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The 7 Best Italian Restaurants in DC

By Abby Dupes | March 16, 2021 | Food & Drink

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Craving pasta? Try our favorite Italian eateries that will have you saying bellissimo by dolce.

Fiola Mare

Take in stunning views of the Potomac river as you indulge in sophisticated frutti di mare. Stars on the Italian coastal cuisine menu include the Fiola Mare lobster ravioli with ginger, chives and a port wine reduction and the wild turbot with smoked dashi, perigord truffles and olive-oil whipped potatoes.


Chef Nicholas Stefanelli draws inspiration from his childhood with bold and balanced Italian flavors ever present in his creations. For a taste of all his brilliance, try Masseria’s six-course la cucina tasting menu, which features Golden Ossetra caviar, Norcia winter black truffles and a cheese trolly.

Lupo Verde

A rustic and intimate 100-seat interior sets the tone for the authentic Southern Italian bites—think house-made ricotta gnocchi with sweet potato and lamb ragu that melts in your mouth, and savory grilled branzino filet cooked to perfection.


At Modena, you can expect your meal to be seasonally on point and locally sourced. Their modern take on Italian classics like tortellini in brodo, lasagna vincisgrassi and roasted pork ragu celebrates the locally produced ingredients.

Officina at The Wharf

Also helmed by chef Nicholas Stefanelli, this Italian trattoria is a staple of The Wharf. With a specialty market and a rooftop bar, you’ll have the ultimate dining experience. For something sweet, try the resto’s gelati, which comes in cioccolato, pistacchio, raspberry and fior di latte.


In the heart of downtown, this eatery serves up traditional Italian cuisine. Inspired by the masters of dough making, the restaurant’s homemade pasta is a must-try. From linguine to tortellini, gnocchi to ravioli—you can’t go wrong.


On Palmer Alley, Centrolina is the place to find Italian cuisine. Stop by the mercato to pick up specialty cheeses and dried pastas, or settle in for dinner at the osteria where a rotating menu features foodie favorites like fettuccine with white bolognese, sage and parmigiano, and the pappardelle with chestnut, braised rabbit, nebbiolo and olive.

Photography by: Melena DeFlorimonte/M. Shonell Photography