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Dec 28, 2006 04:00 PM

Does Authentic Italian Food Exhist in the DC Area?

I am a native New Yorker visiting friends in DC (Alexandria to be exact). Does anyone know if there is any fabulously authentic Italian food in the area that would be comparable to that of the trattoria's in Greenich Village?

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  1. Dunno quite what you're looking for -- nothing as good as, e.g., Lupa. But I'd check out 2 Amys and Dino in D.C., both terrific.

    1. Sorry to disappoint you, but you don't come to DC for good Italian any more than you'd go to, say, Des Moines for fresh seafood. If you'll be in Alexandria, try Restaurant Eve.

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      1. re: CMACDC

        Restaurant Eve is certainly one of the best restaurants in the DC area but it is NOT an Italian restaurant.

        In Alexandria, A La Lucia is quite popular for southern Italian fare. Nearby Crystal City has Bebo, which would be my recommendation.

      2. The Love-It/Hate-It place in town is AV Ristorante. Coincidentally reviewed today in The Hill newspaper
        It's due to close within the year as another victim of "progress" and more condominiums will rise on the site.

        1. I think you can get great Italian, good Italian, and some Italian that resembles what you might see in Italy. For example, and not to beat a dead horse, there are a variety of items on Dino's menu (up in Cleveland Park in Washington, DC) that are strikingly authentic, however there are other things on the menu that are slightly askew of that. That said, I think you'd be happy with a meal there.

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          1. re: jpschust

            And you couldn't find a better (or better priced) Italian wine list that at Dino, even in NYC.

            1. re: dinwiddie

              Agreed. I'll be there tonight as a matter of fact.

              1. re: dinwiddie

                Quintarelli Rosso “Ca’ del Merlo”, Veneto IGT 1997 $85
                On Dino's wine list is a STEAL - it was close to that at auction last Friday and only 1/2 that on release.

            2. I should add that, a bit closer to Alexandria, Bebo is now serving food that Jim Zurer -- who's spent a *lot* of time in Italy -- calls the closest thing to authentic that he's found here.

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              1. re: MartyL

                I was just going to say the same thing when I saw Marty's post. It is the closest thing I have found to being in Italy.

                1. re: MartyL

                  Yes but you have to suffer through their service issues and run about a 50/50 chance of your food needing to be sent back.