Sometimes I wonder why one of my favorite restaurants doesn't get as much love as it should. Perhaps it's the location on 14th Street amidst all of the newest and trendiest spots. Or maybe it's that Italian food seems less interesting than some of the more modern fusion cuisines. Either way, Posto continues to be my go-to neighborhood spot. In the four years I have lived on this block, it has never delivered a bad meal, and continues to be an inviting restaurant for any occasion. The restaurant is the more casual sister property to the upscale Tosca located downtown which draws a crowd of lawyers, lobbyists, and important Washingtonians during the lunchtime rush. Both restaurants are owned by Paolo Sacco, and Chef Massimo Fabbri of Tosca is also co-owner at Posto, with Matteo Venini heading the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine. Posto has a comfortable neighborhood vibe, and a regularly changing menu which makes it a welcoming spot to warm up over a glass of wine, a cheese plate, a warm bowl of pasta, or a delicious pizza from the wood-burning oven.
One of my absolute favorite dishes is the Paglia e Fieno, (pictured top left). It is a pasta dish of spinach and egg fettuccine with veal ragu, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. It is one of the most comforting and delicious bowls of pasta the city has to offer. It is my regular dish on the menu, but you cannot go wrong with the other pastas the restaurant offers such as the ricotta and goat cheese cavatelli with lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, and spicy guanciale (above middle). Or the linguine with clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and calamari with a light tomato sauce (above right). I love to order that dish in the summer as it is a bit lighter than some of the heavier offerings that I gravitate towards in the winter. The pizzas are always piping hot, and the Piccante is my favorite which has spicy salami and Italian sausage.
There are so many excellent food options that have invaded D.C. in the past few years, and 14th Street has experienced an explosion, but I feel strongly that the old staples like Posto who consistently deliver good food and service should not be overlooked. It has been a pillar for the neighborhood since 2008, and it might not be the trendiest place on the block, but it has definitely won my loyalty.