Best Places For Spaghetti In Washington DC

January 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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For many people, a bowl of spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food. Whether it’s with tomato sauce, seafood or garlic and herbs, this dish is so good it’s earned its own day. Jan. 4 is National Spaghetti Day, and these D.C. restaurants serve spaghetti every way you like it. From a simple topping of tomato and basil to a squid ink infused creation, there is a spaghetti dish that will satisfy every pasta lover in this city.  Below is a listing of some of the best spaghetti options in and around D.C.

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888

Known as one of the best Italian restaurants in D.C., Fiola has a plethora of pasta options, but one of its most popular pasta dishes might also be the simplest item on the menu: the spaghetti chitarra. Chitarra refers to a special pasta cutter shaped like a harp. At Fiola, chefs use this delicate machine to cut their spaghetti in house, resulting in a delicious, elegant bowl of spaghetti. The fresh spaghetti requires a topping of only roasted tomatoes and basil to create a hearty and comforting dish. Enjoy it with a dessert of Italian donuts at Fiola’s for $50.

427 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 546-0088

For a unique take on classic spaghetti noodles, try the spaghetti di nero at Elisir. The pasta boasts a rich black hue, a result of being infused with squid ink. The addition of the squid ink to the pasta gives it a briny flavor, which pairs well with seafood. At Elisir, the spaghetti di nero is served with clams and tuna bottarga and drizzled with a sauce made of roasted red peppers. It is an excellent choice for adventurous eaters. Served only at lunch time, the spaghetti di nero is offered for $22.

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Tuscana West
1350 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-7300

Savory and flavorful don’t begin to describe indulging in the spaghetti al putanesca at Tuscana West. Spaghetti noodles are mixed with capers, olives and anchovies, and then drenched in tomato sauce for the perfect spaghetti dish for smoky flavor lovers. It is a perfect dish for pairing with a glass of chianti. A generous serving of the spaghetti at putanesca is available at Tuscana West for $17.95.

Pacci’s Trattoria and Pasticerria
6 Post Office Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Seafood lovers will rejoice when sampling Pacci’s spaghetti al vongole. A sauce of white wine and tomatoes is made in house, with cherry tomatoes selected by the chef. The sauce is poured over perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles, along with a hearty heaping of baby clams. Use the leftover sauce as a dip for the complimentary bread you receive with your meal. Pacci’s spaghetti al vongole is priced at $15.

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915 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-2220

For a light but satisfying pasta, try Siroc’s chili spiced spaghetti. The spaghetti noodles are homemade and cooked perfectly al dente. The dish features flavors of garlic, capers, sweet tomatoes and warm oregano, all of which complement each other perfectly. The addition of earthy bell peppers and bottarga add depth and texture unseen in other spaghetti dishes. This item is listed on the dinner menu for $17.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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