North Italia - Washington DC

4.4
163 reviews
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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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TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great salads and pizza and service. Got a nice booth. Enjoyed dinner in relaxed atmosphere.

k
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was positively terrible. Our server disappeared after our food was delivered. We had to ask three different servers to get our check and then had to ask a manager to process the credit card payment.

A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant except for the noise level. Good service, good food, reasonable prices, great expresso but so noisy my table companions and I had to almost shout to hear each other.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the service very much. Thank you.

MT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

While sitting @ my indoor table chatting with colleagues, waiting to be served, I felt a bite on my legs. I excused myself from the table to confirm my suspicion. I was right…mosquitos were dining on me. So, I asked for bug repellent and much to my surprise the Manager appeared with a bottle of repellent to spray my legs and a sincere apology. Suffice it to say, this wasn't an isolated incident. I'm nursing my bites today ):

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

The staff and the food are amazing!! I love eating here they treat you like family. The manager Joelle does an outstanding job!

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

My food was amazing and I had a wonderful time. The ambiance and service was fantastic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent with one exception. It took a very long time to get a cocktail.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten there multiple times but this last time the pizza dough was terrible! I hope this was just a bad day.

LP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Pretty bad evening. We arrived at 8:15 on a Saturday night, and the restaurant was at least 2/3 empty. We thought that was weird, but we had read great reviews on Yelp, so we persevered. The zucca chips were greasy, and seemed to be mostly fried dough, not really zucchini. Our other starter arrived with our meal. We indicated we had hoped to "start" with the "starters," and they apologized by saying that would comp it. When the check came, we had been charged for it. For our entrees, the pizza was soggy, and the prosciutto on the pizza had not had the chewy rind removed, so you couldn't cut it or chew it. Gross. The pesto pasta was absolutely dripping with sauce. Really pretty awful evening. There's a reason it was empty on a Saturday night at 8:15.

L
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived early and they were able to seat us immediately. The beer was good, the pizza was great. However, the cheese board appetizer was lackluster and was not a good value for $18. We have received much more and a wider variety of food for a more reasonable price. The waitress did a wonderful job and overall, it was an enjoyable evening.

ST
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter had fantastic suggestions. Everything I ordered was delicious...except my pizza was a little over-cooked. Still tasty and I’ll definitely return to try other items on the menu. Can’t overstate what great service I received.

s
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

North Italia provides a menu with a nice balance of favorite dishes and more innovative plates and a good selection of both mains and small plates. Everything is fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. The pasta is house made and excellent. The service is very professional and very pleasant - excellent all around. The space is open, light and airy, and despite the industrial materials it is made of, not as noisy as other restaurants of this design. We had a really pleasant, delicious dinner before going to the Kennedy Center.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good service. The location is easy to find and online booking is very easy and convenient.

d
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, would love some lower salt/fat options. Great service and ambience.

P
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Italia has our favorite brunch in D.C. Great food and the bartender Kelly is an excellent representative of North Italia.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a gluten free family, our pasta and pizza was amazing

TF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal at North. The food was excellent, including the GF pasta, and the portions were surprisingly large. We were celebrating our anniversary so they brought us dessert on the house! We will definitely return and recommend to others.

C
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was friendly food was good.

LN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The calamari was good, but not as crispy as advertised and the chicken parm was dry and over cooked. If it had been earlier in the evening, I would have sent both back, but it was late and I was hungry, so I just ate it. Definitely would not go back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bolognese was fantastic!

JW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Place is new and modern. Very nice atmosphere. The server was nice but service was very slow considering there were only a few people there. But it was more than made up for by the delicious food. The italian salad and the short rib radiatore pasta dish were great!

NZ
Charlotte
49 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting DC and picked North Italia for its proximity to our hotel. We were very happy with our dinners. We split the arancini appetizer along with the avocado arugula salad and "the pig" flatbread pizza. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful. Our server was very pleasant. We tried a couple of their specialty drinks and all were delicious. The restaurant is nice inside. Tables are not too close together. Definitely worth the trip.

w
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was excellent! The fish was prepared perfectly and everyone else enjoyed salads and pasta dishes. Our server was ok, nice but distracted. Would definitely return.

