Italian Dining Downtown
Updated: Jun 17, 2018
An offshoot from charismatic Chef Luigi Diotaiuti's popular Al Tiramisu, Aperto offers up contemporary takes on traditional Italian dishes in downtown DC. I recently had the opportunity to try these dishes in addition to house made cocktails and the experience did not disappoint.
Enea, our charismatic host, server, bartender, and storyteller-extraordinaire walked us through the menu and we soon discovered that every dish has a backstory, every drink its own special ingredient making it unique to the restaurant and we loved hearing about every detail. To start off the meal, we opted for classics: burrata with seasonal fruit and red wine fig reduction and Prosciutto di Parma - because what Italian dinner is complete without a platter of cured ham from Parma? In Italian fashion, pastas followed the appetizer course (Enea explained the significance behind pasta shapes and sizes and how they’re cut and handmade in-house - so much passion and heart in each dish!) and with so many options to choose from, we decided to split two of the pastas (the staff is super accommodating and will offer split portions of a few of the pastas so you can sample a range) - the Laganelle with fresh house-made pasta and hand-cut lamb ragu and the special for the night: Lobster Linguine which arrived to the table complete with shells.
There’s no better pairing to handmade pastas than with traditional Italian cocktails and inventive drinks made with house made infusions. Here, you’ll find traditional apertifs, in addition to stalwarts like a Negroni and Manhattan. Other offerings include the Ride the Vespa - a popular sipper made with Earl Grey infused Tito’s Vodka, Cocchi Americano, ginger, lime and soda water, with house-made sweet vermouth.
At a restaurant where every care and attention goes into creating each dish and cocktail, the dining experience was truly complemented by the service and atmosphere.
Upcoming events: Catch a couples cooking class led by Executive Chef Luigi to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit - enjoy champagne as Chef leads you through the steps of creating a heart-shaped three course meal. $140 per couple; February 11 from 6 - 11 PM.