There has been little to no buzz about this newish restaurant on P Street in Dupont Circle. I know it is a sister restaurant to Siroc, which I love.
I live around the corner and have a Group On to use...thinking about going this weekend.
Has anyone been? Any recs?
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Elyssa, I have been there several times, both for happy hour and for dinner. For happy hour, for starters, it is FABULOUS. ALL of their glasses of wine are $5, not just a "house red" or "house white". But the best part is that all of their regular appetizers are half off. A huge charcuterie plate is only $4, the scallops and the octopus are both wonderful and only around $4-6. For dinner, I have found the food to be excellent and the prices quite reasonable. I don't think it's in their printed menu, but you can order half portions of the pastas (already only $15-17) so you can try more things on the menu (or if you just aren't that hungry). And make friends with Jac (female) the bartender/bar manager. She makes super drinks and will "try" drinks out on you if you ask.
Hi Elyssa, Last week we (a party of four foodies) finally tried Vento mostly based on Siroc's reputation and, frankly, we needed a place convenient to DuPont. I'd been skeptical based on Vento's website and the press. The place sounded mostly slick. But we were delighted with our meal. Almost everything we had was nicely seasoned, cooked properly and made us of interesting combinations of flavors, without being over-the-top. Our salads were fresh and interesting, especially the arugula with blackberries. (I would avoid the white bean salad though...bland.) The pastas all had the great texture one expects from homemade. I had a superb seafood combination over handcut spaghetti and the gnocchi and tagliatelle both got rave reviews. My husband had the osso bucco and I managed to get a bite. Very nice! The wine list was good for mid-range bottles with a decent variety. Beer lovers will be disappointed. And don't expect the server to be knowledgeable about the origin of the restaurant's seafood - or whether it is one of the species considered OK to eat. But those are fairly minor complaints. We felt like we'd made a nice discovery and would recommend Vento for special occasions without hesitation.