Best Italian Restaurants In Washington, D.C.

June 10, 2015 8:00 AM

Italian cuisine is the ultimate comfort food. Mounds of pasta, drenched in decadent sauces, served with delicious breads and desserts and, of course, loads of wine all represent the joy of eating Italian. Luckily, there are many choices in D.C. for Italian food, but sometimes it is hard to weed out the good from the bad from the best. To help you out, here is a list of five of the best, known for consistently providing impeccable food and a great dining experience.
1100 New York Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550

Bibiana is one of DC’s best fine dining Italian food restaurants. Start your meal off with their burrata appetizer, served with balsamic vinegar and sweet eggplant jam or the crispy risotto fritters drizzled with tomato sauce. Next, enjoy beet ravioli, soaked in a heady butter sauce or ricotta cheese cavatelli. Finally, close your meal with chocolate crepes, panna cotta, or gelato. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Lupo Verde
1401 T St. N.W
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 827-4752

This charming 14th St. restaurant make some of the best pasta in town. Their menu is designed for several courses, so be prepared for a long and luxurious dinner. Their fried artichokes are a great starter, and the cacio e pepe pasta is one of their most popular dishes. Be sure to squeeze in a cheese plate at some point during your meal. This restaurant can get really crowded, so a reservation is essential.

1610 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 803-2389

Warm and rustic, this is another 14th St. staple that offers great Italian food. Their pizzas are as good as their pastas, and there are plenty of tasty salads and appetizers, too. Try the ribiolta, a Tuscan bread soup, or the sweet potato gnocchi. The four cheese pizza is also a hit amongst locals.

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Osteria Morini
301 Water St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-0660

Located by the southwest waterfront, Osteria Morini has all kinds of treats you will want to sample. Chickpea crostini with pesto, celery root soup with black truffles, and rigatoni with meaty wild mushrooms are just a few of the highlights. The extensive wine list is a plus, as is the tempting dessert menu, which features a lemon tart, chocolate cake, tiramisu, and hazelnut mousse.

2029 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-1180

This restaurant makes every best Italian restaurant list, and for good reason. Obelisk is a tiny, lovely restaurant in Dupont Circle that has just a handful of tables. The restaurant offers a single five course menu, with a few choices for each course. Their food is as tasty as it is beautiful to look at. The menu changes daily, so you will have to contact them to find out what they are currently offering, but no matter what is on the menu it is guaranteed to be phenomenal.

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