My party of 5 had an amazing evening celebrating 2 birthdays at Al Crostino. We have been frequenting this restaurant for many years and consider it to be the best Italian restaurant in DC. Owned by a mother-daughter team, they consistently deliver fresh, authentic dishes such as homemade pastas, meat and fish specialties and homemade desserts. On Tuesdays, all pastas are $14; on Wednesdays they have 30% off all wines; and they also have a great Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary's. For appetizers we had caprese, oven-roasted octopus and meatballs. For dinner we had an assortment of pastas and pollo alla milanese. All great! And for dessert we had a special dark chocolate salami roll -- unique and flavorful. They also have a great wine list. Worth a visit! -- in the popular Shaw section of town.