There is something about Italian food that is just so delicious, hearty, comforting, and everything in between. 

There are many, many options to choose from in terms of Italian cuisine here in Washington, D.C., but only a few truly stand out amongst the rest. 

Here are five of the best Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Lupo Verde

1401 T St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009

Lupo Verde is located on the charming corner of 14th Street and T Street NW. The restaurant is in a converted row house and features two levels of dining space with exposed brick and dim lighting, and a small patio perfect for people-watching. Come here for a romantic date and make sure you share a bottle of wine, try one of the salumi plates, and get your own specialty pastas.

Check out the full menu here.


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Casa Luca

1099 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Casa Luca is located near downtown D.C. on New York Avenue, which makes it the perfect place for a business lunch or dinner. It’s also a place you may want to take your family when they’re in town. Basically, if you want a restaurant that’s classy and has plenty of options for different tastes, this is the one. 

The delicious menu can be found here


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RPM Italian

650 K St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Sure, you can go to RPM in other places like New York City, but if we were going to include an Italian chain, this would be it. Think incredibly elegant atmosphere fit for any special occasion from an engagement dinner to an important birthday. If you wanted pasta with the finest seafood or the most tender veal chop, head here. 

You can take a peek at the menu before you make the reservation here


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Filomena Ristorante

1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007

Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown has been an Italian staple in Washington, D.C., for over 30 years. From the front window, to this day, you can watch the pizza and pasta be made in-house. Come here for the best of the best heart comfort classic and charming, historic digs. 

Wet your appetite with the menu beforehand here


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Fiola Mare

3050 K St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007

If you want to enjoy waterfront views and one of the most highly rated restaurants in town, then go to Fiola Mare. Whoever you take will be greatly impressed by the freshness of the ingredients, selection of menu items, and creative take on plating and presentation. Expect luxe and modern both in the décor and the food. 

Have a look at the full menu here


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And if you are looking for other interesting cuisines to try, check out these best Russian, Indian, and Vietnamese restaurants in the city. The Washington, D.C., food scene continues to evolve and gain popularity, so make sure you check Our Community Now often to get the latest scoop on the hottest places to eat and drink. 

What Italian restaurant really hits the spot for you? Let us know your favorite go-tos in the comments below!