Everyone feels loved and accepted when visiting Grandma's house, unlike the straight rejection suffered at Grandmama's house -- don't come up in here with that trash! Bringing you the grandmother-ly love with hearty eats: Casa Nonna.
From the lux-restauranteurs behind BLT Steak, Casa Nonna (translation: "Grandma's House") is a more casual, terra cotta-floor'd rustic Italian 200-seater decked with two large marble bars (one each for pizza and alcohol), all tastefully-kitsched out with Amaretti tins and ceramic roosters that look sweet there, though put them in your own house, and guess who the c*ck is. Bringing the relax-mosphere with a walk-up pie counter, they're dishing out Neapolitan numbers like a wood-roasted mushrooms/pancetta/melted onion/Taleggio & thyme Funghi, the fennel sausage/Rapini/tomato/mozzarella/pecorino/garlic Emilia, and the Bianca, smothered with with ricotta/fontina/mozzarella and truffle oil -- high class stuff that, like those who can appreciate it, required refining. They do mains but pasta's the focus, coming in two varieties, with dried Secca used in joints like the spicy tomato sauce'd Penne All'Arrabbiata, and a tomato basil sauce/parm Ravioli di Ricotta; and fresh/housemade Fatta in Casa featured in dishes like the standard, butter/cracked pepper Fettuccine Al Burro, and a bolognese/bechamel Lasagna Al Forno they describe as "kitchen pot", which's safest to enjoy only after having turned off all the burners.
Imbibing comes via 16 beers, 11 specialty 'tails like the grapefruit vodka/Aperol/honey syrup "Casanova", and a 70+ Italian-heavy wine menu loaded with suggested pairings -- also something you got more than your fill of at Grandma's.
Published: September 14, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
1250 Connecticut Ave
Washington dc, DC 20036
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