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.
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.
This restaurant is closed effective July 21st, 2016. It's a great loss.
Had Kennedy Center tix for 7 pm and the server was so helpful in ensuring we got out on time. Thank you!
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.
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.
It was a nice place with good service but only average food especially given price.
It is too sad for Washington institution to close. Hope it will have good management for next restuarant.
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.
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.
Good traditional Italian in convenient location. Servers slow to warm but competent/business like. Excellent pasta.