a menu that pulls from the best of both Northern and SoutheRead more
93% recommended
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