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Ranked #95 of 3,725 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 50
Description: Located in Washington, D.C.'s Mount Vernon neighborhood, RPM Italian is modern in approach and Italian in spirit and features a contemporary, chef­-driven menu with dishes meant to be shared. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, this location marks the third collaboration between partners R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis, and celebrity couple Bill & Giuliana Rancic. Menu highlights include more than a dozen fresh pastas made in house daily, slow­-roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, and celebrated Italian classics with an elevated twist. Signature RPM cocktails or any wine from the extensive list enhance the dining experience. RPM Italian’s chic space is set in tones of black, whites and grays and boasts rich woods and leathers, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal, night out, or simply a late night bite.
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Description: Located in Washington, D.C.'s Mount Vernon neighborhood, RPM Italian is modern in approach and Italian in spirit and features a contemporary, chef­-driven menu with dishes meant to be shared. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, this location marks the third collaboration between partners R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis, and celebrity couple Bill & Giuliana Rancic. Menu highlights include more than a dozen fresh pastas made in house daily, slow­-roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, and celebrated Italian classics with an elevated twist. Signature RPM cocktails or any wine from the extensive list enhance the dining experience. RPM Italian’s chic space is set in tones of black, whites and grays and boasts rich woods and leathers, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal, night out, or simply a late night bite.
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a MUST if you are visiting the area! Where to begin... we were seated immediately as soon as we walked in. We had the best waiter, Andrea, he did a great job of explaining the menu and specials when we sat down. We started with appetizers and chose the Prime Beef meatballs and the Fritto Misto. The meatballs are an absolute must! They melt in your mouth, soooo delicious! The sauce/gravy is super delicious and completes the appetizer. The Fritto Misto was super delicious, it wasn't your ordinary fried calamari that's heavily breaded and fried. It was light and came with a delicious marinara and another sauce which complimented well. We moved onto our entrees afterwards and tried to order a little of everything and shared. I went for the spicy king crab pasta dish, absolutely delicious! It was a nice sized dish, had plenty of crab and it was a black pasta. My friend went for the eggplant parmigiana, it was perfect! It wasn't watery or mushy it was very flavorful! My other friend ordered the Creekstone Filet Mignon, another dish that was very flavorful and cooked just perfect. And the last 2 dishes we ordered was the shrimp scampi and giant prawns.. again flavorful and cooked just perfect. Side we ordered were the garlic mashed potatoes which were creamy and super super delicious! For dessert we had the flambé ice cream cake and it served the 4 of us! So so good!!! Andrea kept us laughing and our glasses were never empty. This was hands down the best meal while visiting the area! The bill wasn't bad considering we had appetizers, drinks, food and dessert. Definitely give it a try!!

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

We came to dinner here without reservations, which was very risky, but were lucky enough to get a high top table in the bar area. It's a modern, upscale scene and there are some good cocktails on the menu. I enjoyed my mushroom risotto and ate almost every last bite! My S.O. had a Bolognese-type of pasta and said it was terrific... he didn't even leave a single bite. Definitely recommend, but don't be as reckless as us — make reservations!

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Came here on a Saturday night to celebrate an anniversary dinner with my partner.

I'm not sure about parking, but this is very easy to get to via metro and a quick 5 minute walk.

We opted to use the Black Truffle Stuffed Pasta $19 to share as our " appetizer". For entrees one of us got the sea bass ( special of the day) and then our second entree to share was the Grilled Sword fish with Red Pepper Tapenade $32. We also shared the Spicy broccolini $8. With 2 cocktails each and the plethora of food, our bill came to about $130 pre-tip.

The black truffle pasta was the star of the show. Pretty small portions given the price, but black truffle is pretty expensive. I do not believe the pasta is big enough as an entree, but is great to share as an appetizer. The pasta itself is delicious, great texture (homemade) and the flavor was incredibly rich from the truffle. I wish there was more of it!

Both fish entrees were good, but neither amazing. I think it fits the regular standard restaurant seafood price of $24-32 but nothing truly made it stand out beyond that.

Kudos to the restaurant though for making our anniversary very sweet and special. They sent over two glasses of champagne and a small little baby ice cream cone to toast our anniversary. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great date. I will be back to try some of the other pasta dishes!

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Food and service were excellent.

Had the tuna bruschetta, the pappardelle bolognese, jumbo prawns, and chicken piccata - all were near perfect. Great ambiance and decor.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Absolutley great food, Went with friends on Tuesday, then back again on Saturday with another couple. We ate our way through the appetizers, trying mosst of them as shared plates

Date of visit: December 2016
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Thank JustAntony
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