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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Caruso's Grocery - DC restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1051)
$31 to $50
Italian
Capitol Hill
About the restaurant
Please note that we are not offering Restaurant Week at our DC location.

Located at 914 14th Street SE in Washington, DC.

Caruso’s Grocery is modeled after the classic, Italian-American "red sauce" joint. You know the one: red banquettes, a killer chicken parmesan, Sinatra pouring through the speakers. If you’re looking for modern interpretations of a chef's take on the classics, you won’t find them here.

A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food and service, and great prices for DC!
A photo of Centrolina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2002)
$50 and over
Italian
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonally driven menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner. Chef Brandwein's menu is inspired from the seasons, Italian regionality and the wide variety of Chef curated product in the adjoining market.

The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway.

For parties of 7 people or more, we do require a prix-fixe menu, please email caroline@centrolinadc.com for additional information.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
10/10! Food is always amazing here. Panna cotta was the best I’ve ever had.
A photo of Tosca restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4437)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Currently open for lunch and dinner. Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Tosca serves Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy. Tosca combines modern style and elegance to create an intimate and comfortable setting.
Tosca implements a dress code and proper attire is required. We do not allow athletic wear, shorts, beach attire, tank tops, flip flops, or torn or excessively revealing clothing. We reserve the right to determine if a guest needs to adjust their attire before being seated.
Top review
NoahM
Dined 1 day ago
If I could give six stars I would, especially for service. I’ve never been to a restaurant where they offered me a drink menu, I told them I was under 21, and they come back and offer me a mocktail. The food was like no other Italian restaurant I’ve been to. Absolutely phenomenal.
A photo of Al Tiramisu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1343)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Al Tiramisu is a cozy friendly neighborhood restaurant. Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Dupont Circle since 1996. Sourcing the best ingredients available to produce the most authentic Italian fare possible.
Top review
frenchievip
Dined 6 days ago
Without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in DC. The staff is warm, welcoming and attentive. The food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere relaxed but sophisticated.
A photo of Giovanni's Trattu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (782)
$30 and under
Italian
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Giovanni's Trattu may be the only restaurant in DC to capture the feel of Venice. Formerly known as Trattu, this cozy little restaurant provides the lighter cuisine of Northern Italy, which is known for its unique flavor. The extensive menu changes every fall, winter and summer. Seating 60 in the main dining room, Giovanni's Trattu is candlelight at night and it entertains guests with friendly style of service, providing classic Italian music. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, business lunches and dinners, romantic dates and family celebrations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great find. Felt like an Italian place you'd find in Manhattan or Little Italy in Chicago. Food was good and very reasonably priced, especially for DC prices. Will definitely go back.
A photo of Il Piccolo Morso restaurant
4.7
4.7 (501)
$30 and under
Italian
Leonardtown
About the restaurant
Il Piccolo Morso - Serving delicious Italian food and cocktails in Leonardtown, Maryland. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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DeannaD
Dined on May 30, 2024
The drinks are so good! The bartender Luis makes the best smoked old fashions in the county. Food is delicious as well. The best mushroom Ravioli and Pasta Carbonara. Our group tried the Tuscan Seafood special and it was made to perfection. Everyone is always so friendly and hospitable. It’s like going to a friends house for dinner type of atmosphere.
A photo of Manalu Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1222)
$30 and under
Italian
Frederick
About the restaurant
Manalu is a new authentic Italian restaurant by Chef/Owner Marco Pontecorvo. The name was to combine all three of his family members names. MA for Marco, NA for Naomi, his daughter, and LU for Lucia, his wife. Manalu's goal is to bring a taste of Italy and a touch of Naples in the town, by serving authentic Italian cuisine and the original pizza Napoletana cooked in a brick oven. The atmosphere is very cozy and warm, perfect for family and friends. Manalu` also has a full bar and happy hour Mon-Fri from 4pm to 7pm. Happy hour also includes a food menu with delicious appetizers.
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EvelynBvip
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Second visit. Wonderful Italian food. Had brushetta, lobster ravioli and chicken picatta. All were excellent and not overly garlicky which turns us off at most Italian restaurants. Matt, our server was also very good and friendly.
A photo of Filomena Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (16593)
$31 to $50
Italian
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Filomena Now over 40 Years and counting!
Filomena is a Washington DC landmark restaurant now with over 40 years of serving some of the finest Italian food you can enjoy. Our Pasta is fresh made by hand just like it was done for centuries in Italy. Our bakery is in-house, and we make over 20 different desserts to choose from. During Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas you can experience some of the most incredible decorations you can find! Four decades of making not just a great dining experience but a memorable one. Filomena has recently introduced a full line of homemade pasta, sauces, desserts that can be shipped nationwide too!
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EricaBvip
Dined 2 days ago
I have been going to this restaurant for 25 years. The quality continue to be incredible and consistent. We had the burrata starter -- yum! Best we have ever had. We also had the short rib pasta (which has been on the menu for as long as I have going there) and the Chilean sea bass special. Both were mouthwatering. The portions were huge and we had to take half to go. If you haven't gone to Filomena, make it happen! You won't regret having handmade pasta from this iconic restaurant.
A photo of Orofino Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1607)
$30 and under
Italian
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
Danilo Orofino was born in Palermo, Sicily, where he studied the culinary arts as well as restaurant and hotel management. He opened his first restaurant/coffee bar in Sicily at the age of 18. After 4 years of hard work, he closed the place with dreams of doing even more with his life.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our early evening dinner was superb. Started with wine and charcuterie board, and dinner was served. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Highly recommended for world class Italian cuisine.
A photo of Ristorante Bonaroti restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2196)
$31 to $50
Italian
Vienna
About the restaurant
A well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Vienna offering elegant dining within a warm and intimate setting. Our classic Italian cuisine has been ranked among the best in the Washington, D.C. area. Bar featuring new appetizer menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
First timer at Restorante Bonaroti. Celebrating my wife’s birthday with the family. The restaurant ambience, staff, food, wine, service and anything you can think of was outstanding.
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