Alta Strada Mosaic

4.3
551 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Whether nibbling on small plates at the bar or patio, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. Michael Schlow brings Italian to DC with a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.

Specials

Restaurant Week ($22 Lunch/Brunch & $35 Dinner)

Join us from August 12–25 for Summer Restaurant Week. Visit our website to see the menu and details.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 17, 2019

Ends: August 26, 2019

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-11:00PM

Mosaic Mondays $12 Pastas

Enjoy $12 pastas all day long!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 21, 2019

Ends: May 22, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:30PM

Mosaic Mondays $12 Pastas

Enjoy $12 pastas all day long!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 20, 2019

Ends: May 21, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:30PM

$10 Two Slices of Pizza and Salad Lunch Special!

Two Margherita or Bianca pizza slices with your choice of arugula, Caesar, or mixed greens salad only for $10 - everyday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 30, 2019

Ends: May 1, 2118

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-3:00PM

Half off Bottles of Wine

50% off bottles under $150
25% off bottles over $150

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 30, 2019

Ends: May 1, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:30PM

What 551 People Are Saying
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j
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chose Alta Strada for their "2 slices of pizza plus salad" lunch special, but it was restaurant week so we had to order off the restaurant week special menu. The food was very good, but we ended up paying over twice what we planned to pay for the usual pizza lunch special.

SC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious Italian food. A bit pricey for an evening out. Went during Restaurant week and felt the three course meal was priced fairly. Mixed green salad was delicious. Burrata cheese appetizer - delicious. Great meatballs and pasta!

TL
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

5000 points really should have been worth more but maybe because of the special week?

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, I would highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

The waiter avoided our table for forty minutes, we sat down and they didn’t bring bread to our table. We had to ask her to bring bread when we ordered the food. My friend got the rotini with vodka sauce, her food was half cooked and it was a small portion. My other friend got the mafalde, she got home and got sick. The process for paying was strange. We were told that they couldn’t split the check for us. It was a confusing process and overall bad night for my birthday dinner.

CS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the white pizza with rosemary but we didn’t get any rosemary flavor. The cheese appetizer was good.

s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice lunch, good food, pricey given the portions. Everyone enjoyed the visit.

CF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spacious eatery with non-traditional interior motif for Italian food. Exceptionally friendly staff, working as a team. Concise menu. Food is good but slightly salty and heavy for our taste. Peroni beer on tap!

L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. fresh, well presented and with delicious sauces and seasonings. The dessert was not too sugary-sweet. Service was good; the staff was very welcoming and helpful. The waiter turned down the music volume when we asked! The seats could be more comfortable! Other than that, a lovely dining experience.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food here is outstanding. We wish that the staff had not waited until we had completely finished our salads to bring our main course. It's nice to mix things up a bit while dining. Also, leaving the bread on the table for the duration would be nice. Our server was kind and attentive.

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. Been here a lot and never had a bad meal. The creativity and flavors are wonderfully put together and the presentation is always beautiful!

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The second time I've been here and have always enjoyed all the food. Service was slightly lacking considering it wasn't crowded...had to ask for coffee refills and server never took away menus. Not a huge deal. Will definitely come back.

VE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We sat outside, which was a pleasant experience. Our main course was slow to arrive, though. But otherwise a good experience. The food was very good.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Some of the servers and hostesses were rude but the food was alright

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was wonderful, I regret that I forgot his name. Seating for 2 was a bit tight, we felt we were always in the way. Really sad that the short rib and cherry dish is no longer on the menu. Chicken Parm was huge, but delicious.

B
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Tried to hide my review by canceling my reservation two hours after I paid the check. Slime ball manager.

MF
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. Easily answered our questions and helped us decide what order for dinner. Our dinners were fantastic. The chicken parm was huge and delicious. We were sad to learn that one of our favorite pastas will be replaced but that won’t stop us from going to Alta Strada again. It will make us try another entree to enjoy.

v
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorites in the Mosaic District. The pastas, entrees and appetizers are great. Menu changes a bit seasonally. Very nice wine list. Service is good. We especially love discounted pasta dishes on Mondays!

