Most would generally agree that there is a dearth of fantastic Italian restaurants in the DC area. Ristorante Tosca is an exception to this rule and the Tosca management group have just launched Posto – a slightly more economical Italian dining experience in the heart of Logan Circle. Self-described as “a modern Italian place to meet,” the aim of Posto seems dual: First, to create a contemporary, inexpensive restaurant in an up-and-coming section of DC; secondly, to offer a gathering place for Logan Circle locals as well as peeps about to watch a show at the nearby Studio Theater.
Cost – $$
Service – A-
We had a really friendly, cool middle-aged Italian server who was on-point throughout the entire evening. He made excellent suggestions pre-meal and was consistently present throughout our dining experience. The fact that he was actually Italian was also pretty cool.
Food – A-
I tried the vegetarian pizza and enjoyed it immensely (although I wouldn’t put it on the top pizza places in DC list just yet). The tagliatelle with pheasant ragout and diced cardoons was also delicious, as were the wild boar chops with mushroom and black olive sauce. I think the menu definitely leaned more on the contemporary side and found myself wishing they had a few more traditional pasta dishes but that’s the only real criticism I had of the food.
Decor – B+
Posto is in a large open space with high ceilings, hanging single-unit lights and digital murals. The center of the restaurant features a custom-built, wood-burning oven where they make their pizzas and focaccia as well as a long, communal table in the bar. We sat underneath one of the murals and the lighting wasn’t quite as pleasant as the softer lighting nearer the street. The space has a modern feel however as one of my friends noted, there is a great deal of open, unused vertical space due to the high ceilings that creates a slightly hollow feel when combined with the din of the murals. I do think that the seating near the streetside might be a bit preferable.
Feel – A-
The food, service and general design of Posto culminates in a venue that is both energetic and comfortable. It is relatively new and drawing a consistent crowd and the chatter offers a nice compliment to the modern feel of the space. It sort of reminds me a bit of M Cafe in Chevy Chase – except it offers a more lively experience and more bang for your buck. It’s a great place for a laid-back dinner with friends on a weekday or weekend evening. I would say the food is good enough that it would even warrant a solo trip if you were really hankering for some quality Italian food. If I lived in the Logan Circle area, I would definitely be a frequent visitor to Posto.
Posto is located at 1515 14th Street, Northwest. They can be reached at (202) 332-8613.