1775 Columbia Rd. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Our bill: ~$150 (food, beverage, tax and tip)
Our rating: ★★★★★
Vibe: Mix between casual and elegant casual
Cuisine: Italian (wine, pasta, small plates)
Reservations: yes, recommended
We loved this place. It’s a new restaurant in Adams Morgan by the team behind Michelin-starred Tail Up Goat. The theme is fancy comfort food and carbs that is more wallet-conscious than its sister.
When we entered, we were greeted by a friendly and polite staff that gave off very good vibes.
The menu is broken down into snacks, small plates, and pastas. Their wine and cocktail menu was impressive.
We ordered the grilled cape may salt oysters, the dry aged beef meatballs, 36 month aged parmesan, the buccatini and the tagliolini.
We don’t like oysters and typically wouldn’t think to try them, however, the description was intriguing so we decided to be adventurous. They were so good and changed our minds about oysters. They come in threes and there was definitely an argument on who got the third one ;)
When it comes to the dry aged beef meatballs, we wanted to order more. They were extremely flavorful and the crispy texture was nice. They weren’t dried out like some meatballs can be, which was pleasant. If you were to order one thing from the small plates section, definitely make it these meatballs!
The 36 month aged parmesan was pretty good. You could taste the salt crystals in it and they paired it with orange slices that were kind of like a marmalade. Aaron thought flavors of the orange and parmesan paired together surprisingly well.
The pasta dishes were very fresh and the noodles tasted like they were handmade.
We had differing opinions on which pasta dish we liked. While I loved the tagliolini, the buccatini was my favorite. It was creamy and the caramelized onions gave it a distinct flavor. The whole dish reminded me of a fancier cacio e pepe.
Aaron preferred the tagliolini over the buccatini because it reminded him more of a comfort dish that he would make at home (if he knew how to cook that good, lol).
For drinks, Aaron ordered an old fashioned. It definitely had a hefty pour and he liked it enough to get a second. I got a raspberry sour beer and it was decent.
They do not have a dessert menu (at least at the time we went in January 2020), only a dessert of the day which we did not order.
Overall, we highly recommend this restaurant for a date night or with friends. The atmosphere there is something you need to experience.
We recommend snagging reservations online, but if you don’t have them they have first come, first serve seating. There is a decent sized bar area to wait while you wait for a table to open up.
Additionally, the outside is very nondescript; you would walk past it if you weren’t looking for it. Look for the Reveler’s Hour logo on the window.
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