Primi Piatti’s chef, Savino Recine, is a magician. No, really — he is literally a practicing magician who entertains guests with card tricks, spectacular illusions, and a steady dose of humor! Recine’s most impressive trick, however, is the atmosphere in Primi Piatti, which strikes a fine balance between comfort and elegance, tradition and innovation.
Primi Piatti made its name in the late 1980s, but has since traded its downtown location for new digs near GWU and the Lombardy. And while other up-and-coming Italian restaurants may receive more buzz, regulars still look to Primi Piatti for its old-school charm and verve. (If you stop by for their business lunch specials, you might event share a dining room with some old-school power players.) Some of the menu’s highlights include gnocchi with duck ragu, roasted lamb shank, spinach-stuffed agnolotti, Sicilian-style swordfish, and — regulars say — some of the best wood-fired pizza you'll find anywhere near Residences on the Avenue.
2013 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006