If you have kids, stick to a table at 2Amy’s in upper Northwest. If you’re hip and young (or have a babysitter), head to the sun-filled, high-ceilinged Etto, Amy Morgan and Peter Pastan’s new darling on 14th Street. Last year Morgan and Pastan teamed up with David Rosner and Tad Curtz of the ever-so-successful Garden District to open what already feels like a long-time staple of the neighborhood. Small plates shared amongst friends is the name of the game at here, which is a good thing as you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one of the displayed antipasti you’ll spot on the way to one of the restaurant’s 42 seats. Not to mention the entire space radiates warmth (from the oak-fueled fire in the corner) and aromas of freshly milled flour (from the large hand-crank grain mill at the back of the restaurant). A charcuterie plate of house-cured meats pairs well with specialty cocktails crafted with house-made vermouth. With fluffy-yet-flat crust, a slight char, and fresh toppings, the pizzas here are easily the best in the neighborhood. Roasted peppers with olives and mackerel manages to be both mild, yet flavor-packed; as does the ember-grilled eggplant, which unravels in complexity on your tongue. And if the tuna belly is on the menu, order it and thank us later.
1541 14th Street, NW
|Cross street:||at Q Street|
|Transport:||U Street/Cardozo/Dupont Circle Metro|
|Price:||Small plates $5-$20|