North Italia - Washington DC

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
At North, we focus on what we do best: Italian from scratch. Enjoy any of our handmade pastas and pizzas, created with seasonal ingredients and inventive flavors. Or, try a different signature dish, prepared with our fresh flavors from the garden, farm, and sea. We’ve hand crafted seasonal cocktails that pair great with our food, creating a real modern Italia experiences perfect for any occasion.
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AB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and a wonderful atmosphere!

TT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The winter seasonal salad was excellent, and the house-made pasta was delicious.

NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid lunch with a colleague. Wouldn’t definitely come back

GW
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu and lively atmosphere. At first glance, the cocktail menu looks 'rock star' worthy, but the result is a watery drink and bartender was heavy-handed on the lemon/lime in the drinks we had. Highlight was the Squid Ink Mafaldine.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Pasta came out cold. Asked them to heat it up, came back still cold. Honestly for the price I expected more and better.

F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with lots of choices and all were very well done. Enjoyed the ambience and the fact that I could have a great conversation without screaming! Plan to go again soon!

MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy coming here. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. There is a decent wine list that's not outrageously priced. Service is attentive. It can get a little on the loud side so I wouldn't call the environment intimate. But I would warmly recommend the overall experience.

b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are big fans of this restaurant. The food is consistent and excellent. Great cocktail menu too.

AJ
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant that is almost a year old. It's Northern Italian cuisine so you don't come out stuffed but satisfied.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I became violently ill within hours of eating at North Italia. So even though the food was reasonably good, the vibe was nice enough, and the service was friendly, I can't say that I will ever come back here.

s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our family's total experience at north italia was great. the ambiance was terrific, the service was attentive and friendly, the food was excellent......a very enjoyable time!! this was our third time dining at north italia and we will most certainly be back.

f
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

this is a great addition to the Pennsylvania Ave neighborhood - especially since it is open all afternoon - not just opening at 5:30 PM for dinner.
It is much quieter at off hours as well.
Food is pretty good too!

LF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Although he food never disappoints and the atmosphere is very nice, the service was absolutely horrible this time. This is reason enough to not come back anytime soon - she ignored us and was rude the entire night.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business meeting with my team. A bit noisy but we were able to conduct our business and have a wonderful lunch!

MR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I've eaten at North Italia twice now, and both times had a very satisfying experience. The zucca chips are addictive; and the "crispy" fried calamari over arugula with grilled lemon vinaigrette was very good -- although the calamari could have been just a tad crispier. They make a delicious simple salad, with pine nuts and gorgonzola vinaigrette. A friend ordered the Tuscan kale salad with pancetta, charred grapes, apple and pistacchio (parmesan vinaigrette) and was very happy with his choice. But the highlights for me were the pastas. The pasta bolognese (the house specialty) in a velvety sauce was truly excellent. And the squid ink mafaldine, with shrimp and calamari in a piquant red sauce was delightfully spicy and tasty -- even though I ordinarily don't care for squid ink pasta. (The server said it was her favorite dish). The restaurant is spacious, and can get fairly noisy in the bar area during happy hour -- although the noise level was acceptable at a table at the other end of the restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent atmosphere. Happened to go during DC restaurant week so we received a special for a 3-course meal and everything was superb and large enough portions to share. Service was great, never felt like I had to ask for anything. Loved the windows at the front of the restaurant and open concept.

F
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madeline is very nice..
The wait staff was wonderful! Very nice meal before a show at Kennedy center...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jackson, was excellent! Great attitude and very attentive! Nice experience overall. Going back tomorrow for brunch.

TM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic pizza and salad. Great service. Comfortable.

EG
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend North Italia. The food and service are always excellent. They will split dishes in the kitchen for those of us who like to share. The salmon is always cooked perfectly. And he pasta dishes are always delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Giant food in my food

d
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this establishment and it was totally enjoyable.

MG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal and service was excellent! It was my friend’s birthday and it felt like a special occasion for us all. Thanks!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special

A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Everything down to the drinks, pizza (gluten-free MH is to die for), dessert was spot on. I had the chicken parm and the tiramisu! Delicious! I will definitely be returning soon!

DC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dry-aged burger was cooked to perfection....and the caramelized onion marmelade was just right.

OD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well located window table for quiet conversation is not-busy setting. Congenial hostess and waitress. Excellent food and drink. Pasta Bolognese lived up to its billing.

d
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were excellent at brunch. Our 4 year old grandson was made to feel welcome and special.

LJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have eaten here three times and it has been very good. This time the entrees were way to sweet. We didn't have to pay and was offered a complimentary dessert. Overall a good experience

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and lovely ambiance.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The sauces were way too heavy and the pasta portions not equaled by the meat (chicken pesto dish)

I have a feeling the place will not be around very long. They need bigger variety of light sauces and meat and fish options.

I would call the place "South Italia" with the heavy rage type flavors. Too much in one plate.

f
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Definitely recommend the short rib and the pasta alla norcina! The two complaints I have are that they gave us dessert when we were still finishing dinner and tried to take away my dinner when I wasn’t done. Other than that 9/10.

UD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as Always!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for an intimate date or family outing. We will definitely dine there more often.

AH
Boise
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Great service and wonderful food! Thanks for making our leap into 2020 memorable!

RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the seasonal salad and thoroughly enjoyed. My friend had the Tuscan kale salad (which I had the last time) and also enjoyed. Great service and food, I plan to return often.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic! Good Italian food in an upscale but not stuffy environment. Definitely recommend.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The good bread and olive oil was delicious!!! Pasta was perfectly al dente and the meatballs and chicken parm... well, just perfect!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great meal before a show at the Kennedy Center. The food and service were both very good. This is definitely a go-to spot for us now.

AC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, fun atmosphere, great spot!