Pasta Perfection And Vivacious Vino Await At D.C. Italian Restaurants

Italian cuisine dates back to ancient civilizations and showcases simple yet tasty dishes from various regions across the country including rich pastas, fine wines, roasted meats and decadent desserts. Here in Washington, D.C. you will find many different Italian regional menus represented in outstanding dining options.

Renowned chef Fabio Trabocchi has not one but three fine dining restaurants, Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca that have unforgettable menu choices along with extensive, impressive wine lists that will make for the perfect date night or power lunch. 

Looking for huge portions? Head to Carmine's where the portions are so big you are likely to say "I can't eat all that!" upon receiving your selection. (All the meals warm up great in the microwave so get take home containers!)  

If you want a place with great Italian food and the chance to sit by a famous journalist, politician or celebrity, head to Cafe Milano in the Georgetown neighborhood. 

Italian dishes tend to fill you up fast so savor each bite while dining in the nation's capital.



The Red Hen
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Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, this District restaurant features an Italian-influenced seasonal American menu. You'll find each dish will fill your belly without putting a huge dent into your wallet. Get your palette ready for dinner...  Read More



The word 'osteria' in Italian means a place where a person hosts guests. Diners will get that vibe as soon as they walk in the door at this Navy Yard-based casual eatery which features an open kitchen so patrons can see what each chef is working...  Read More

Carmine's Restaurant - DC
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Be prepared for your jaw to drop a bit when your server brings your entrée. The plates and portions are huge so bring a healthy appetite to this family style Italian restaurant. You can't come to this restaurant without trying something off...  Read More

Filomena Ristorante
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Born from the idea that dinner can be more than just a meal, Filomena Ristorante has been providing traditional Italian home cooked meals to the masses in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. The late owner's family originated from the...  Read More

Fiola Mare
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With gorgeous views of the Potomac River and a seafood market counter to evoke a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant will make you want to get out of bed to catch it's top-notch brunch menu. Using the finest, freshest ingredients, the menu...  Read More

Café Milano


Italian culture is the focus of this upscale Georgetown staple where politicians, lobbyists and journalists are known to mingle. The d�r harks back to a Milan boutique with hand painted coves and framed designer scarves adorning the...  Read More



With a sleek interior featuring monochromatic tones, all of your attention will go straight to the northern Italian cuisine which is where your mind should be. The venue is committed to serving only fresh ingredients like daily housemade pastas,...  Read More



Get a babysitter for the kids and head to this Dupont Circle restaurant for an intimate Italian dinner experience. Located inside a small brick townhouse, this venue serves up a 5-course meal lasting around two to three hours. Be sure to add on...  Read More



Opened in 2011, this much buzzed about restaurant is Chef Fabio Trabocchi's first in D.C. With a modern upscale vibe, this venue changes menus every day to reflect the freshest ingredients available for its regional and contemporary Italian...  Read More

Casa Luca
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Traditional Italian cuisine permeates every portion of the menu at Fabio Trabocchi's restaurant located a few blocks away from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Whether you are dining on homemade pastas or sampling a drink off the 42...  Read More


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