Parking is tough in this neighborhood so it’s a plus that the restaurant has its own lot.
Though the main dining room is intimate, the restaurant has a second dining room that caters to large groups.
Right for conversation.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan for around $50.
This family-run Italian eatery on Crystal City’s busy restaurant row, a.k.a. 23rd Street, has been dishing up plates of pasta for three generations. Adelmo Micheli and his son, Sergio, opened the place in 1970, later Sergio and his wife Pilar ran it, and recently their son Richard, a Culinary Institute of America grad, has taken the torch. The old world feel -- think dark wood, gilded mirrors, and brocade boudoir chairs -- strikes a nostalgic chord with older couples and extended families with children who frequent the place and become regulars. They come for classic Italian fare -- many of the plates are from longtime family recipes. Pastas include lasagna bolognese, linguine with Ligurian pesto, and veal-stuffed ravioli with sun-dried tomatoes. More substantial plates range from dishes like chicken or veal marsala, with wine and mushrooms, or piccata with lemon and capers, to rosemary-crusted lamb chops with black olive sauce. There’s also an extensive list of daily specials like a breaded veal chop over arugula and tomato salad. Desserts hew to the traditional for the most part with picks like chocolate-chip-studded cannolis, but there’s room for seasonal specials like pumpkin cheesecake too.
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