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Acqua Al 2

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Capitol Hill, Washington
59 Tips and reviews
  • steak
  • good for dates
  • pasta
  • salad sampler
  • wine
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  • Sam
    SamSeptember 1, 2014
    I lived in Italy for a few years, and I can tell you - the food here is legit. You'll have trouble deciding... so I recommend the pasta sampler; it's a great way to taste a variety of their dishes!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChupkaApril 9, 2013
    Food = amazing. Service =fantastic. My party of 3 shared some pasta dishes and the blueberry steak. All were among the best things I've eaten in DC. Special thanx to Sajmir for taking good care of us!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinFebruary 9, 2016
    Great for dates. We had burrata, an arugula and pear salad, rigatoni with spicy tomato sauce and a filet mignon with a blueberry balsamic reduction. The steak was cooked perfectly and was delicious.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SimpsonJune 9, 2014
    We accidentally found this place while on vacation, and are so glad we did! The food was absolutely amazing. I got the bowtie pasta with garlic and butternut squash... it was to die for.
  • Becca A.
    Becca ApplegateJuly 12, 2013
    Been to the one in Florence, Italy and this one is exactly the same...absolutely fantastic. I recommend the sampler plates for pasta or steak. Can't say enough wonderful things about this place!
  • Jenna L.
    Jenna LevyMay 21, 2013
    Absolute favorite restaurant in all of DC (and Baltimore, too!). Get the pasta sampler or the zucce, but save room for the best part - balsamic steak! Also great wine list!
  • Lory I.
    Lory I-AJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gorgonzola gnocchi, balsamic and blueberry steaks, the porterhouse (medium rare), clam pasta, flourless chocolate cake, ricotta spinach balls (any of them!). I really suggest starting with the sampler Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 21, 2010
    Steak & pasta: When you think about it, the combo is not too far removed from that beloved American institution of steak & potatoes. The spot is located right across the street from the Eastern Market Read more
  • Terri A.
    Terri AnnOctober 14, 2015
    This is the best Italian food I've ever had! The Strozzapreti al Pomodoro is incredible. Also the Cannelloni Mascarpone e Funghi is amazing.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    Bitches Say B. The blood orange mimosas were delicious, as were the frittatas. Service is impeccable and ambiance is pleasant. But, go for dinner, and don’t bother with brunch.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottSeptember 21, 2015
    Wanted to love this place so much more than I did! Service was subpar, and pastas were good but not great (and not, unfortunately, as good as the motherland). Best part: rosemary cocktail & cheesecake
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CNovember 16, 2016
    Start with the pasta and/or salad sampler. And for the main, balsamic steak or any one of the specials (they're always good).
  • Becky C.
    Becky ChinJuly 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The pasta and steak samplers are perfect to share with a friend.. The pastas are delicious and filling, and all 3 steaks sampled were cooked PERFECTLY if you like medium rare.. Soo juicy & tender!
  • Marisa P.
    Marisa PaulApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're not getting the balsamic beef you're out of your mind! The food here helps me forget momentarily that I'm not in Italy!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GraneSeptember 26, 2013
    Food was excellent, service was on par with what I expected, ambiance was fantastic - great spot for a Sunday dinner w/ friends
  • T B.
    T BMarch 9, 2013
    Share the salad sampler, pasta sampler, and steak sampler with a friend and try the best of everything. So good!
  • Brenna T.
    Brenna ThompsonMarch 20, 2016
    The corkscrew linguini with ragu was awesome, smaller plates but definitely filling. All the pasta dishes are vegetarian.
  • Terri A.
    Terri AnnOctober 14, 2015
    The atmosphere is cozy and authentic. The staff were all excellent and accommodating - especially Ido:-).
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The pasta sampler is a must get. If you are deciding between the balsamic and the blueberry steak go with the balsamic. Trust me.
  • Nick S.
    Nick ShockeySeptember 14, 2011
    Go for the pasta sampler and the tiramisu, which are both awesome. The veal with porcini mushrooms was lackluster.
  • Gina G.
    Gina GotthilfNovember 6, 2011
    Delicious, had bureaus and pasta al vongole! Small portions, especially the pasta. If you're hungry order a panini.
