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The menu changes constantly at Peter Pastan’s prix-fixe-only, reservations-required townhouse, depending on what’s fresh and what catches the chef’s fancy. But you can always count on an array of antipasti; pasta, meat, cheese and dessert courses; and exemplary service. Squab makes regular appearances—it’s worth the awkwardness of dealing with the tiny bones—as do seasonal vegetables and fish. Nominally Italian, the cooking is both catholic and classical. The wine list is extensive, the breads baked in-house, the atmosphere unpretentious.
2029 P St NW
|Cross street:||between N Hopkins and 21st Sts|
|Transport:||Dupont Circle Metro|
|Price:||Set menu $75–$85|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat 6–9:30pm|