In an old brick townhouse on 14th Street, Lupo Verde is a solid Italian option for most occasions. The chandeliers and long drapes are romantic enough for date night, and there’s enough space and a few round tables that work for a group dinner. There’s also a bar where you could post up solo. The pastas, pizzas, and charcuterie boards are all reliable, and they do brunch on the weekends as well.
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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
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Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
A casual spot by day, and a proper restaurant by night, hit The Partisan in Penn Quarter if you really enjoy meat.
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