Il Canale

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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of Georgetown, il Canale offers the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in DC, thin-crust made by our Italian pizzaiolos cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. The kitchen offers a menu that brings our native country to your table with every selection—antipasti, pastas, seafood, meat, fresh bufala mozzarella from Italy, and much more. The attractive blue-lit, full bar specializes in select Italian wines. In warm weather, dine alfresco at the sidewalk tables or on the roof-top terrazza overlooking the Georgetown scene.
Be sure to check out our lunch menu, featuring delicious paninis made with our fresh bread baked instantly in our wood fire brick oven and four new pasta items. Our happy hour, from 4-7 pm Monday-Friday, features all drinks at 1/2 price! (Happy Hour restricted to bar area).
Coming down from M Street, il Canale is the 2nd restaurant on the left.
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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was amazing!

LS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

No complimentary olive oil and bread or bread and butter for the table. Italian restaurants usually serve olive oil parmesan and bread complimentary .

MC
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easy to get a last-minute reservation and food was fantastic!

GG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice neighborhood restaurant and pizza place. Super busy and very efficient at getting people in an out. Food and wine was excellent. Will definitely be back

KC
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food..,,fun spot with friendly service!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Canale is an amazing Italian Pizzeria. As a born-Italian I could not be happier to have Il Canale in Georgetown! Service is superb and food amazing. What do you want more? Love it

OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also was our server and was amazing. We had a wonderful date night and Aldo recommended a very good bottle of cab for us. Everything was perfect

KD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, great drinks and a perfect location.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place! Excellent pizza

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I have had in a restaurant!

KK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Il Canale is a great place for friends and family. Even though Il Canale has a casual ambiance, the quality of the food is high. The place has wonderful thin crust pizza that leaves you feeling satisfied and surprisingly good meatballs.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food pasta is amazing as always! Waitress was extreme nice and recommended great wine!

c
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Stick with the pizza (I guess). This place has pretty good reviews but seems like it's for their pizzas. We order a pasta dish and a steak dish. Both dishes were way overpriced for the quality and taste (specially the steak). Service was good.

AM
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I’ve had outside of Naples! Don’t miss the pizza!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Packed and honestly not sure why. Good but not great.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at reasonable prices (especially Georgetown!)!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Crowded, rushed, food average

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

VR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

When we arrived at the restaurant, one of the workers was giving away free pizza, which was AMAZING!!! As we had read about the gnocchi, we ordered that, the lobster ravioli, and 2 salads. We also both tried drinks off the specialty menu—Everything was fantastic!!!

The service was wonderful too. My only complaint was that the different courses were served too quickly (in the middle of the previous one). Nonetheless, my mom and I definitely plan to return soon!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Couldn’t have dinner. They booked a lot people together at the same time.

ES
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food , exceptional service.These folks really care about making their customers happy!
Celebrated my birthday with family, a fun evening!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The greeter immediately showed us to what he said was the only quiet table. It was out of the way, and we could converse normally. We were very grateful for his giving us that table without even being asked. Our server was wonderful, responding quickly to our every request. Three of us ordered the lobster ravioli. Afterwards all I could remember was the overly tomato-y sauce. I could not remember having tasted any lobster. The tiramisu was fabulous.

KK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

N
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Al dente perfection! We were blown away by the value of this place. Pizza samples up front began an evening that pleased even the palette of my pure northern Italian roots. The bread was delicious, menu options plentiful, Chianti good at a moderate price. Food came out surprisingly quickly -- authentic & delicious.

The table at which we were seated was next to an extremely loud group. I wish the management had offered a quieter location to accommodate us, but that is no big deal.

RD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best DOC pizza around. Their Regina pizza is simply amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Sat by the window. Food was good

N
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic italian. The food was delicious.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico. Pizza eccellente. Servizio ottimo. Locale molto tranquillo e curato.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a visitor to DC, I wasn't expecting such a crowd. Tons of people were waiting for a table, however I was seated at my reservation time exactly. We got a nice table, near the back where it was quiet. The service was impeccable. Everything timed just right. And the food was exceptional. I can't wait to get back there!

DT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner.
Salads were excellent. Different meals at the table, pizza, bronzino, gnocchi and lasagna. Everyone thought it was excellent. Service was great - Aldo was awesome!

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Could not wait to eat with our boys after we tried it last year. Pizza was delicious, antipasti was beautiful. One of our favorite DC spots. Make a rezzie!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster ravioli was perfect. Great place to have a nice dinner.

JO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food; terrific service. They NEVER disappoint!

SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location and service.
Excellent food and wines!!!

CR
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had great service and wine!

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is buzzing with energy. The service was excellent. The waitress was attentive and recommended an excellent bottle of wine. The pizza was very tasty and thin crust. We like it crispier on the bottom. I would go back and ask for the pizza to be well done.

AM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As advertised...great food, fun atmosphere and our server Patrick was exceptional.

PW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Delicious desserts! Would highly recommend.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner! We made reservations for 6:15 and got there about 15 minutes early. They were able to take us on back and we had quick service. I ordered the Gnocchi with Bolognese (I also added meatballs, what can I say, I wanted them!) and a glass of wine. The meal was served hot and was excellent. The entire table was pleased with their meal and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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