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When chef Fabio Trabocchi opened Fiola in 2011, he quickly established his new trattoria as the place to go in Washington for exquisite, sumptuous Italian. Pastas, naturally, are the stars of the menu, especially the tender pappardelle with bolognese ragu. But seafood plays a strong supporting role, and the bar offers a serious cocktail menu, including six different variations on the negroni. An order of bomboloni—Sardinian-style ricotta donuts—is a fitting end to a decadent evening.

Venue name: Fiola
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: between 6th and 7th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sat 5–11:30 pm
Transport: Archives Metro
Price: Main courses $24–$36. Set dinners $105, $115

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Amy Cavanaugh

Is there a better spot in town for pasta? If so, I haven't found it yet. Head there during the day for a terrific lunch deal, and if you're not drinking, smart non-alcoholic drinks.