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Oct 24, 2005 01:51 PM

Ristorante Sorriso in Cleveland Park

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Has anyone been there? I haven't been able to find a web site for them so don't know if they serve lunch.


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  1. They serve lunch weekdays and I believe Saturday also.

    1. I went once, a few weeks after it opened. It was awful, and I've heard similar reports from others. Stay hungry until 5:30 and then pop over to the Palena cafe, where your $$ will be much better spent.

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      1. re: Marty L.

        I have to say I don't agree at all. And isn't "awful" a bit harsh if you had a meal there you didn't love?
        My husband and I eat there about 2-3 times a month and it's never been "awful" to us. It's not as upscale as other italian restaurants in the city, but it depends on what you're after. We usually head to Sorriso in search of a nice but casual meal--pizza, salads, a glass or two of wine, etc. If you go there expecting Roberto Donna, then yes, I imagine you'd be disappointed and perhaps even claim it "awful"--though I still can't imagine why this term would be used, dear god, we're not talking school cafeteria food--lighten up! But if you take it for what it is--a neighborhood italian joint--and have a fairly good disposition, then I'd imagine you'd be fine.

        1. re: Sandy in DC

          Thanks! We'll give Sorriso a try.

          1. re: Sandy in DC

            I didn't say the place was awful -- for all I know, it's fabulous 99% of the time. But the one meal I had there *was* awful --I left feeling ripped off -- and I've heard similar things from others I trust, including Jim Zurer in this thread. Caveat emptor -- but good luck, and by all means, let us know if you find anything delicious there.

        2. I was taken there for lunch a couple of months ago and I agree with Marty L.--it was pretty bad.

          How about 2 Amys instead?

          1. I've also been, and had a pretty bad meal. Food was below average in quality (soup tasted like it came out of a can; pasta was dried out, bland filling, and sauce like plain tomato sauce out of a can). Adding insult to injury, it's not cheap. You can do much, much better at several other Cleveland Park places.

            1. I was staying in the area and went there last week and thought it was great! First I was happy to be able to get gnocci which is hard to get in NC unless you go to "fancy" restaurants. The restaurant reminded me of italian restaurants I liked so much in europe because of the food and atmosphere. I thought the food was very good and the staff didn't bother us too much, but they were also attentive. It could have been nostalgia but I had a great experience there.

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              1. re: Fromageball

                Sorriso was one of our regular restaurants when we lived in DC for the crepe lasagna, mushroom parpadelle, and carnivores pizza. I love the chill, unpretentious atmosphere for dinner and the wait staff is always pleasant. Sorry to hear others may not have experienced the same.

                1. re: Fromageball

                  I agree--Sorriso reminds me very much of casual trattorias in Italy with simple, but quite good food. I've been to 2 Amys once, and wasn't overly impressed, and have never gone back since. Not saying it's not a good place--seems to be a favorite on this board--but I've never been compelled to return.

                  When we take our son to the zoo, we usually end up eating at either Palena, Dino or Sorriso depending on our mood. They're not all in the same league, but each offers something different that appeals to our varied tastes.

                  1. re: yume

                    I've been going to Sorriso regularly for years. I like the homemade pasta dishes and antipasto the best. I don't care for the pizza. Another downside is the wine list (expensive for what it is). Still I keep going back because the owner Pietro, his wife, and family are always gracious and hospitable. I even spent New Year's Eve with friends there a few years ago and had a wonderful dinner and time. I think if you know what to order and aren't looking for a super-gourmet Italian experience (I agree with Yume that it's much like the casual trattorias in Italy with simple, good food). If you want more upscale, gourmet Italian, then I'd suggest Obelisk, which is great for special occasions. But for everyday informal lunches and dinners, I prefer Sorriso.