Ravioli has been a longtime favorite pasta choice for many throughout the ages. The first known account for a ravioli-like stuffed dumpling dish can be traced back to as early as the 14th century, and the popularity and demand for such is just as strong as ever. Many restaurants even feature their own house ravioli exclusives and specials. Do you want to taste some of the best ravioli D.C. has to offer? Then consider heading to these five places.
1063 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Filomena has a reputation for offering all the hearty Italian classics and traditional favorites you love so well. Even better, all their pasta is made in-house, adding flavors and tastes far fresher and altogether better than others can boast. The menu includes plenty of palate-pleasers, with several unique ravioli dishes topping the list. Some of the featured favorites you will find here include Ravioli Di Chiaccheri, Agnolotti Alla Panna, Tortelloni Di Michele and the lunch specialty of Ravioli Alla Matrimonia—the perfect marriage of meatballs and cheese-stuffed ravioli.
539 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Come to Lavagna and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dining experience done Italian-style. Dishes are prepared using locally sourced ingredients from surrounding area growers, bringing robust fresh flavors to every meal. Guests here can always rely on contemporary “classic” Italian fare as well as changing seasonal specials. Two of Lavagna’s most acclaimed ravioli plates are the Ravioli Fritto (a fried ravioli dish) and Ravioli Ricotta.
1228 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Discover a taste of Tuscany right in the heart of D.C. at Tortino. When Executive Chef Noé Canales opened back in 2011 he brought with him his master techniques and world-over experiences to deliver delicious dishes in contemporary Italian cuisine. Among the many offerings here you will frequently find ravioli specials, including seafood combinations like squid, crabmeat and lobster. Other available favorites include buffalo-stuffed mozzarella, braised beef short ribs, butternut squash and more.
1738 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
This well-loved French bistro also features some of the most delicious ravioli selections in D.C. Try Dauphinoise, which combines mini raviolis, cream sauce and Swiss Gruyere, or perhaps Homardine—a blend of mini raviolis, seafood, mushrooms and lobster sauce. Other popular picks are Provençale (made from mini raviolis, ham, vegetables and a fresh herb sauce) and Nordique (a mixture of mini raviolis, salmon, vegetables and herbs in a cream sauce), among others. The bistrot also boasts a grand selection of authentic wines and other menu options—perfect for pairing with ravioli and other cuisine offerings.
1068 31st St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
For more than 30 years this authentic Italian spot has been a Georgetown favorite. A site for Tuscan style and romance, both locals and visitors flock here to enjoy classic Italian pastas and other picks, including some of the best ravioli features around. Dive into Ravioli Verde, made from spinach-filled ricotta and Parmesan. Or perhaps Ravioli Di Costine Di Manzo (a short-rib stuffed ravioli dish) or Ravioli Argosta (lobster ravioli) is more to your liking. Another delectable choice and Taste of Georgetown winner is Agnolotti Ai Porcini—a mushroom-filled ravioli entrée with sage, butter and black truffle oil.