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“Best Italian restaurant in DC!”
Review of Al Crostino

Al Crostino
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Ranked #783 of 3,524 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: US$ 16 - US$ 32
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
Description: Family-operated, Al Crostino is an intimate Italian restaurant located in Washington D.C. That exudes a 'la famiglia' atmosphere. This Neapolitan family offers a collection of flavorsome dishes, priding themselves on their homemade pasta, fresh fish, desserts, and their assortment of exquisite Italian wines.
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This place has great food and excellent pasta and competent service. I recently had parpadelle with lam ragu which was excellent.

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

We ate here this evening. Small family owned & run Italian restaurant. I almost never give 5* in every category however this place was wonderful. Service, food everything. If we lived in DC we would be regulars. Definitely worth trying it out.

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Thank Boggio
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Went on a recommendation and were not disappointed. Staff were friendly and efficient. Food selection was limited but our choices were good. Portions were small by American standards and quite expensive. It is more of a special occasion venue.

Thank Lynn W
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We celebrated a friend's birthday here and had a great experience. The upstairs was reserved for the party, including the upstairs bar. The menu had VERY authentic Italian food so hard to chose. I was tempted to simply order two appetizers, the oven-roasted octopus with arugula and cold sliced veal looked delicious (one of the guests raved about the veal). I ordered the braised short ribs over sauteed peas and was very pleased with the taste -- the serving is very ample. The peas were exceptional and the short rib meat very moist. My spouse ordered the swordfish with salad and said he was pleasantly surprised that it never got tough. We met the chef and her apprentice daughter and complimented them on a great restaurant.

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Thank Mary A
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