Alta Strada Mosaic

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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

Complimentary Appetizer

Book your reservation Tuesday–Thursday from 5–6pm and receive a free appetizer—choose from a large salad, housemade ricotta or crunchy meatballs—with the purchase of an entree. Limit one per table. This special cannot be redeemed with happy hour or other coupons/specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 8, 2019

Ends: October 9, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 5:00PM-6:00PM

Mosaic Mondays: $15 Pastas

Enjoy any pasta dish for $15 all day long!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 14, 2019

Ends: October 15, 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 583 People Are Saying
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ZP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the shrimp and grits (brunch only). The grits are fried as a patty so the outside is crispy and inside creamy, custardy and yet airy. The shrimps are fresh, and the red peppers are sweet. The sauce (enriched by a very soft lightly cooked poached egg) is amazing - we save the bread to mop all the goodness up.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is always fresh and delicious, it is slightly overpriced for pasta but that’s why I try and go on a Monday for the 1/2 price deal. The restaurant is very loud and the tables are close together. Service is usually good, I don’t think the wait staff is ever overloaded. As with anywhere some servers are better than others. I’ve experienced both here.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Lucas was amazing and very attentive with lots of food knowledge and the food was amazing! Great experience overall.

GW
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a reunion! Supposed to be 16 but ended up being 10. The staff was accommodating. The food was fantastic! We all got something from the brunch menu. I had the French Toast - probably the best French Toast I've ever had! Everyone enjoyed their food.

R
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch and shared the everything bagel/lox pizza and the caprese sandwich/fries and both were perfection! The pizza really was the size of a pizza! Latte left a latte to be desired--very weak but they didn't charge us. Overall a really good dining experience.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great service was excellent, The manager came over and help chose with choosing a bottle of wine.

LU
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit. Pasta was great. The complimentary bread could be better. I would return for the pasta.

BE
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I had been to Alta Strada with both friends and family and always had a wonderful experience. The food is wonderful and the service had been good. When my daughter asked for a nice place with delicious food for Homecoming, I highly recommended Alta Strada and made the reservation for their group. They very much enjoyed the food and said the staff was very nice until the bill was presented when they were informed that they could not pay in cash nor could the bill be split. When I had visited this restaurant, the bill was assuredly split and I have paid in cash. She called me in a panic but was able to work it out with the manager. I hope that in the future that Alta Strada will treat its younger customers with more courtesy. I was disappointed to learn of how my daughter and her friends had been treated.

Alta Strada Mosaic
Responded on October 12, 2019

Hello Beth, I am sorry to hear of the confusion with your daughter's group over the weekend and wanted to apologize about the miscommunication. We always accept cash payments and we can split a check up into six equal payments between credit cards. That should have been communicated to whomever made the reservation for the large party and I apologize for the mess. I am happy to hear they enjoyed their dinner and that it was able to be worked out night of. I hope to see you on your next visit.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had to wait for a long time to be served our main entree. The server only came by a couple of times during our long wait for food. She said they were really busy and the kitchen was backed up. The restaurant needs to manage their seating policy, so this doesn't happen again.

ZZ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date night. Good service and high quality food

KT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The vodka penne (they were able to serve it without prosciutto for us since we are pescatarians) and the branzino fish were both great. Our waiter was friendly and prompt. With a reservation on a busy Friday night we were able to eat outside, which is always nice on a night with lovely weather.

PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just great food and service. My husband and friends enjoyed the entire experience. Will definitely come back again!

J
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Hostess was not friendly - pretty rude and did not greet. Food was good though.

g
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, especially the chicken caesar salad that I had for lunch - it's huge and very filling. I've also enjoyed the pasta with mushrooms on a prior visit. Service is outstanding!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Employee’s 15 year service anniversary

JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Menu is pretty narrow. My rigatoni was seriously over-spiced. I grew up in north Jersey and have been to Italy at least ten times so I know what Italian foods should taste like! The service was fine, but the wine list is grossly over priced.

LN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant....excellent food....great time. Will definitely be back.

DA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really, really good. I had an amazing eggplant dish that I’ve been thinking about days later. I highly recommend it! My husband loved his steak. And, the drinks were delicious!

MS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and wine selection. attentive server. great location overlooking the common area.

KW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good modern northern Italian food. Interesting menu choices and the service was very good. Great for a date or just with friends

GM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife and I were underwhelmed by the food preparation, presentation and choices at this supposedly upscale restaurant. It was not worth the money, there are better options in the Mosaic District at this price point. Service was good, but not great. Overall, it would be hard to entice me to go back there again.

I
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at Alta Strada and it was terrific. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.

LH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My entree and dessert were surprisingly wonderful. The service was perfect. The aragula salad appetizer was lacking--wish the menu had described it better. I will go again as it is appealing and closeby.

KC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but customer service was lacking. We ordered the mushroom pasta along with the giant chicken parmesan. Our waiter was not very friendly. It was also really slow when we came in so we expected better service but we were disappointed.

HK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing; ambience and server were good too. Only took away a start for service as we could not find our server toward the latter part of the meal for refills and later for the check; but another server gladly stepped in to help us.

BJ
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been planning to eat here for some time and very glad we finally did. Our server, Lucas, was a gem. He explained the prep and ingredients of each dish we had questions on and was generally attentive without intervening unnecessarily during our meal. I had the mafalde and loved its creamy, rich mushroom goodness. My husband had rigatoni. We both appreciated the homemade pastas and flavorful sauces. Our caesar salads were ok but nothing unusual and a bit heavy on the dressing. Overall, Inviting ambience, great service, and interesting menu with quality preparation set Alta Strada above the rest.

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A good meal, took advantage of Pasta Monday. Pasta dishes are twelve dollars which is a deal!

ZP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the appetizers - especially the Stracciatella dish (the cheese tasted so fresh and the aged balsamic and sliced tomatoes perfectly complemented the cheese) and the tender mussels. Carlos, the waiter, brought us some balsamic vinegar that we requested for the complimentary bread along with chili flakes and freshly grated cheese!

JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food and service was good but nothing exceptional.

c
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite restaurant. exceptional quality food and good sized portions for main dish and some of the appetizers. can't afford to go all the time, but it's the place to go for a nice date night every once in a while.

DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

First time trying to restaurant and i was very glad I did. tried the restaurant week menu and it was more than enough and full of delicious treats. Service was a bit off. the server poured a new type of wine into the same glass i had used previously, which still had a bit of another type of wine. when i get a different wine, i’d expect to get a brand new glass. I’m pretty sure my food was put in wrong even when I corrected the server before they rung it in, so it caused my meal to be even more delayed. However the food was exquisite and even my italian father said he loved their tomato sauce.

j
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
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 on August 13, 2019
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
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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.

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!

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
14 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!

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