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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? 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 (993)
$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
662Nuhs
Dined 4 days ago
I love it. Consistently great food and impeccable service. :)
A photo of Al Tiramisu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1312)
$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
MitchellPvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and service, neighborhood gem. Great for business meetings.
A photo of Tosca restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4391)
$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.
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Dave
Dined 2 days ago
Paolo ensured that we had a Superb Dining Experience. Elias was our Waiter and he was excellent. We were entertaining guests from Strasbourg France and they were duly impressed with Tosca.
A photo of Manalu Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1206)
$30 and under
Italian
Frederick
About the restaurant
Manalu is a new authentic Italian restaurant by Chef/Owner Marco Pontecorvo. The name was to combine all three of his family members names. MA for Marco, NA for Naomi, his daughter, and LU for Lucia, his wife. Manalu's goal is to bring a taste of Italy and a touch of Naples in the town, by serving authentic Italian cuisine and the original pizza Napoletana cooked in a brick oven. The atmosphere is very cozy and warm, perfect for family and friends. Manalu` also has a full bar and happy hour Mon-Fri from 4pm to 7pm. Happy hour also includes a food menu with delicious appetizers.
Top review
Fran
Dined 3 days ago
Our experience was absolutely incredible our server was great and came and asked us how everything was the owner came over and ask how our stay was and the food the food was excellent all in all was a great time definitely would come back again thank you
A photo of Giovanni's Trattu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (773)
$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
mollyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Another great experience - food and service were excellent
A photo of a Modo Mio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (203)
$30 and under
Italian
Falls Church
About the restaurant
At a Modo Mio, you’ll find that our menu is made up of homemade recipes straight from our family’s recipe book back in Italy. Indulge yourself with an authentic Neapolitan Pizza or a pasta made to order, and a glass or better, a bottle of wine carefully selected to pair with your food choices. We’ve created an authentic Italian dining experience right here in Arlington – no need to travel all the way to Italy!

We have been included in the 50 Best Pizza in the US in 2023.


Join us for some freshly made Italian food, 11am – 9pm Sunday-Thursday
11am - 9:30pm Friday and Saturday

Top review
MESEvip
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
Definitely, a neighborhood gem! The food was delicious, the bread the best ever! The service was very good, even though they need more servers. Keep up with the weekly specials and the quality of the food!
A photo of Filomena Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (16414)
$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
BethT
Dined 3 days ago
We loved the chicken with vodka sauce. It would be nice to offer it with shrimp also.
A photo of Mele Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1547)
$31 to $50
Italian
Arlington
About the restaurant
"...Our Thanksgiving Day Menu( In additon to our regular menu): Traditonal Wild Black Herritage Turkey with stuffing, All-Natural Roasted Prime Rib, Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Grilled Pork Chops w/ apples Calvados, and more...

"Our menu is just a reference for you-but in reality, creativity is in our hearts, our minds, and our kitchen, let us give you a different dining experience..."

***Tables will be kept for 15 minutes after the reservation time***

Top review
MostSatisfiedvip
Dined 4 days ago
Many excellent choices for house-made pasta, fish, beef. We started with the roasted beet salad, followed by small plates of fish. Good to have the option of 'small plates,' as each was quite enough. And everything is offered in larger portions.
A photo of Orofino Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1562)
$30 and under
Italian
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
Danilo Orofino was born in Palermo, Sicily, where he studied the culinary arts as well as restaurant and hotel management. He opened his first restaurant/coffee bar in Sicily at the age of 18. After 4 years of hard work, he closed the place with dreams of doing even more with his life.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding service and food as always. The eggplant was delicious and the wine was divine.
A photo of Ristorante Bonaroti restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2172)
$31 to $50
Italian
Vienna
About the restaurant
A well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Vienna offering elegant dining within a warm and intimate setting. Our classic Italian cuisine has been ranked among the best in the Washington, D.C. area. Bar featuring new appetizer menu.
Top review
LaurieB
Dined 4 days ago
First time dining here. It was our anniversary and the server (BJ) and owner could not have been more gracious. We enjoyed an exceptional meal. Will definitely be returning!
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