Best Italian Restaurants in Washington, DC

12 Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for a pizza to transport you to Napoli or a bowl of cacio e pepe to twirl lovingly, we’ve got you covered. These are the best Italian restaurants in the Washington, D.C. MICHELIN Guide.
Updated on 08 December 2021
1120 Maine Ave. SW, 20024 Washington
35 - 80 USD
The heart of this place, a sun-lit trattoria anchored by an open kitchen, is upstairs on the second floor. A lengthy list of salumis and formaggi tempts patrons, and pastas like cavatelli, agnolotti, and paccheri are all made in-house. Heartier plates include veal saltimbocca and bombetta pugliese, a succulent pork shoulder wrapped in prosciutto.
1340 4th St. NE, 20002 Washington
50 - 150 USD

Chef/owner Nicholas Stefanelli's Puglian heritage comes through in the menu, which features four or five courses, along with a nightly tasting. The kitchen hits all the right notes balancing trendy and serious. Begin with a cigar box filled with focaccia so sinfully delicious, you'll be tempted to scarf it all down&but don't. You'll want to save room for the spicy fish stew, a thing of beauty practically brimming with tripe and lobster, or house-made maccheroni with a thick and gamey goat ragù.

Maialino Mare
221 Tingey St. SE, 20003 Washington
30 - 75 USD
Although seafood is in its name, pasta is this kitchen's focus, from a delicate tangle of pappardelle mingled with a rich, porky Bolognese to braised suckling pig malfatti. Tiramisu for dessert might sound a bit cliché, but the version here is attractively composed and impressively light. Service straddles that fine line of professional and personal.
Stellina Pizzeria
399 Morse St. NE, 20002 Washington
29 - 38 USD
It's simple counter service here, yet those crusts are anything but&imagine a series of well-blistered and delightfully chewy pies, like the savory coppa and creamy Taleggio, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh thyme. The pizza is served whole, but you get to cut it yourself at the table. The light and crisp fritti makes a great start, just as the tiramisu is a fresh, delicious, wallet-friendly finish.
The Red Hen
1822 1st St. NW, 20001 Washington
25 - 50 USD
You'll want to wake up with the rooster to score a reservation at this rustic Italian gem as it's incredibly popular. Pastas are spot on and include cacio e pepe "arancini," crowd-favorite mezzi rigatoni or even the mafalde verde&a sweet-and-savory combo of braised duck rag�, Calabrian chili and pecorino romano. Entrées like grilled short rib or scallops with pickled chili a•oli are also exquisite.
I'm Eddie Cano
5014 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20008 Washington
25 - 50 USD
A strong dose of tongue-in-cheek kitsch here makes it impossible not to adore it, yet, there's nothing funny about the food&the kitchen turns out serious dishes in an attempt to bridge the gap between American and Italian cuisine. Regardless of which side you pick, get a pasta and you won't go wrong. Spaghetti alle vongole is as unfussed with as it should be.
1112 F St. NW, 20004 Washington
50 - 75 USD
Tosca pulls off a bit of a magic trick, as you'd never suspect that this gem was hiding in plain sight. Shielded by an unassuming facade, it's more than easy to walk right by. Trevigiana, a salad tossing bright radicchio with crispy hen of the woods mushrooms, frico friulano and a piquant black truffle dressing, shows restraint and focus
San Lorenzo
1316 9th St. NW, 20001 Washington
45 - 75 USD
A dinner in the hands of Massimo Fabbri might begin with tender squash blossoms stuffed with truffled goat cheese and fried to perfection. Pasta is a must: try crown-shaped tortelli with robiola and black truffle, pooled in a porcini mushroom sauce
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20004 Washington
225 USD
Classic and modern elements come together in the regional Italian food here, which is as likely to celebrate Roman inspiration as it is to represent Venetian flavors. Comfort is king in rigatoni alla carbonara with guanciale
Lupo Verde
1401 T St. NW, 20009 Washington
20 - 65 USD

Grilled octopus with cannellini bean salad and fried artichokes with bagna cauda make for a fantastic start, but the heart of this kitchen is the homemade pasta. Paccheri tossed with octopus and prawns; ravioli stuffed with braised short ribs; or eggy tagliatelle tangled with Italian sausage and cherry tomatoes offer warmth and comfort. Finish with the Nutella bomboloni.

4445 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20008 Washington
25 - 50 USD
This focused, consistent and lovely trattoria serves the kind of food that everyone wants to return to again and again. The name (Italian for "pasta master") sets a very high bar but lives up to its moniker with a notable variety of hearty and elegant preparations listed as "classical" and "seasonal." Highlights have included soft, almost whipped polenta folded with showers of cacio e pepe and piled with fresh green peas and shaved pecorino.
974 Palmer Alley NW, 20001 Washington
50 - 75 USD
Chef Amy Brandwein's menu is divided into categories like antipasti, pasta and large plates, many prepared in the famed oven. Think wildly delicious seafood starters like Hawaiian tuna crudo

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