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Tosca Ristorante or other suggestions?

MartinDC Dec 14, 2009 09:07 AM

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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    Indy 67 RE: MartinDC Dec 14, 2009 10:43 AM

    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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      GianniB RE: Indy 67 Dec 15, 2009 07:23 AM

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

      Tosca Ristorante
      1112 F Street, Washington, DC 20004

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        dinwiddie RE: GianniB Dec 15, 2009 10:39 AM

        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.)

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      BrianFF RE: MartinDC Dec 15, 2009 03:13 PM

      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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        mnadel RE: BrianFF Dec 15, 2009 03:57 PM

        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.)

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          Indy 67 RE: BrianFF Dec 15, 2009 03:59 PM

          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.

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            foodtrip RE: Indy 67 Dec 15, 2009 05:13 PM

            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.

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          MartinDC RE: MartinDC Dec 16, 2009 10:41 AM

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

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            DCDOLL RE: MartinDC Dec 20, 2009 09:43 AM

            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!

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