Masseria: An Italian Oasis in DC

Masseria captivates me the moment I step through the gate and into the courtyard. This beautifully appointed spot created by chef/owner Nick Stefanelli is designed to transport visitors to the coast of Italy, which is an admirable feat considering its location on a quiet street of warehouses behind Union Market in DC. And while rustic brick and […]

Osteria Morini: Again (and again)

I don’t actually tabulate the number of times I visit a restaurant, but if I did Osteria Morini is in the running for the number one spot.  It has been quite some time since my initial post, so I’m putting my fingers on the keyboard once again to sum up why this Navy Yards Italian […]

Centrolina: Keeping it Real

Every time I stumble upon the City Center development in the heart of DC, I feel a sudden jolt. The area doesn’t fuse seamlessly into the rest of the city. Instead it stands apart – with its bright and shiny facade. On the other hand Centrolina, the Italian restaurant nestled between the upscale shops and pedestrian […]

Floriana: Checks and Balances

People choose where to dine for a variety of reasons, and sometimes convenience tops the list. I select Floriana, the Italian restaurant near DC’s Dupont Circle, as the location for a pre-theater dinner.  Since my friends have come to expect carefully curated restaurants when they dine with me, I feel the need to issue a qualifier […]

Posto: For Pre-Theater (CLOSED)

As much as I cherish a Saturday evening dedicated to dining, sometimes a restaurant isn’t the main event on my agenda. My husband and I regularly join friends for dinner and a show, where the meal takes on a more minor role in the evening’s entertainment.  Convenience inevitably becomes one of the determining factors in […]

Lupo Verde: The New Italian Kid on the Block

Is there a tipping point when it comes to having too much of a good thing? Will DC diners tire of new Italian restaurants considering that we’ve recently gained Ghibellina, Etto, Osteria Morini, Alba Osteria, Fiola Mare, and now Lupo Verde?  Will 14th Street, bursting-at-the-seams with new restaurants, eventually start to see some attrition?  We […]

Osteria Morini: Giving Me Something to Cheer For

Anyone who knows me is aware of my complete disinterest in sports. I did go to a National’s game back in 2012.  I had every intention of making it to a game last year, but it felt like such a hassle to go to a game, particularly to cheer on a somewhat uninspiring team. Recently, […]

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