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539 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
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Ranked #512 of 2,649 Restaurants in Washington DC
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Price range: $10 - $25
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Vegetarian, Pasta
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: G St
Description: Lavagna opened with a concept to keep food simple, fresh, and Italian, and now one of DC’s exciting new culinary talents has taken over the burners at Lavagna. Executive Chef Alex Ripley was lured to DC by the booming culinary region where his passion for this industry and for food could easily be recognized. Lavagnas’ team is excited to progress with its newest addition. ‘Farm to table’ is an essential drive of this Virginia born chef. A good portion of his life was spent growing up in the Northern Neck of Virginia; which has instilled a lifelong passion for fresh and locally sourced cuisine. Chef Ripley went on to study the culinary arts at Johnston and Wales, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued with his career at many restaurants along the East Coast; Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC, Solas in Raleigh, NC and The Founders Inn Hampton Roads, VA, but began his career as Executive Chef at The Mooring in Kinsale, VA.“The complexity of food begins here in the kitchen,” says the Chef, with an idea, and blossoms into something beautiful with only a few movements of a knife, the stir of a spoon, the sizzle of olive oil, and the commitment to provide delicious culinary treats seasoned with passion and the love of food. My philosophy stands true to this day, ‘Italian Inspired and Locally Created,’ - a process that can only begin with fresh local ingredients, sourcing the best of what is available locally throughout the seasons”“Outgoing and passionate about his culinary vision; Chef Ripley has such energy, enthusiasm and passion for his craft,” Owner, Stephen Cheung. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our team and share our passion for the culinary world.”
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Alexandria, Virginia
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172 reviews 172 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, my wife, two friends, and I ate dinner here. It was the first time my wife and I ate here but it won't be the last. Our food and drinks were delicious. But what made it special was our server, Michelle. She was wonderful.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Risotto ($19): Ordered the Risotto that includes mushrooms, corn and shrimp. Well, the little frozen shrimp (NOT shrimp with tail on or medium size) definitely reminds me of what you get from the grocery store freezer section. And there was SO MUCH corn you forget the Risotto. Rigatoni ($17): Husband had the Rigatoni which includes Italian sausage and pesto. Well,... More

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Reno, Nevada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

but other reviews and have been up and down lately so you seem to be taking a chance for dinner. I had the meatballs which were moist and delicious, my cousin enjoyed her kale and didn't say much about her chicken entree. My sister enjoyed one of the rigatoni options after a huge salumi board. All portions were large and... More

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Indianola, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lavagna is a relatively new Restaurant on Barracks Row in DC. At least it's new to me!! Great meals, using locally grown food, made for an epicurean delight! I'll be back!!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went with friends, and mediocre comes to mind as the descriptor for the evening. Service was inattentive. We had to ask staff for our waiter to return. The bruschetta was the best part of the evening. Our host told us the pasta with chicken was the best thing on the menu. I thought the chicken was tough and over... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Excellent little Italian restaurant, close to Nationals Park. I ate here with a large group of friends yesterday, after making reservations on Open Table. Right from the start, the staff were very attentive and helpful, providing recommendations as well as providing us with info on how some of the more unique entrees were created. I loved that they listed the... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We liked that the farms supplying the restaurant were all identified. The meat in the steak was excellent. Pasta fresh. Lovely meal. Would go again.

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New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I had brunch here for my besties baby shower and was not disappointed. The selection of dishes are an interesting spin on classic brunch, with an italian flare. The Italian sausage gravy and biscuits was a delicious, but it was the mascarpone pancakes for the win! SOOOOOO GOOOOD. Their bottomless mimosa's are exactly that, they never let your glass get... More

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Apex, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The atmosphere was great. We went for brunch. The pancakes were incredible, my choice. Husband said the chicken and waffles were just okay. The chicken was more baked than fried.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Dined here pre-Folger Theater with my husband and adult son on a gorgeous spring evening, after finding it on Yelp. It was the perfect choice for the occasion. We nabbed a table outside. Service was exceptional. My son had the filet with fresh asparagus and loved it. My husband wanted ravioli but when our server explained it's unusual presentation here... More

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