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Dec 14, 2009 09:07 AM

Tosca Ristorante or other suggestions?

My brother is coming to town next week, and he wanted me to select a restaurant for next Saturday evening. I made reservations at Tosca for insurance, but wonder if I'm overlooking other choices.

He likes places that have some distinguishing factor, menu, point of view, etc. I like quieter atmospheres and taking my time. We have both enjoyed Obelisk during one visit, as we like Italian. I chose Tosca because it seemed more authentic Italian than Italo-Amercan. But I've never been there before.

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  1. I think you made an excellent choice. It hits all the notes you're looking for. As a fun distinguishing factor, search the WASHINGTON POST magazine articles for one on the power players who lunch at Tosca. Admittedly, these power players won't be having dinner there, but it would be fun to link a table to its lunch-time power resident.

    You haven't mentioned searching this board for more details about Tosca. If you do you, I think you'll feel very reassured by your choice. Now, having said that, I won't claim it's the only good choice you could have made, but it's an excellent choice.

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    1. re: Indy 67

      I concur with the choice of Tosca. Seems to meet all the criteria you set out...

      Tosca Ristorante
      1112 F Street, Washington, DC 20004

      1. re: GianniB

        I agree, Tosca is an excellent choice. If you want something other than Italian, you might consider Corduroy, Source, or Taberna del Alabardero (although I haven't been there in years so I can't say how they are anymore.)

    2. What about the new steakhouse at the W Hotel? You can't beat that view and the food is really good. Made Tom S's top 100 this year. A good feat for a new restaurant.

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      1. re: BrianFF

        Tosca is excellent -- perhaps the most underrated restaurant in the city. (I agree with the comment above about J&G at the W, however, and you can get a view there.)

        1. re: BrianFF

          What view? There's a bar on the hotel roof with a great view (Chez POV), but that's not the restaurant. The restaurant is in the lobby.

          1. re: Indy 67

            True, the spectacular view is from the rooftop POV Lounge. There is no view, per se, from the J&G restaurant; however, if you are seated at a table directly in front of one of the windows, as we were last Thursday evening, there is a beautiful view of the Washington Monument, all lit up and framed by the window. That was pretty special. I also agree that J&G would meet all of the OP's criteria. It's a lovely, excellent restaurant.

        2. Thanks for your suggestions. Tosca it shall remain. I'm looking forward to it.

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          1. re: MartinDC

            You'll love it...and if you eat before 7 you can get a 3 course fixed price menu with many choices. Leaves you more for a great bottle of italian vino!