Pumpkin season is finally back. D.C. chefs are as excited as you are about this popular fall ingredient, and as a result, many restaurants are featuring new delicious dishes made with pumpkin. Here is a list of five of the best dishes available right now in D.C. that use pumpkin as the main ingredient. Each dish highlights the sweet and hearty flavor of pumpkin in a different way.
515 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The pumpkin curry at Thai X-ing is one of the most renowned dishes in D.C. Huge hunks of pumpkin are drowned in a sweet and spicy red curry, along with other fresh vegetables. Enjoy it with a serving of steaming hot rice. It is served as a part of a tasting menu, which is offered nightly.
1600 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Chef Motley is offering a fabulous pumpkin flatbread this fall which is bound to become popular amongst D.C. patrons. The flatbread will be topped with roasted pumpkin, smoked mozzarella, creamy creme fraiche, sweet cipollini onions, wild arugula and, to highlight the pumpkin theme even more, toasted pumpkin seeds. For even more pumpkin, try the warm pumpkin salad, which comes with wild mushrooms and is topped with a brown butter sherry. You will certainly get your pumpkin fix at Nage!
400 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Pizzeria Orso has lots of delicious pizzas, but none are quite as unique as its smashing pumpkin pizza. The pizza dough, cooked in a brick oven, is topped with roasted pumpkin, three different kinds of cheese, pear, garlic, spicy arugula and a rich cream sauce. The dish is a whirlwind of flavor and texture and is utterly delicious. This pizza is offered year round, and is perfect for sharing.
1666 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Sette Osteria is one of Dupont Circle’s most popular Italian restaurants. One of the best dishes is the ravioli della nonna, a decadent ravioli stuffed with pumpkin. Made in house, the ravioli are tossed in a savory sage and butter sauce, and sprinkled with amaretti, an almond-flavored macaroon. The sweet pumpkin and amaretti are the perfect contrast to the salty butter and woody sage flavor, which is why it is one of the best pumpkin dishes in D.C.
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1412 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
This charming Thai restaurant has a wonderful menu that focuses on noodles, but it also offers several great appetizers including crispy pumpkin empanadas. The empanadas are served with fresh cucumber relish and fragrant cilantro. The savory shell enrobes a spiced pumpkin filling which is unlike anything you have ever had. Each order has two empanadas, so it is the ideal appetizer for sharing. Even if you don’t stay for dinner, be sure to sample these empanadas.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.