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is good but the service can be slow. Something to be mindful of if you have time constraints.

HF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My sixth visit. Have tried different items on the menu and all have been delicious. Favorites are the Cesar salad , calamari , bolognese and the pizzas Will definitely return

t
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had dinner scheduled with a friend. They were confused on dates and were 1/2 hr late. Our server (Sara) could not have been more hospitable despite the fact that the restaurant was full. Great ambiance with "good energy". We tasted several small plates and had a pasta dish that we shared. All were good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food - server seemed new- very nice and accommodating but brought salad and entree out at the same time so entree cooled off. Also insufficient time to enjoy a cocktail before the food showed up. Felt hurried . Would try again as good was excellent.

GC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in this neighborhood often but first time at North Italia. Entire family very pleased with salmon and extremely tasty and fresh pasta dishes (bolognese and pesto). Lemmon sorbetto and cappuccino also both rich and smooth. We will definitely return on a future visit to GW/Dupont Circle area.

AK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was generally very good, if a hair overpriced (you can get equivalently good Italian food in Eastern market for $3-5 less per entree). The big disappointment was the service: our server introduced the appetizers by dropping a profanity in explaining how good the bread was. This was an incredible shock; while our table had a good laugh about it, it was still bizarre. Then, our waiter seemed to disappear completely. The table next to us sat, had an appetizer, and had their entree before we received our bread. It appeared that the manager had to step in when our waiter disappeared, who was them utterly confused when he’d noticed that we’d already paid.

The restaurant is stylish, clean, and welcoming. It could have been a regular restaurant for my partner and I. I just don’t know what went wrong with the service!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurants my boyfriend and I went to on vacation in Washington DC. From the hostess to the service to the food, it was an amazing experience! The food itself was beyond delicious. We each had pasta and you can tell that the pasta was made fresh in the kitchen (that’s not because I saw the chef making the pasta). I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in DC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We are from NY so pizza in DC was not great.

DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit to North Italia, this time with friends. The food was great, the service was great and the ambiance was great for all 3 visits. Our only issues have been with the final bill. On both our first and third visit, the wine was up-charged -- this time for $72 versus $63 on the menu, a 14% surcharge. The first time we insisted on speaking with the manager. She assured us she would correct their billing system that evening. That was May 9. This was June 28 and they're still up-charging wine. Bottom line, enjoy the restaurant but check your bill!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Happy Hour in the city with great deals on bottles of wine and appetizers. Great service on the patio area. Our server, Mr. Henry, provided a great experience as well as some entertainment. I forgot my sunglasses at the table and the restaurant gave me a call to let me know they would hold for me. Great food, drink, service and people.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good friends were in town and I had loved North Italia on my two previous dining experiences so suggested it. They agreed that the food and the service were top notch but the noise made it very difficult to talk.

EG
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Italia is a great addition to the restaurants in the Foggy Bottom area. The food is great. The service is excellent and it's nice to actually have an Italian restaurant nearby for a change. Love it!

SS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service was wonderful as well as the ambiance. Great experience all around!

PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. We booked a table for five and we had to ask several times to get the cutlery for all of us. The order was wrong. Instead of a full pasta we got 1/2 and the chicken salad arrived without the chicken. It was very plain with only arugula and avocado. The ambiance is pleasant and the food is ok, not great. The service made it a bad experience overall. It was a business lunch and we were quite disappointed.

d
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first visit. Everyone at the host stand was friendly, our server was lovely and patient, and the food and wine were super tasty. A bit pricey for regular menu items, but nice value for happy hour (we did a mix of both). Pretty interior decor, although we took the opportunity to sit outside; this is such a good addition to the otherwise fun-barren neighborhood.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant, server was awesome. Made a res. for 6 people, seated right away, perfect portion sizes, delicious food, proper wine service, and very well dimmed lighting and atmosphere.

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