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“So much hope and then we ate. Disappointing.”
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Ranked #599 of 3,257 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“So much hope and then we ate. Disappointing.”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

We had really high hopes for this place. It's on a lovely street in a cool area. So far so good.

The place is nice inside. Nice colors. Cool bar. Great music.

We started with the mortedalla so far so good.
Then we had a nice but average salad.

My fiancé had the pasta seafood. Shrimp way to chewy. Three clams wouldn't open. If this is hand mAde pasta I'm missing something.

It was not light or tasty.

Pizza was nice. Good chewy dough.

So once is enough. Good but far far from great.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank AJ C
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English first
Rockville, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Marvelous - A Gastronomic Sensation”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had Sunday brunch at Al Dente. Although this was our third visit, this one was by far the best.
The stuffed zucchini blossoms were extraordinary. The fried soft shelled crabs & the grilled asparagus were delicious. But I can't forget the chocolate dessert with zabaglione sauce.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank donw20850
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Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delizioso!”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Chef Roberto Donna has done it again!!!

The pasta is homemade, the pizza's are made to order! What more could one ask for?!?! Savory authentic Italian food in Washington, DC!

The atmosphere is lively, the staff friendly and well informed about their menu. Lunch time is packed with some of the whose who in DC, and dinner time has a nice blend of families, friends, and people at the bar who want to enjoy a lovely pizza with a glass of wine.

Worth the visit!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank TuscanGourmet
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“really noisy and not fabulous food”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

I went with a friend on a weekend evening. The place was packed with very noisy kids - made noisier by the fact that the restaurant has lots of glass and hard surfaces. The service was very slow and the food was only soso. It may be fine for families, but we found it difficult to sustain a conversation.

Visited May 2013
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Thank mkg2805
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Love this place. Pizza Gnocchi are to die for!!”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

I try to make it to Al Dente everytime I visit DC.......the outdoor patio is perfect on those spring early summer evenings.....the pizza is first rate and the gnocchi are just unbelievable. Roberto Donna the chef from the old days at Galliileo now is the chef here and it shows......this place is getting better all the time.....

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Mroth
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