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Primi Piatti

733 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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Primi Piatti has been in business and serving the area of Washington DC since 1987. One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant is that it was the first restaurant to import its wood-burning grill from Italy to make authentic Italian pizza. Primi Piatti is known for a world-class atmosphere and the place to be for late night dinning. It�s classy and comfortable with beautiful sconce lighting.

Primi Piatti offers a bar lunch meal that is affordable and tasty. You can indulge in pan roasted filet of salmon with butter, lemon and capers sauce or try the roasted lamb with mint, anchovies and rosemary. A Caesar salad comes with each entr�e, as well. If you are in the mood for pizza, the positano with mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto, basil and shaved parmigiana is a great bet.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Happy Hour 04:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 223-3600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Savino Recine
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Private party facilities
Primi Piatti has been in business and serving the patrons of the Washington DC metroplolitan area since 1987. The restaurant has been recognized for its excellent service and authentic menu with many rewards from members of the media and by food and beverage critics.
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Private party contact
Andy Correa: (888) 396-5937
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The dining room has a cozy atmosphere with dark wood and glass panels. The restaurant seating is divided into three sections, offering private seating for large parties. The maximum seating in the main dining room is 120. A large private room “The Secondi Piatti” accommodates 40 and a small private room “The Wine Sellar” seat 20 and all together seat 60 people. The bar lounge is very large and can seat 30, but can hold up to 60 standing.
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Parking details
Valet parking from 5:00pm $8.00
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Public transit
Three blocks from foggy bottom and farragut west Metro stations
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New Year's Eve at Primi Piatti
Savino's best STAGE MAGIC SHOW with a great six course dinner,
Savino will perform his best illusions and for the finale will perform a very dangerous stunt called "THE BULLET CATCH"
Which some Magicians tried and did not succeed.
Join us for an evening that you will cherish for a long time
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Special events & promotions
An Incredible, Delicious and Ample variety of Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts,On our Restaurant Week Menu, Please join us from January 09 through January 31, P. S. Our Regular Menu is Available,
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BrendanO (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

This restaurant is closing at the end of July 2016, but I wanted to note a couple of things in this review. Overall the food and service at Primi Piatti are satisfactory, but nothing that will leave a lasting impression. We found the service to be accommodating to our party of 6, including one newborn and one toddler. The server was a professional, if a bit cheeky at times, but overall fine. What left a bad taste in our mouth was the lack of value for your dollar. There is not a single dish under $20 in the pasta section. Save for fresh seafood, everyone knows that pasta is one of the cheapest dishes to prepare - this points to an over 100% overhead charge on each pasta dish. We also ordered a penne with butter for my 3 year-old. It cost $16.00 and he got a half a bowl of rigattoni drowned in a cup of butter. Poor guy was covered in butter, but still hungry after downing the whole thing, and asked for "more pasta??" Our sentiments exactly, for this alleged primo Italian spot that just doesn't deliver.

Michael (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

This restaurant is closed effective July 21st, 2016. It's a great loss.

vipDCfoodie1 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Had Kennedy Center tix for 7 pm and the server was so helpful in ensuring we got out on time. Thank you!

JanB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Primi Piati was the perfect place for our gathering of former colleagues. ThStaff was welcoming especially to late-comers and did everything to make our event special. I recommend Primi Piati to you as a special, welcoming and fun place with excellent food and wine.

MikeDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

Sadly, this restaurant business has been sold by longtime owner, Savino Recine. The new owners, I understand, will be bringing on-board a new staff, but I hope that they'll keep some of the excellent wait staff from the existing team. To Savino and those who will be leaving, thank you . . . you will be missed.

Nancy (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

It was a nice place with good service but only average food especially given price.

Walter (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

It is too sad for Washington institution to close. Hope it will have good management for next restuarant.

vipChris (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

If you feel like paying twice as much as you should, eat here. It is not worth it. The prices are ridiculous and you can get much better Italian food at other restaurants. Plus the waiters are always dismissive which makes this a poor place for a business lunch.

vipNormandieFarm (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

We decided to use this restaurant to celebrate our daughter graduation. We were there 30 min early and they sat us right away. The food was average, but considering how expensive it was - it should have been better. The waiter was not able to answer our questions about wines, nor about side dishes. Most dishes were very lemony, even the steak. The pizza for appetizer was good. Pasta entries had less food that you would expect for the price. We thought we would be able to split $10 desert, but the portions were very small. All in all, I would not go there back and would not recommend this restaurant.

vipRegularChicagoDiner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Good traditional Italian in convenient location. Servers slow to warm but competent/business like. Excellent pasta.

vipMarthaCritique (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

Not the optimal place to eat. Uneven service and delivered the wrong order.

vipNightlife2Nature (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Primi Piatti has delicious, fresh and vibrant food menu. The attention to detail by the staff is incredible. I will certainly be back!

KAT1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Great food; great service; good food selection cannot wait to come back for more.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Far too expensive for below average quality of food.

Rocky (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

I had given up on Primi Piatti as restaurant with a predictable menu of conventional dishes that were unexceptional. It seemed to survive mostly by catering to expense account types at lunchtime. So a recent meal there was a welcome surprise. The service was excellent -- an elegant, worldly Moroccan waiter, who would be as comfortable in a Paris bistro as in a Rabat eatery -- the wine list was sufficiently varied and the single glass options were reasonably priced (and delicious). My salmon and vegetables, although a little buttery, were cooked to perfection; my lunch mate's selection, a seafood special, left him happy as a clam. I will definitely be going back soon!