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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MB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Portions of small plates really small... you could add 25% to it.

D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was spectacular. A must visit and treat.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time experience and enjoyed the service and menu selections were wonderful. Unfortunately, they got our order wrong but we kept it anyway. Lovely decor but needs some better sound absorption for a more relaxing conversation. Even one person in our party mentioned she was going to book a staff appreciation (25) but could not consider North because it is too noisy. Otherwise, will recommend to friends.

Also, why does this Open Table reservation not give points. This happened with another restaurant recently so maybe Open Table is no longer beneficial.

PR
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Get the White Truffle Garlic Bread....sooo delicious with the house made ricotta! The meatballs are so tender and flavorful. The Roasted Salmon is delicious! Everything I've had here has been wonderful!

V
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A really nice restaurant in the West End. Very good food in a stylish setting.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Didn’t know about the great brunch here - highly recommend as an alternative to the usually very busy Founding Farmers.

MC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and they made it special!

l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is amazing!

CF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town from Michigan. This was a recommendation and it was great!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience! My waitress Ruby was friendly, helpful, and attentive. Food was wonderful. I’ll definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Classic Italian meal

7
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Excellent beef carpacio. Waygu steak nice enough but lacking in salt, but veggies extremely oily !

AB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great pizza dinner tonight-it was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice restaurant - - clean and well-maintained.
Service was excellent at moments and then was noticeably absent... It was strange.
The food was good - - not great, but good.
We had a good time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is good, its like american-italian, not a classic italian restaurant. The service was excellent!!!

KW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great modern Italian place! Loved the food and the ambiance and great wait staff! Will definitely return!!

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

Ordered the seasonal vegetable salad with salmon. My friend ordered the kale salad with salmon. We shared truffle oil garlic bread. Gluten allergy be damned! I ate almost all the bread. Everything was so good. This will be my new go to for business meetings.

TT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is very good and appropriately priced. The beverage (non-alcoholic) service -- both before and after the meal -- was very slow, which is surprising given that it was lunch and the restaurant was not full.

K
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice bright space for business lunches. That they list calories next to things is helpful although discouraged me from ordering anything more than a salad!

AB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and a wonderful atmosphere!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at North Italia on Valentines Day. Although I was a little skeptical about the limited menu, all of our choices were delicious and completely satisfying. The service was very professional and friendly. Looking around at the full staff it is easy to see that everyone enjoys working together and for the restaurant. I look forward to our next visit.

TT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GW
Washington DC
43 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
15 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
7 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.