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Ristorante Tosca

June 23rd, 2012 by kimly


1112 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

[on the corner of 11th Street and F, NW – One block east of the 12th & F exit of Metro Center]

June 22, 2012 – 5.30pm reservation, 4 people – pre-theater

As the four of us were leaving, we were trying to figured out how quickly we could come back. The next time I need an impressive place to take family or friends, I’ll be bringing them to Tosca.

I have been to many amazing restaurants in the District and this one was simply astounding. They were very accommodating when one member of our party was running late due to transportation issues into the District. They sat three of us, served the bread course (a hearty Italian and focaccia served with olive oil, and polenta croquettes on a tomato sauce. We did not feel rushed or watched as we waited for our party to fill out. I am sure this was in part due to the pre-theater hour as the establishment was just beginning to partially fill when we ordered around 6pm.

We all ordered off the Pre-Theater Menu – 3 courses for $38

First Course

  • Zuppa di piselli con ragu di gamberi, granturco e oilo extra vergine di oliva – English pea soup with a shrimp ragu, corn and extra virgin olive oil
  • Insalata di radicchio e pere con terrina di Gorgonzola e noci candite – Salad of radicchio and Bartlett pears with imported Gorgonzola cheese terrine and toasted walnuts
  • Prosciutto di Parma con Mozzarella di bufala e battuto di mandorle Marcona e cipollotti – Imported Parma ham with Buffalo Mozzarella, Marcona almonds and pearl onions
  • Cappellacci ripieni di ortica con ragu di spugnole, aglio orsino e piselli – Cappellacci pasta filled with sheep ricotta and stinging nettle
    with mixed mushrooms, ramps and peas

The prosciutto was fantastic. None of the version I have purchased in the states over the last year matched what I was eating daily when in Tuscany in June 2011. This brought me right back to Italy. The cappellacci was a wonderful blending of flavors.

Second Course

  • Ravioli di spinaci ripieni di vitello, prosciutto e mortadella con il sugo d’arrosto al burro, salvia e Parmigiano – Spinach ravioli filled with roasted veal, prosciutto and pistachio mortadella with a red wine reduction, butter, fresh sage and Parmesan cheese
  • Risotto ode al Piemonte: Raschera, Barolo e nero di Piemonte – Risotto with Raschera cheese, Barolo wine and black truffle
  • Guance di vitello con polenta soffice, funghetti e gremolata – Braised veal cheeks with yellow soft polenta, mixed wild mushrooms and gremolata

The pastas are made fresh daily and the difference is noticeable. I have never been a fan of meat filled ravioli, but the combination used here was brilliant. It might have been the sage in the sauce that made the difference. The veal was tender and flavorful on a creamy polenta. The textures given the mushrooms, played well together and enhanced the experience of the meal. Yet, the hit of the night was the rissoto. Saying the flavor was amazing seems to short change it somehow. Even the versions I enjoyed in Rome and Florence paled in comparison.


  • Tiramisu moderno dello chef – Chef’s modernized tiramisu
  • Sorbetti – raspberry sorbet with fresh berries
  • Tortino al cioccolato con salsa alle fragole, gelato alla vaniglia e croccante al cioccolato – Warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato, strawberry sauce and chocolate crumble

By the time dessert arrived we were all feeling a bit stuffed. The tiramisu is served in a large martini glass and is easily share-able. The sorbet had the most intense raspberry flavor it seemed you were eating frozen berries. When the chocolate cake was split open it was as if liquid fudge was flowing from the center.

Three of us shared a bottle of Nero d’Avola, Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri, Sicily, 2009. We all enjoyed the vintage and this reinforced my firm belief that Italy just doesn’t produce a poor wine. Tosca boasts an extensive wine list especially of reserve reds.

Total Cost: ~$225 plus ~$50 tip (this included 2 cokes and 2 french press coffees)

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