It's a proud day in any father's life when he sees his two children open their own fast-casual spin-off restaurant, assuming he wasn't thinking they'd be like doctors or lawyers or whatever. Well, guy who owns Sorriso in Cleveland Park: prepare to be proud, probably, because your kids have just opened Cafe Sorriso
Woodley Park's small dine n' dash Italian eatery shares only a name with the original, and is the product of a son & daughter team relaxing their father's vision with warm brick, Old Country coffee tins filled with flowers, and an imported gelato machine helmed by the son, who was trained in the dessert-making art in Bologna, the famous home of
bolognese sauce cool old gelato machines. Smaller stuff includes an herb-rubbed porchetta sandwich w/ tomato rosemary jam, pesto penne made using organic basil from their garden, and four different types of pizza al taglio, or "square pizza" for the layman, or "pizza" for the layman who's also a nerd. If you're actually not looking to get out of there quick, or like, do anything remotely swiftly for a while, they've got "full plates" like an NY strip with borlotti beans and hand-cut fries, and homemade tagliatelle with lamb sausage ragu
To help with the whole eventually-wanting-to-get-up thing, there's Italian digestifs (specifically: Sambuca, Campari, and amaretto) and enough Bloody Marys and Bellinis to ensure new restaurants aren't the only things that seem to spin-off.