Acqua al 2 for Dinner

Back in May, I excitedly raved about the D.C. opening of Acqua al 2, the Italian restaurant based in Florence, Italy, with a second location in San Diego, California. I experienced the original restaurant as a study abroad student years ago (I met the charming owner). I then ate there with my mother on a subsequent trip to Florence, and then visited the San Diego location with my grandparents. So, yeah, I’m a groupie. And it was only apropos I take my mother to the new D.C. location for her birthday.

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All three locations have the same menu – traditional Tuscan fare – which begins with fresh bread brought out in brown bags. And, of course, we went for a bottle of traditional Tuscan wine, Chianti, of which they had a vast selection.

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If you’re going Italian, why not go big? We dove in with the pasta sampler, five dishes of house-made pasta brought out one by one. You don’t know what the next pasta will be (I love surprises!) and they are all vegetarian.

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On this occasion, we sampled penne ala vodka, traditional marinara, spicy fusilli pasta, gnocchi with radishes, and conchiglie in a broccoli pesto sauce.

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The gentlemen (read: beau and father) had Acqua al 2’s renowned carnivorous dishes—the blueberry filet mignon and the balsamic filet mignon—while my pescatarian mouth drooled in jealousy (dammit).

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I did have the salmon carpaccio, which was served with arugula and capers. Light and delicious, but nothing I haven’t had before, alas.

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The evening concluded with the dessert sampler—tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake, fruit tart, and chocolate cake—topped with a candle for my elated mother and four very stuffed and very happy people.

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If you’re lusting after an escape to Italy, I suggest you head to the next best thing, Acqua al 2 in Eastern Market.

Acqua al 2 DC
212 7th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C.

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