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PHOTOS: Bill Feeney

There are two irrefutable truths in life - everyone likes small plates, and everyone loves pizza. That's it. Everything else as it relates to our shared and fleeting experience on this planet is up for debate.

Knowing this, it's not a surprise that people love Etto, arguably the best place in DC to get both of those things in the same place.

Bill Feeney

We too, love Etto. It's a cute little restaurant on 14th Street that often goes overlooked, mostly because it sits in the shadow of Le Diplomate across the street, and also because it can be hard to get into due to its size. It's more of a neighborhood spot than most of the stuff you'll find in this zone of restaurant insanity, and that's what makes it so great. If you live in or anywhere near Dupont, Etto is your perfect Sunday night dinner hang, in rotation a few times a month when you need to end the weekend on a high note, before you return to your real life of suits and salads.

Which, actually, brings up a good point about irrefutable truths. Life always comes back around to the suits and salads. Take advantage of everything that comes in between. Especially pizza.

Food Rundown

Margherita di Bufala

As good as a margherita pizza gets in this town. This is a mandatory order.

Calabrese Salami

Any pie with sopressata on it is ok with us. Another excellent option.

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Pizza with cauliflower on it is immediately suspect in our book, but the capers, anchovy, and pine nuts here make for an interesting combo with the chunky vegetable on top. We're always more inclined to order one of the more classic options, but this is interesting and worth a try.

Roman Artichoke

If this is available, you want it. Stuffed with garlic, breadcrumb, and anchovy, this is a flavorful, excellent plate for the table.


You don't need us to tell you this is gonna be good. Proceed.

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