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Indulge in Italian fare at these top Washington eateries

Indulge in Italian fare at these top Washington eateries
Fiola Mare | Photo: James M./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 26, 2020.

Craving Italian food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. Fiola Mare

photo: daisy d./yelp

Topping the list is Fiola Mare. Located at 3050 K St. NW, Suite 101, in Georgetown, it is the most popular high-end Italian restaurant in Washington, boasting four stars out of 1,096 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper Me M., who reviewed Fiola Mare on May 2, wrote, "We had takeout from several high-end restaurants over the past couple of months, and by far, this was the best quality and taste, and the best deal."

And Han L. wrote, "We ended up deciding on the seafood appetizer for two. It was decked out with all of our favorite goodies from the sea: oysters, sea urchin, prawns, lobsters, mussels, scallops. It was so fresh."

2. Masseria

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Masseria, located at 1340 Fourth St. NE in NoMa, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the restaurant four stars out of 344 reviews. The site has lots more information on Masseria.

"Masseria, by chef Nick Stefanelli is a celebration of big, harmonious flavors and the finest Italian cooking that shaped his palate as a child," it states on its Yelp page.

"The restaurant's name carries a heartfelt meaning of home, defining the charming agricultural farm of the Puglia region. Entering into a handsome courtyard with relaxed seating, Masseria combines the raw and simple look of an Italian country estate, the industrial grit of the Union Market district, and the undeniable contemporary chic of its fashion-savvy chef-owner."

Slow-roasted Duroc pork loin and belly, grilled swordfish and braised short ribs are among the menu options.

3. Obelisk

photo: linda c./yelp

Obelisk in Dupont Circle is another pricey go-to, with four stars out of 347 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2029 P St. NW to see for yourself. 

Yelper Mike B., who reviewed Obelisk on Dec. 5, 2019, wrote, "This is a splendid restaurant that serves five courses of Italian cuisine. The first course was a mix of appetizers. It included the meatiest and most well seasoned clams I've ever had. There was also a large portion of creamy burrata, some beets and a very intense slice of head cheese. This was all accompanied by a variety of Italian breads."

Michelle T. noted, "This was an absolutely fantastic dining experience. For my primi, I had cod raviolinis with mussels and a white sauce."


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