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Oct 24, 2012 05:13 AM

Visiting DC--"Best" Italian?

My boss wants me to make a reservation for the "best Italian" restaurant in DC for a business trip in 3 weeks. It should have a decent wine list and be open on Monday evenings. Group of 8-9.

Any suggestions???

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  1. Prepare to be underwhelmed!

    How formal/casual does he want?

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    1. re: drewpbalzac

      Why underwhelmed? Most of the top restaurants that have opened in recent years in DC have been Italian.

      1. re: Elyssa

        I have eaten at all of the likely choices - Tosca, Fiola, Obelisk, ect. And the are all good restaurants and should fit the bill. However, as Just Visiting points out below, it depends on expectations of good Italian.

        If the the boss is looking for great Itallian restaurants restaurant that use good ingredients in Italian inspired cuisine all of the place mentioned will be acceptable.

        However, if they clients are expecting great Italian American classics - like you find in NYC, Providence, San Francisco, ect. . . . Prepare to be disappointed.

        DC is a great restaurant town, it is not a great Italian American town.

        1. re: drewpbalzac

          Unless you go to Graffiato---then it's excellent!

          1. re: Elyssa

            I'm there once a week - in good Italian American restaurant - an not a very traditional one at that does not make DCBDDavid a good town for "Itallian" . . .

    2. Fiola would be the obvious choice. I haven't been to Ristorante Tosca in a couple of years but I remember their food was good and their wine list had a decent selection of Italians.

      1. Tosca is supposed to be the best Italian restaurant in DC but it's been years since I've been there. I'm sure it's still wonderful.

        Personally I prefer Bibianna. I think the food and service there is outstanding and they have a nice wine list as well as cocktails. The other added bonus is in the main dining room there is a little side area with a cool beaded curtain (much classier than it sounds) where your table of 8 could sit all together.

        Fiola is also a wonderful choice.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            I know I recommended Fiola but I meant Elisir! I always confuse the two because they came out around the same time. Elisir is wonderful and would be good for highend Italian---of course it is not red sauce Italian.

          2. Dino is the best Italian I've had in DC. Ermagerd.

            1. It would be a good idea to know what his idea of Italian is. If he is interested in traditional Italian-American type of food, then the great places listed below are going to be a problem. Suggest you send him links to the menus and be sure this is the kind of thing he has in mind. I have friends who love Italian food but by that they mean pasta with bolognese sauce or maybe an alfredo sauce.