  • Valerie F.
    Valerie FenderSeptember 28, 2013
    The best Italian restaurant I've been to outside if Italy. Seriously. Amazing.
  • Cassie B.
    Cassie BateOctober 9, 2013
    A little spendy, but delicious! Great service and fantastic wine selection.
  • John K.
    John KassMarch 4
    Great place. Great steak. Great wine. This is the best place in town.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShorsteinAugust 24, 2014
    The pasta sampler is the best. I love this place.
  • lauren
    laurenNovember 12, 2015
    Just as good as the one in Florence. Pumpkin pasta & blueberry steak for the win.
  • Ishaan P.
    Ishaan PatelAugust 28, 2016
    Love their burrata. Great vegetarian pasta dishes.
  • Sophia A.
    Sophia ADecember 28, 2013
    Blueberry steak, salad sampler, all the pastas!!
  • Savored
    SavoredJune 13, 2011
    Get the blueberry steak and be sure to book through VillageVines to save 30% off your entire bill!
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazSeptember 3, 2013
    Try the Bresaola - W fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes
  • Lacy B.
    Lacy BaugherFebruary 18, 2011
    The food here is delicious - personal favorite is the Gorgonzola gnocchi!
  • Allie A.
    Allie AckermanSeptember 20, 2011
    The egg plant panini and spinach frittata were exceptional.
  • Aaron E.
    Aaron EdelmanMay 17, 2014
    Get the chocolate cake for desert and blueberry steak. It's heaven
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJuly 13, 2011
    Start with the burrata then share the pasta sampler...
  • G B.
    G BAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The 3 course lunch menu. Unbeatable!
  • Ara G.
    Ara GMay 5, 2013
    The most overrated un-Italian Italian restaurant on the Hill. From retail-bought pasta to frozen meat & lack of seafood to mediocre service & desserts; the issues are too numerous to forgive...
  • Liz C.
    Their pasta cream sauces are amazing
  • Sam P.
    Sam PaniniSeptember 9, 2015
    Don't get the chef sampler, basically Italian tapas.
  • Amy ✈.
    Amy ✈️April 29, 2012
    Having a great little Prosecco and Barolo with my wife:)
  • Venu
    VenuAugust 30, 2014
    Get the five pasta sampler.
  • Arkady P.
    Arkady PildesFebruary 18, 2016
    I can't just believe that this place named itself "an Italian restaurant". I've never had such bad experience. Risotto was overboiled. Sauce was from the cheap can. Shame on you, guys.
  • Cary T.
    Cary ToberOctober 12, 2010
    Have the pasta sampler and the balsamic glazed filet.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilkinsonMay 10, 2012
    Get the blueberry steak. It's unbelievably delicious.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeskelFebruary 14, 2011
    OMG...the cheesecake is the best I've ever had!!!!
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MerkMay 17, 2014
    Flourless chocolate cake is the dessert move
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReedMarch 7, 2012
    Steak should not be sweet. Stick two the peppercorn sauce.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ClarkNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gnocchi platter is the best!
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LewisOctober 25, 2010
    Best tiramisu and cheese cake vie ever had!
  • Patricia B.
    Patricia BraynonJuly 16, 2013
    Great food...excellent service!!!
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CJune 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The burrata may bring tears of joy. Read more
  • Dan K.
    Dan KarrMay 7, 2010
    The filet mignon with balsamic vinegar is fantastic
  • Zak A.
    Zak AccuardiMarch 13, 2016
    Five course pasta tasting, all day
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    Have to admit we didn't get pasta, but wasn't super impressed
  • Justin L.
    Justin LintzApril 7, 2013
    Steak is meh, pasta great, service is shit
  • Doris T.
    Doris TruongSeptember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Three-course lunch for $20? Yes.
  • Tami L.
    Tami LangshawAugust 20, 2013
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 29, 2010
    Try the Rigatoni Melanzana
  • Jason R.
    Jason RulesOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It's not risotto. It's riso. Google it They're different. Good wine list.
  • John T.
    John TonerMay 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great wine list!
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