WASHINGTON — Interested in trying some new Italian spots in Washington? You're in luck: We've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Italian food.
221 Tingey St. SE, Navy Yard
Maialino Mare's menu features swordfish with mushrooms, capers and white wine, steak Florentine, charred octopus, fried artichokes, fettuccine with shrimp and bucatini with spicy tomato, guanciale and pecorino, among other options.
With a 4.5-star Yelp rating out five reviews, Maialino Mare has made a positive impression thus far.
Yelper Em E., who reviewed Maialino Mare on Jan. 5, wrote, 'We had the calamari as our appetizer, cacio e pepe and Bolognese as our pastas, swordfish with zucca as our main course and torta della nonna for dessert. Everything was tasty, with the swordfish, zucca and torta della nonna as the most memorable items of the evening.'
Meili L. wrote, 'Bistecca alla Fiorentina — this porterhouse steak was perfect for two people. The steak was well prepped and tender. I would recommend this for any steak lovers.'
Maialino Mare is open from 5–10 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 5–10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
1775 Columbia Road NW, Adams Morgan
Among the signature dishes at Reveler’s Hour are pork liver paté, guanciale and onions on bucatini with white sauce, Genovese-style beef ragu and crispy zeppole with grilled puntarelle and ramp mustard aioli.
Reveler’s Hour is being welcomed to the neighborhood with five stars out of five reviews on Yelp.
Yelper Camsie M., who reviewed Reveler’s Hour on Jan. 5, wrote, 'The highlights: Grilled oysters — we had three plates of these. Pork skewers with this ridiculous spicy honey. Meatballs with creamy polenta. Brown butter bar nuts. Pork and fennel pasta yumminess.'
Sarah F. noted, 'The potato chips with potato dip was so inventive and a nice bite. I ordered the guanciale with bucatini, which was delicious. As was the pasta with mushy broccoli, though I felt I probably could have made something similar at home.'
The restaurant's dining room is open from 5:30-10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 5- 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5-10 p.m. on Sunday.
1100 New York Ave. NW, Downtown
And finally, Modena, featuring chef John Melfi's Italian-influenced California cuisine, offers such entrees as beef, pork, and veal Bolognese noodles, monkfish with Sardinian fregola, calamari and clams in lobster broth and honeynut squash risotto with apple, fried sage, and toasted pumpkin seed crumble.
Yelp users are generally positive about Modena, which currently holds four stars out of 10 reviews on the site.
Yelper Mike C., who was one of the first users to visit Modena on Dec. 13, wrote, 'The best meal I ate in 2019. The service is exceptional. I've now eaten at the restaurant on four separate occasions, all the combinations of appetizers and entrées. Everything has met my expectations and beyond.'
Yelper Buonarotti G. wrote, 'Chef Melfi brings to Modena his very special talents and creativity. Pasta dishes were full of flavor, and the desserts were exceptional. This is not your typical meatball and spaghetti Italian, but very nice dining in a very comfortable dining room.'
Modena is open from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10:30 p.m. on Friday and 5–10:30 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)
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