Italian near Rouge Hotel?
Coming to DC and already have reservation for Birch & Barley. Will probably also go to Estadio, Hank's Oyster and Pearl Dive. Now I'm thinking Italian would be excellent, too. Any suggestions for something close by, delicious and maybe not too crazy-expensive? Thanks!
Not sure what counts as crazy-expensive, but based on your other choices, I'd recommend Bibiana, if only to get you to stray from the 14th street neighborhood (which, while excellent, isn't the ONLY food neighborhood in town). Graffiato might be fun for a bit more lively and casual. I love the rest of your choices though. Well done.
Tosca isn't nearby, but isn't that far, and if you are willing to eat on the early side (pre-theater menu) it's not crazy expensive.
Posto is pretty good, moderately priced, and across the street from Estadio.
I'd recommend Potenza, which is south of Thomas Circle, and maybe only a 10-15 min walk away.