N and I recently had a chance to try out Casa Nonna, located in Dupont Circle (where some locals might recall as previously being a giant California Pizza Kitchen). I love Italian food, and the BLT restaurant group, so I was looking forward to trying out this new spot.
We started off with a carafe of house red and some yummy gratis garlic bread to share. We perused the menu but were pretty much decided on trying out some of the homemade pasta.
Ravioli Di Ricotta
Here we have the Ravioli Di Ricotta: pillows of ricotta, tomato basil sauce, and Parmesan. Don't let the photo fool you on the size of the ravioli - that was a (large) serving fork, not a regular fork, haha. The pasta had a nice texture and I enjoyed the freshness of the tomato basil sauce.
Stracci Di Manzo
For our second plate to share, we got the Stracci Di Manzo: "rags" tossed with braised beef short rib and tomato. This was rich and such a classic "cold-weather" meal. The braised short rib was tender and mingled with the pasta "rags", soaking in all that flavor. If there were no dietary consequences I could easily eat a bowl of this any time it got a little chilly in DC, haha.
Overall I think we were happy with our first time at Casa Nonna - service was good- not overbearing, portions were great for sharing, and the restaurant itself felt cozy (for being so large) and comfortable. I'd definitely like to try out some of their pizzas next time - it's hard to ignore the giant wood oven right by the bar and the entrance!
1250 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202.629.2505 / on Open Table