Published on March 4, 2016

6 Essential Italian Restaurants in Washington D.C.

Italian is one of the most popular cuisines in the world — and for good reason. Offering a variety of delicious flavors, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a mouthwatering lasagna, fresh cheese plate or pillowy tiramisu. Feeling inspired? Try some of the country's best Italian fare at these D.C. hot spots.


1. CASA LUCA (Penn Quarter)

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Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s laidback, rustic Italian eatery, Casa Luca offers a shared-plates, family-style menu of house-made pastas, charcuterie and cheeses, and a special truffle selection.

2. FIOLA (Penn Quarter)

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Fiola is Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s upscale trattoria serving Italian fare that changes based on the day’s freshest ingredients.

3. FIOLA MARE (Georgetown)

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Fiola Mare is a sophisticated Italian seafood restaurant from Chef Fabio Trabocchi that overlooks the scenic Georgetown waterfront and offers raw bar options, fresh pastas (including gluten-free ones) and a variety of grilled fish.

4. G BY MIKE ISABELLA (14th Street)

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G by Mike Isabella serves sandwiches, salads and casual fare by day and authentic Italian favorites at night in a vibrant, lively atmosphere.

5. TOSCA (Penn Quarter)

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An elegant eatery, Tosca delivers fine Northern Italian cuisine focused on seasonal produce, fresh house-made pastas and locally sourced meat and seafood to pair with its strong American and Italian wine list.

6. GRAFFIATO (Penn Quarter)

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Drawing on Mediterranean and Latin influences, Graffiato serves inventive pizzas and other Italian small plates to complement its selection of prosecco on tap, cocktails, beer and wine.


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