Not sure what all the hype is about this place but it is hard for me to believe it is ranked 10th in DC. We just returned from our first trip to DC and spent four days there. My husband chose this place based on its trip advisor ratings. The decor is nice, nothing spectacular. The hostess was so sweet and attentive but the rest of the staff was pretentious. Our waiter was italian and he didn't even give a second to settle in before making recommendations. Of course we like recommendations but for goodness sake...he acted as if we didn't take his recommendation on wine and entrees he would be disappointed. He kept pushing this one type of wine over and over!! The food was average. The foccaccio bread was very good, the sour dough was average. The salads were ok, typical salad nothing special. Super salty though. My husband had the gnocchi....I understand a bit of pesto is good but it was greasy and full of pesto. Pesto overpowered the entire dish. I would not recommend this. We also ordered the astice (lobster salad), the warm spinach salad with pine nuts (not good at all , very greasy) and the tagliatelle.....ok but not great. Very salty. For dessert we split the pecan pie in a wine glass with ice cream. It was good but no way worth $10. We had a nice bottle of wine with our dinner.
This place is ok at best but no way can it be one of the best in DC for italian. Our home town of St. Louis has plenty of places that blow Tosca away....I think Maggiano's beats this place by far!
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