This family-style Italian restaurant sticks to a simple menu of pasta, antipasti, and hearty mains sure to leave everyone at the table happy. Start with a glass (or carafe for sharing) of the grapefruit Aperol spritz. Then order up a few antipasti dishes—the dry-aged beef carpaccio and housemade burrata offer a nice salty-savory combination. For mains, it’s hard not to load up on pasta, from the thick and creamy cacio e pepe bucatini to the rigatoni and lamb. There’s also a “bambini” menu for the kids and a lush patio overlooking Eastern Market, making this an enticing place to sit and linger as Italians do.
On Capitol Hill, La Collina is a new family-style Italian restaurant with antipasto, hearty pasta dishes, and a memorable grapefruit Aperol spritz. For restaurant week, the dinner menu, priced at $40 per person, allows you to start with a salmon crudo, then try the cacio e pepe or cauliflower romesco. For dessert it’s toss-up between silky smooth olive oil cake or a taster of homemade gelato in a few flavors.