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Oct 26, 2006 01:00 AM

Excellent, Reliable, Upscale Italian for 20th Anniversary

We live in northern VA, about 8 miles out of D.C. We are celebrating our 20th, and mother and father-in-law are coming from Cape Cod to celebrate with us in mid-Nov. My daughter is vegetarian, so the safest way to go, after a few years experience with this, is Italian. We want upscale and very good service for this event. We thought we might get a limo and do a night tour of the monuments after dinner. My first thought was Galileo, but I see that it is closed, which is a big bummer. I have been to Tosca several times, and have not been impressed with the food, which has consistenly been too salty for us, and ok, but not great, service.

I do not want to leave this dinner disappointed in either food or service. I looked at Maestro at Ritz Tyson (which has a veg. option) but this will be a weekend night and we don't want to pay that price for a tasting menu. Help with other options?

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  1. How about Obelisk on P St. in Dupont? I've had nothing but wonderful meals there.

    1. Thank you Geoff, that is a great suggestion. I have not been there but just looked at the descriptions and reviews online and it looks great. I've never eaten in a dining room that small; I hope it isn't too clautrophobic, but the food sounds very good. Since the menu changes each day, I will call them to discuss vegetarian items.

      Any other suggestions?

      1. Tosca is a reliable and expensive high class Italian restaurant. I was there last with a meat eater but asked the waiter if there was a vegetarian tasting menu. He said not specifically but a telephone call when making the reservation would show them to be qutie accommodating.

        1. A couple more ideas. The only other higher end Italian that comes to mind is Notti Bianche in Foggy Bottom. I've been once and it was lovely. Many comments on this board you can read.

          For Italian, but perhaps not as high end as you're seeking, consider Dino in Cleveland Park. Loads of comments on this board. My experiences there have been good. it's more of a nice neighborhood rather than outright destination place, but if it's Italian you want, this could fit your bill.

 don't necessarily need Italian; you need good vegetarian options. Two places I suggest you consider, and I invite others to comment on vegetarian experiences: Corduroy and Blue Duck Tavern. I'm in the "Corduroy is still one of the most underrated places in town" camp; everything i've had there has been terrific, and i salivate with envy when i get the occasional "had lunch today at Corduroy" note from my wife. Blue Duck is over in the West End. I've really enjoyed my visits, and love the space as well.

          1. I would second the recommendation for Obelisk. If you can't get in the date you're looking for, another option is Teatro Goldoni on K Street -- though it's been a while since I've been there.