There's so much to love about Italian food, and you'll find plenty of places to get your fill of this satisfying cuisine in our nation's capital. If you're on the hunt for Italian food after a trip to the Smithsonian or the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, here are a few of the best Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C.
If you're all about the classics, this neighborhood eatery is the place to be. At Alta Strada, crispy crust pizzas, traditional Penne alla Vodka, House-made bolognese, and classic chicken parm are irresistible dinner options you'll easily fall in love with. Bringing recipes straight from old-world Italian cucinas to your neighborhood is what Alta Strada does best, and it doesn't end with dinner. The dessert menu here is quite impressive, and there are plenty of wines to pair with your selections.
At Filomena, you'll be able to enjoy house-made pasta and other rich Italian dishes in an elegant, highly-decorated dining atmosphere. This place has been around for over thirty years, and stepping into the dining room will take you back to a different time. Filomena is almost always busy, so you'll need to make a reservation to enjoy this D.C. favorite. Exceptional service and generous portions work to create an authentic Italian experience that is bolstered by the amazing food they serve. Gnocchi, scampi, penne, risotto, and lasagna are prepared in classic ways along with side dishes, wine, and desserts.
The Red Hen
Rustic feel-good dishes with a heavy Italian influence are served at The Red Hen. The menu changes with the seasons, but you'll always be able to order interesting pasta dishes, crispy toast with various toppings, and perfectly seasoned proteins. Food at The Red Hen is carefully crafted by Chef Michael Friedman using high-quality, in-season Italian ingredients. After dinner, you simply must try the restaurant's signature panna cotta with hazelnut crumble. It's the perfect send-off to leave you feeling completely satisfied.
At Trattoria Alberto, fine Italian cuisine is served in a family-friendly setting. Seasonal selections and daily specials inspired by recipes from the different regions of Italy make for a varied menu. Chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes made from fresh, traditional ingredients keep Trattoria Alberto's regulars coming back for more, and there are plenty of delicious wines to choose from. They've been in the neighborhood for over thirty years, so you can trust them to satisfy your craving for high-quality, classic Italian cuisine.