The Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

Washington, D.C., home to leading diplomats and top politicians, also serves up some of the country's most unforgettable meals. Upscale restaurants neighbor local favorites that have been plating up hearty pasta plates for decades. But where are the true foodies of the city eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants in DC. Here’s where they’re dining now in the capital.

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Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
870 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Warm, welcoming, celebrity hangout, Al Tiramisu serves up authentic Italian flavors. Since the restaurant opened in 1996, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has brought classic, rustic cuisine to the table. The fam...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,164 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation

Siroc Restaurant, located just off of McPherson Square, offers a casual, intimate atmosphere that leaves pretension at the door. The food is classic and innovative, with a seasonal menu that celebrate...

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Best Value in District of Columbia

Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,089 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Enjoy going “home” to eat when stepping through the doors of the converted row house that is the front of Floriana. Dupont Circle is home to some of the best Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C., a...

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RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,611 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

RPM Italian in D.C. continues the tradition of excellence set by the Chicago restaurant of the same name. The ultra-modern decor creates a clean slate for the elegant updates to traditional Italian di...

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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,294 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

For a night out, dressed up to the nines, an evening at Cafe Milano can't be beat. This intimate eatery combines the best of Milanese fashion and food with a decor that features framed designer scarve...

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Hot Spot in District of Columbia
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Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,196 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Delightful dining in Washington, D.C. extends well in to the surrounding areas with Cesco Osteria in Bethesda serving up some of the best Tuscan-inspired dishes in the capital. Teardrop light fixtures...

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Fit for Foodies in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,301 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation

Chef Vittorio Testa brings traditional Italian cooking methods to fresh, high-quality ingredients at Ristorante La Perla of Washington. This five-star Italian eatery puts the emphasis right where it b...

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Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,243 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Sicilian influences are everywhere at Osteria da Nino, one of the best restaurants for Italian in DC's suburbs. The Arlington, Virginia, location means diners leave the hustle and bustle of the capita...

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Italian in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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Urbana Dining & Drinks

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Dupont Circle
1,434 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

Dupont Circle, one of the most well-known neighborhoods in Capital City, is also home to some of the best Italian in DC. Urbana, a casual Italian eatery, is part of the food scene that keeps this neig...

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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,094 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Warm and whimsical encapsulate the decor at Mele Bistro. Patches of painted and exposed brick contrast with the raw, natural polished wood of the bar and white linen tables. Oven-baked bread starts of...

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Italian in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,459 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Ristorante Piccolo in Historic Georgetown turns any night out into a romantic occasion. Book a table on the second-floor balcony for a stunning view of the C&O Canal to complement the meal. A plentifu...

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Romantic in District of Columbia

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
582 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

Flavio offers an unpretentious atmosphere that blends industrial decor with classic Italian food. Exposed brick and uncovered tables put the focus on an affordably priced menu that has a variety of cl...

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Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,737 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the capital's best-kept secrets, Ristorante Bonaroti is in Vienna, Virginia. This classic restaurant welcomes you with the Italian hospitality that is such a big part of a fun evening, all unde...

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Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
5,330 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

Southern Italian is on the menu at Carmine's in Washington, D.C. Located in the Penn Quarter, a night at this family-friendly restaurant is accessible from every area of the city. The food comes out f...

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Good for Groups in District of Columbia

Bellissimo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
1,268 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

The unassuming facade of Bellissimo Restaurant hides a long list of culinary delights. The carpaccio di carne is bright, peppery, and covered in a healthy sprinkle of parmesan. The portabello tartufat...

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Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,718 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Exposed brick, white tablecloths, and a massive fireplace turn Il Porto Ristorante into a dining spot that is nostalgic and cozy. Its Old Town location in Alexandria means there is plenty to explore b...

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Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,166 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Sit back and relax at one of the white-clothed tables at Fontina Grille. The warm wood tones and muted lighting create an intimate atmosphere that encourages congenial conversation. The menu offers pl...

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Best Value in Maryland - DC Suburbs

i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,601 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

Exposed beams, dark wood, plenty of patio seating, and intricate murals create unique spaces inside i Ricchi, an authentic Tuscan restaurant in Dupont Circle. The menu is imaginative while staying tru...

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Italian in District of Columbia

Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
788 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine

Fine dining is at its best at Carmello's. This elegant restaurant combines the flavors of the Mediterranean, Portugal, and Italy for complex plates with an unexpected twist. An award-winning wine list...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

La Panetteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
732 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Impeccable service and a cozy, old-world atmosphere keep diners coming back to La Panetteria. This Bethesda gem features a menu that pulls from the best of both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. ...

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