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best casual italian in DC?

any recommendations?

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  1. I really like Il Canale in Georgetown. Also Graffiato.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks! Anything more family style?

      1. re: marie130

        I've seen families at Graffiato. I've never been to Carmine's but that might be what you are looking for.

        1. re: marie130

          If you want family style, you are pretty much stuck with Carmine's. Not my favorite, but a lot of people do like it.

          1. re: dinwiddie

            There's also Buca di Beppo and G-Tasting at night.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              Ugh don't go to Buca di Beppo!

              1. re: Elyssa

                Because......

                1. re: tommyskitchen

                  Because it's bad and you can do much better in DC!

      2. Went to Osteria Morini a few weeks ago. It was very good. It is probably as good as you are going to get for traditional Italian. Graffiato is goo.d too but less traditional

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        1. re: rappel75

          I wouldn't characterize the place as "family style Italian," but there were quite a few families there the last two times I've been. The staff is also very accomodating.

          1. re: rappel75

            Second osteria morini. Casual & good. Went there this past weekend and sat next to a mother with her young daughter.

          2. If you're looking for a traditional red sauce place, and the 'burbs are ok, then Olazzo in Bethesda is a decent option.

            1. If you want a time capsule of what Americanized red sauce Italian was like in 1960, there's Italian Inn in Hyattsville. Just off the BW Parkway.

              http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/ar...

              1. Tutto Bene in Ballston