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and the waiter was very personable. However, it took a while to get our drinks. Probably not his fault???

DQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and food was delicious .
The service was great and we got time to relax and talk!

B
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place but very noisy!

E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting combination of foods we like. The menu is small but unique.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Server was terrific but over worked. Didn’t see him for awhile after main course!

Lamb was terrific but with the bone there wasn’t much to eat!

Table of 8 enjoyed the dinner very much. I will return!

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second visit to Alta Srada, and an equally enjoyable experience. Accommodating staff, excellent service, and a varied and flavorful menu.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server.

MA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server was over the top - experienced and professional. Alta Strada Mosaic is a very casual Italian restaurant that serves good food and seems targeted toward family dining. There were several tables for two, but the ambiance and acoustics are not suitable for an intimate experience. That said, we were very impressed by our server and our reservation time was honored.

VJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took awhile to get a waitor, dish I ordered was good but not as good as the last time (two weeks earlier) I ordered it. The difference was the sauce was watery this time and was thick and more was provided the last time and I loved it. Not as much this time because it was skimpy and watery. Couldn’t get regular coffee until 20 minutes into meal because none was brewed. We ate quickly and didn’t linger. The trout was delicious, just as it was two weeks earlier. All in all it was ok but not as enjoyable as two weeks earlier

JM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food and wine. Salmon and Branzino were excellent. Malbec by the glass was tasty.

VC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Usually very good, but tonight the arugula was old and tired and the chicken parm was weird. Super thick, not pounded. Seemed like chef just used hunk a hunk of breast and breaded it. Hope it’s not going downhill.

VJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitor was wonderful and very attentive. Food was delicious and satisfying. Enjoyed dinner with friends very much

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place are ok , the service amazing, Food was great.

r
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fabulous pasta dishes. I lived in Italy for a year and am very particular about authentic Italian cuisine. Alta Strada is a favorite and the staff was amazing. You are missing a real treat if this isn’t on your list of regulars.

T
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Staff is friendly even when nearing closing; service isn’t compromised because of that. Servers make genuine suggestions and find ways to connect with you. I dined alone indoors- would be ideal for a date. Food is tasty & $12 is a great blanket price to experience new pasta dishes! Will be back.

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hosts were very friendly and welcoming. Servers were well trained and attentive. Some dish Flavor profiles were unique for Italian cuisine. Small menu but they pulled it off. However, two criticisms: They ran out of their signature Giant Chicken Parmigiana and the food delivery was way too slow for a half empty restaurant.

T
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Promptly seated at reservation time, wait staff a little slow and overall the time to get initially greeted, delivered drinks and food was seemingly long. The suggestions made were on point. Food was delicious, ambiance is nice.

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Wife’s Birthday!

TR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Server was attentive.
Very good bread.
Pasta noodles in Baked Ziti were undercooked. On the hard side of al dente. Little prosciutto in the dish.
Flavor of sauce on tagliatelle was bland.

Alta Strada Mosaic
Responded on June 11, 2019

Good Afternoon Mr. Thomas, Thank you so much for dining with us recently. I am sorry that your experience with us was less than stellar. We are diligently working on creating a delicious and authentic menu, so we will definitely take into consideration your observations. I hope that you would consider giving us another chance to wow you. Sincerely, Meana Manager, Alta Strada Mosaic

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DL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Main dish of interest, gnocchi, for some reason not available. The crunchy meatballs were okay. The mushroom pasta portion large but dense and overly heavy. Sitting on patio enjoyed watching a yoga class. Inside was too chilly and dark on a bright hot day. Just not impressed. Frequent visitor to Mosaic so I thought I'd try.

m
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was very good but the service was slow and spotty. The server wasn’t around when we needed.

A
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot to try if you tire of all the more popular eateries & their typical menu choices

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