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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in District of Columbia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in District of Columbia? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Caruso's Grocery - DC restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1049)
$31 to $50
Italian
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Please note that we are not offering Restaurant Week at our DC location.

Located at 914 14th Street SE in Washington, DC.

Caruso’s Grocery is modeled after the classic, Italian-American "red sauce" joint. You know the one: red banquettes, a killer chicken parmesan, Sinatra pouring through the speakers. If you’re looking for modern interpretations of a chef's take on the classics, you won’t find them here.

A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.
Top review
401CorySvip
Dined 3 days ago
Phenomenal! We over ordered so we could try lots of different things and there wasn’t anything that was less than outstanding.
A photo of Centrolina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2001)
$50 and over
Italian
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonally driven menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner. Chef Brandwein's menu is inspired from the seasons, Italian regionality and the wide variety of Chef curated product in the adjoining market.

The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway.

For parties of 7 people or more, we do require a prix-fixe menu, please email caroline@centrolinadc.com for additional information.
Top review
Jim1vip
Dined 3 days ago
Good food and service Limited menu for lunch Noisy
A photo of Tosca restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4435)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Currently open for lunch and dinner. Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Tosca serves Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy. Tosca combines modern style and elegance to create an intimate and comfortable setting.
Tosca implements a dress code and proper attire is required. We do not allow athletic wear, shorts, beach attire, tank tops, flip flops, or torn or excessively revealing clothing. We reserve the right to determine if a guest needs to adjust their attire before being seated.
Top review
EhudYvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Very good place on the pricy side with excellent food and kind service!
A photo of Al Tiramisu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1342)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Al Tiramisu is a cozy friendly neighborhood restaurant. Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Dupont Circle since 1996. Sourcing the best ingredients available to produce the most authentic Italian fare possible.
Top review
frenchievip
Dined 3 days ago
Without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in DC. The staff is warm, welcoming and attentive. The food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere relaxed but sophisticated.
A photo of Giovanni's Trattu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (782)
$30 and under
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Giovanni's Trattu may be the only restaurant in DC to capture the feel of Venice. Formerly known as Trattu, this cozy little restaurant provides the lighter cuisine of Northern Italy, which is known for its unique flavor. The extensive menu changes every fall, winter and summer. Seating 60 in the main dining room, Giovanni's Trattu is candlelight at night and it entertains guests with friendly style of service, providing classic Italian music. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, business lunches and dinners, romantic dates and family celebrations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great find. Felt like an Italian place you'd find in Manhattan or Little Italy in Chicago. Food was good and very reasonably priced, especially for DC prices. Will definitely go back.
A photo of Filomena Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (16581)
$31 to $50
Italian
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Filomena Now over 40 Years and counting!
Filomena is a Washington DC landmark restaurant now with over 40 years of serving some of the finest Italian food you can enjoy. Our Pasta is fresh made by hand just like it was done for centuries in Italy. Our bakery is in-house, and we make over 20 different desserts to choose from. During Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas you can experience some of the most incredible decorations you can find! Four decades of making not just a great dining experience but a memorable one. Filomena has recently introduced a full line of homemade pasta, sauces, desserts that can be shipped nationwide too!
Top review
TokenFemale
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food as always (highly recommend the lobster ravioli). Having been here many times, I must say that the service we had for lunch yesterday was absolutely top notch. Hope to get Ramiro as a server again! He truly made our visit special.
A photo of Pacci's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (121)
$31 to $50
Italian
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Influenced by the Neapolitan tradition and a passion for fine food, our philosophy is simple: to use fresh and high quality ingredients, to prepare our food as Nonna taught us, and to serve it with love. Our wood-fired pizza ovens are what make our hand-crafted pizzas come alive with flavor and bring inspiration to the rest of our menu. Pacci's Trattoria offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, home-made pastas, regional seafood and meat dishes and your favorite Italian sweets. Our beverage selection prides itself on hand-crafted cocktails, Italian and local beers and a wine list that features both Italian classics and new vintages. As a family owned restaurant, we want to bring our family to yours so we welcome you to spend a delicious meal with us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
The food and drinks were delicious and the service was excellent!
A photo of i Ricchi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3732)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
A restaurant specializing in the preparation of Cucina Rustica Tuscan country-style, scratch cooking. Attentive service from experienced and caring staff. Italian wine list. Outdoor dining on the Piazza. Valet parking Friday and Saturday. The Cafe / Patio is open with Tents, Heaters and Blankets featuring warm specialty drinks for your Winter pleasure. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Curb side pick up thru www.iricchifoodclub.com. See our Sunday Specials!!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome service wonderful staff will gladly recommend
A photo of San Lorenzo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (258)
$31 to $50
Italian
Shaw
About the restaurant
Come in and feel transported to the streets of Italy.

Enjoy light, wholesome dishes - beautiful stucco walls and black and white photos of the chef/owner’s quaint hometown. Chef Massimo believes in creating dishes that honor the heritage and flavors of his native Tuscany. The magic of this cuisine is the exceptional preparation — fresh, simple ingredients paired with unique herbs and seasonings for a taste that’s anything but simple. With over 30 years of culinary training - Chef Massimo delivers homemade pastas, sauces, Florentine steak, veal, lamb, fresh fish and exceptional risotto.

Stay tuned for the not-to-be missed tasting menus offered nightly.

Also inquire about the unique communal wine lunch experiences on Saturday afternoons that can be booked only directly with management because they book up quickly. If you enjoy dining in Chef Massimo’s ‘San Lorenzo’ home - know he will also come to your home for special occasions or even travel with you within the US and Italy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We went San Lorenzo after a waiter from a different restaurant suggested them. We were SO HAPPY we decided to go. The food was some of the best if not the best Italian food any of us had ever had. I would highly recommend going here!!
A photo of La Tomate restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1324)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Since 1987, La Tomate has been Dupont Circle's neighborhood bistro, featuring affordable regional Italian cuisine in a warm ambiance.

A window-clad bar and dining room offer charming avenue views onto Connecticut avenue. Enjoy an extended season of “al fresco” dining on our lush outdoor patio.

We are committed to providing quality service and excellent food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We invite you to join us for breakfast a casual lunch, happy hour, dinner, weekend brunch or group events.

Top review
ArnetteH
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Always fabulous welcome by the staff and delicious food.
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