Washington DC seems to be long on Northern Italian restaurants but this one really delivers what you hope for. By "reasonable for DC," let me translate that. "Other" reviewing sites that use $ signs denote Siroc as $$. We spent $80 each (including tip) but that included a cocktail, half portion pasta as appetizer, generous entree, dessert and tea. There are many restaurants in the District that are twice as expensive. So for DC I call it a good value because of the ambience, location, quality of the food and service.
Siroc is one of the few places with outdoor seating facing a park in downtown DC in addition to an intimate dining room. It is a block or so from the McPherson Square Metro Stop, and a short walk from the White House and Mall. I highly recommend doing what we did: dine and then stroll. The Capital buildings are beautiful at night.
Now for the food: Torn between black pepper tagliatelle with grilled scallops and veal osso bucco, Xenia, our waitress, suggested getting an appetizer sized portion of the tagliatelle followed by the osso bucco. Both were excellent. My friend enjoyed her half-portion squid ink capellini with mussels as an appetizer. We thought her rockfish was fine but not as interesting as our other choices, but overall we really enjoyed the food, efficient service and ambience (it's nicer than the website pictures). GREAT recommendation from Xenia for dessert: it didn't sound inspired but the almond cake with blueberry topping was seriously delish. When a short rain squall rolled through, we were comfortable under the awning although staff rushed out to see if we wanted to be reseated inside.
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