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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Italian, Pizza
Upmarket restaurant

Mon–Thu 5:30pm–10:30pm
Fri–Sat 5:00pm–11:30pm
Sun 5:00pm–10:00pm

Features Date-friendly, good wines, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Logan Circle
1515 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 332-8613
Post up here with a pie, a pasta, and pretty people

Posto’s exterior is extremely efficient at concealing its contents. Literally, it’s not immediately clear that you’ve arrived at the restaurant. No fancy awning, no eye-catching signage. (Obviously, this was a deliberate move, intended to make patrons feel special and “exclusive.”) But you also wouldn’t expect the inside to look as it does. In the harsh light of day it looks rather cafeteria-like. Tile floors, an airiness that can seem cold when the restaurant is emptying, and tons of four-tops (not booths) fill every bit of floor space available. (On that note, try to avoid being seated at one of the tables smack in the middle of the restaurant, if possible.)

But this would be one stylish cafeteria. It’s decked out in beiges and browns, with chairs made of a visually pleasing combination of dark wood and shiny silver. There’s the roar of a wood-burning pizza oven in the background. Lighting was calculated with a sharp eye. Even servers look good. It gets pretty noisy when it’s full—what with all those hard surfaces that don’t absorb sound, but rather reflect it—but just consider that part of the experience.

And you should start your experience by getting a bottle (or a glass, depending on what kind of night you’re in for) from the well-chosen, Italian-focused list. Make no mistake; the selection is by no means limited to Italy. All the biggies—U.S., Spain, France, and so on—are represented. Look for crisp, interesting Ligurian whites. As for noshing, a salad with octopus, chickpeas, and frisée is a winner; it’s cool and refreshing, a study in textures, with slightly resilient flesh blending with, but not overpowering the peas.

The kitchen definitely has a way with pastas. Meat-filled ravioli, our favorite, are savory and rich, further enhanced by their butter sauce, through which thyme cuts clearly. This is one of the best pasta dishes in DC at the moment. Amazingly, the pizzas are equally impressive, their crusts arriving with the appropriate poofiness, but also that much-sought-after char underneath. The “Bismarck” combines ricotta, spinach, and egg in an ultimately savory, but vegetarian-friendly, pie.

Meals this good give you wings. One like this might even make you feel as hip as your surroundings.

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