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“Pricey, but worth it!”
Review of Tosca Restaurant

Tosca Restaurant
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Ranked #87 of 3,367 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: between 11th and 12th
Reviewed February 2, 2013

A business dinner for 6 at Tosca in Washington, D.C. was expensive, but well worth it.

For appetizers, we shared a couple of orders of Prosciutto di Palma and Polipetti e Calamari. Both were excellent.

A couple of our guest tried the Zuppa (a black-eyed pea soup which they said was delicious) while the others tried the Insalata Mista (a very good dinner salad).

For entrees, members of our dinner party (including me) had the Costolette di Vitello. It was the best veal chop I have ever had. Others tried the Branzino Spagnolo, a unique spanish sea bass - and Filetto di Maiale, a beautifully presented pork tenderloin. All received rave reviews.

We shared a side of grilled asparagus which was delicious and perfectly prepared.

Two of us had eaten at Tosca before and had told our guests that they were going to really enjoy the Fettuccini Bolognese. Unfortunately, they were not serving it the night we visited, but our waiter quickly suggested we try the fettuccini with roasted leg of wild boar ragu as an alternative - on-the-house. It was extraordinary. Who knew leg of wild boar tasted so good!

The service was precise and professional. Unfortunately, the restaurant was completely booked for the evening so that we could feel the waiter's hints of "move it along" as we approached 2 hours.

Tosca is not an inexpensive dinner - but you'll remember the incredible food and service long after you forget how much it cost.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Very classy. Probably the best waiter I have ever had. You can tell he has served the VIP's for a long time. It's elegant, classy, historical and, if you weren't on business, romantic. It's really expensive. I let the waiter order and he picked the pork loin. I think I should have gone pasta instead.

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2  Thank ZLOfan
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

A wonderful break from the norm. We went to DC to see a close friend play against the Redskins, and wanted to take him somewhere for a great meal the night before the game. The staff here is incredibly pleasant and the menu is wonderful. We had a treat of an appetizer courtesy of the chef - a white asparagus puff pastry delicacy. Then we ordered from their very treasonable 3 course pre fixe dinner for $32. Mushroom crusted pork loin, delicious whipped potatoes and ravioli to die for. The chefs deconstructed tiramisu was beyond delicious. Everyone was very happy with the food and service. We would definitely go back again.

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1  Thank WellTraveledTipster
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This restaurant is rated as a top Italian restaurant year after year. Visitors to DC consistently rave about the food served.

Thank Kim B
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

great service, knowledgable, nice modern setting. we really enjoyed it. the only knock we had is that if you want a nice long meal, you may be surprised how fast the kitchen is. we had our appetizers within 10 minutes of eating. And although we were never rushed by our server pavel (great wine recommedations), the entrees were out a mere 2 minutes after our plates were clear. we had another engagement, so my wife and I were totally fine. if you want to have an evening however, I'd order apps,then put in main courses or have wine before you order

Bread - nice crisp sourdough and a spongy, salty focaccia, both great for sopping up sauce


Imported Buffalo Mozzarella with roasted bell peppers, capers, olives and anchovy sauce ($16) - nice take, the peppers were a nice difference that just a tomato slab

Roasted scallops served with sunchoke puree, brussles sprouts leaves, Chanterelle mushroom ragu and fresh herb olive oil ($20) - perfectly cooked, and the mushroom sauce and sunchoke gave an earthy to the sea flavors. only 2 however. fried brussel sprouts gave color

Risotto with lobster, basil and parsley-garlic pesto ($34) - rice perfect. best speciemen of the dish i've tasted. nice parsley and garlic blast

Lobster salad with heirloom cauliflower, Burrata cheese, caviar and diavola sauce ($22) - gave a decadence to the fresh lobster. good portion of the shellfish


Spinach ravioli filled with roasted veal, prosciutto and pistachio mortadella with a red wine reduction, butter, fresh sage and Parmesan cheese ($24) - house specialty, and can understand why. the filling is juicey and tender. pasta firm and very green. perfect execution

Pork tenderloin in a wild mushroom crust with garlic mashed potatoes, braised spinach and and Marsala wine reduction ($36) - cooked a little firm for my liking. very good but not as good as the other dishes

Special - ravioli stuffed with trumpet mushrooms, crab, and with parmesean and mushroom sauce - almost as good as the spinach, pasta fresh and tender and flavors were great

Special - venison loin, potatoes - earthy/minerally, tasted great, perfect medium rare

modern tiramisu - cream and coffee custard nice, but missed the crunch / texture of lady fingers; a nice gift from the waiter, though

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Thank Damian C
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