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“An Italian Treasure” located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., provides the perfect setting for routine business lunches, holiday office parties, large family get-togethers or romantic dinners for two. Tesoro offers upscale traditional Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Owner/Chef Ignazio Bonanni has been offering a generous menu of Italian fare in the Washington, D.C. area for over 15 years. His passion for his Italian heritage combined with his emphasis on using only the finest ingredients results in only the most extraordinary dishes. A friendly, competent staff is always available to serve you whether in the dining room or at the well-stocked, comfortable bar. So, if it’s time to make reservations for that special occasion, to schedule your next business lunch or office party, or if you’re just in the mood for a spontaneous family dinner out, visit Tesoro. You will feel like it is your home away from home.
Washington, DC 20008
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Tesoro offers a wide range of catering options and each is customized to meet your individual needs.
Convenient garage parking or street parking.
VanNess Metro Easy Access To Taxicabs Metro Bus
Private Party Facilities:
Tesoro welcomes the opportunity to host your next private event. On-site catering available Saturday or Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and off-site catering is always available.
Private Party Contact:
Ignazio Bonanni: (202) 363-6766
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Tesoro Ratings and Reviews
We were in the neighborhood and Tesoro was across the street. One half of the space is a bar and the main seating area is to the left of the entrance. This is a fairly small restaurant, similar to many on the upper west side of NY.
I ordered the Pollo Il Tesoro and my wife had the Polo alla Regina. As we just came from a art opening we did not have any of the appetizers and we are also attempting to lose weight. The Polo Il Tesoro came with pasta. The sauce for the chicken was also used on the pasta. The chicken was very tasty the by using the Il Tesoro sauce the pasta was not overpowered. My wife's chicken was served with spinach. Everything was done properly. When we are back in this area we will stop in again for dinner.
Generally, we really like this restaurant. However, on Sunday evening (Oct 22) it was a very different experience. We had made a reservation for 6:30. When we arrived we noticed that there were several tables set up for a large group. But the waiter said that the group would not arrive until 7:30. So we thought it would be OK. We sat down and the waiter recommended a bottle of wine. We thought it was the same one we had had on several previous occasions. It must have been a different year because to tell the truth it was horrible. The veal marsala that I ordered had very watery sauce. I had wanted a pasta with white sauce but the waiter said that the pasta would be in the sauce. Then the large group arrived at 7. There were only two servers working with quite a few tables. By the time we tried to pay our bill, we waited an eternity. We finally stood up and went to the credit card machine to pay the bill. We had a gift certificate. It took a while for the waiter to figure out how to use the gift card and charge the rest of the bill. What we are trying to say is that we don't understand why the system took our reservations when there were only two servers on staff and a large group expected. Also, if the recommended wine is a different year, then it should not be suggested. And when asking for pasta with white sauce, it should be allowed.
Amazing restaurant. Loved the quality, homemade pastas and fresh ingredients. Produce from Italy and cheese from Wisconsin, Tesoro knows how to make it right. I made a reservation for 7 and the whole group loved it, from wine and appetizers to dessert. The staff was amazing; friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this place to everyone.
Reasonably priced menu in a good location. The menu is varied from simple pasta dishes to more adventurous fish and meat dishes. Pasta selections were chosen by two or our three person group. The sauces were interesting and the amount of pasta large. The best of the three meals was a filet or fish. On this particular Wednesday night, the service was slow. I had to get up and visit the bar to coax the second round of drinks that we had ordered 10 minutes earlier.
Our mistake was to be there at the same time as a large group. it was evident that the restaursnt is not equipped to handle that many people at any one time. Not enough waiters, who tried to do their best, but were overwhelmed. Another example of poor preparation was that at some point another waiter asked us to empty our bread basket so that he could take it and use it for a different table!!!!! Pretty bad,no?
Will not be going back any time soon.
Been there before and liked it - food is familiar but not at all boring. Good ingredients and not stingy w/spices. One in our party had fried mozzarella sticks, which can be greasy, but these were terrific! Well-breaded and not a drop of extra oil. Penne Arrabiata was spicy and delicious; veal was tender; Pasta Fagioli (bean soup) is totally authentic and it's almost worth going for that alone. Staff is friendly and helpful but not overwhelming. It was too cold for the outdoor patio, but if you sit there, the Connecticut Ave. streetscape is very nice.
And just so you know - the Tesoro ownership is involved in an organization helping wounded veterans. They've been very committed and keep it up when lots of people have forgotten that vets need ongoing support. One reason we chose it was to patronize a restaurant that shows its values - and these are the best values.
Right down from our house and even if it wasn't, worth the drive to enjoy the home prepared meals. Food is always delicious and the specials are innovative and delicious. Always a pleaser for our out of town guests. Service is superb and the management always attentive.
Not sleek or modern, definitely a bit shabby... but we'll come back for the delicious bruschetta/foccacia alone and the food was solid. (E.g., Slightly overcooked but fresh paparadelle with fresh shellfish and fresh spicy tomato sauce. A splurge on a special that was worth the expense.) Seems to have a neighborhood crowd of varying ages, families, couples, groups of friends... We were glad to have stumbled upon it!
The wait staff was excellent (Jovanna), the neighborhood gathering "vibe," and the generally friendly atmosphere a plus.
We started out w/decent drinks and appetizers (Italian mojito was pretty darn good), but the entrees were not to spec. The lamb chops were ok, but cooked a little too well for lamb. The quinoa side underneath was cold. It was purposely served cold, but didn't make sen Jovanna did get it heated up for us, but by then we were not all that wowed. The ravioli/pork loin dish was a little too sweet, and not all that sophisticated but ok. Would definitely come back for drinks and apps.
Ignazio and his staff make a great meal for a moderate price. It's definitely a one of a kind, Italian Kitchen. This is a great place to dine with family or friends.
Make sure you get the Tiramisu, which is the best I have ever had.
If you like Cognac, ask for the Vecchio Romagno. I like it with just a little ice.
Connecticut Ave is, of course, not a truly romantic setting, but Tesoro is a decent place to have relatively authentic Italian fare al fresco. Noise levels are low enough for normal conversations, no shouting needed. Service is attentive and prices are fair.
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