Although I love Italian Food, having had a slew of mediocre experiences over the past few years has really pushed Italian cuisine down on my list of preferences when eating out. So when I finally decided to try a new place, I tempered my expectations and chose Al Tiramisu in Dupont and I was glad I did. Al Tiramisu is a cozy neighborhood type restaurant which like it’s sister establishment, Al Crostini, serves authentic Italian cuisine and claims to import 90% of the ingredients, 100% of the seafood, and 100% of the wine from Italy. That sounds pretty authentic to me.
Cost – $$
Service – A-
The wait staff here was very helpful, Italian and friendly. All of the recommendations, especially the wine, were spot on.
Food – A-
The food was a reminder of why I liked Italian food so much. Nothing was overly complicated, just fresh and delicious fare the way I like it. The one thing of note is that they don’t offer too many bottles of wine under $60 which may be an issue for some.
The decor is in line with an unpretentious restaurant that want the focus to be on the food. The converted rowhouse gives the impression of having a meal in a family dining room complete with the eclectic art.
Feel – B+
The restaurant itself is on the small side and the tables are a little crowded, but I think it adds the authenticity and friendly environment. I would definitely consider it intimate in a good way for the most part but on a crowded night, I can imagine the place taking on more of an upbeat and joyful tone.
Al Tiramisu is located at 2014 P Street NW. They can be reached at (202) 467-4466.
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June 22, 2008 – Al Tiramisu (DC Eats) – Ah, I’ve resurrected! And i’ve been hungrier than ever! On a late Sunday night around 9ish (almost past my bedtime) my sister who was in town, and I were looking for a place to grab some good grub. My roomie had given great accolades to this Italian restaurant called Al Tiramisu in DuPont. Well since we were both in the mood for Italian I figured hey why not. Full article…