Italian food happens to be one of the most popular cuisines in the country, and DC’s restaurants show exactly why that’s the case with their delicious selection of pizzas, pastas, and more. Here are our top five choices for the top Italian restaurants in DC, all of which you need to check out during one of your upcoming DC visits.

Fiola Mare

This super-luxurious Italian seafood restaurant, located on the Georgetown Harbour, is one of the city’s most beautiful places to eat. Head here for a sumptuous feast of lobster or spaghetti with deliciously fresh crab meat.

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065


14th Street’s Ghibellina is one of the city’s best date spots, with an inviting marbled interior just fancy enough to impress without intimidating your partner as well as delicious, doughy pizzas and fresh-tasting pastas. Grab a seat at the bar and order a glass of Italian red wine to start your meal off right.

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 803-2389


Recently opened charmer Rosario is situated in the sizzling hot Adams Morgan neighborhood, the home of DC’s current culinary boom. We recommend coming here and enjoying the fettuccine meatball bolognese, a classic, rustic dish that’ll meet all your comfort food cravings.

2435 18 St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 791-0298


This Logan Circle pizzeria Etto is one of DC locals’ favorite spots for a delicious Italian dinner that doesn’t break the budget. Sit out on the patio in warmer weather, or hang out in the homey interior during the colder months, and order one of the crisp Neapolitan pies on offer.

1541 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 232-0920


Located out in Petworth, pizza joint Timber is fast becoming one of the neighborhood’s staple spots. All pizzas here are wood-fired, meaning you’ll get that smokey, grilled flavor all throughout the crust of your pie. While the menu changes daily, we’re big fans of the classic Cheese Please, which combines marinara sauce with mozzarella, provolone, and basil for a delicious slice.

809 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 853-9746