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Acqua Al 2

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Capitol Hill, Washington
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  • Nick S.
    "Go for the pasta sampler and the tiramisu, which are both awesome."(9 Tips)
    Aaron E.
    "Get the chocolate cake for desert and blueberry steak."(8 Tips)
    Becky C.
    "The pasta and steak samplers are perfect to share with a friend.."(2 Tips)
    Lacy B.
    "personal favorite is the Gorgonzola gnocchi!"(2 Tips)
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  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinFebruary 9
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Lory I.
    Lory I-AJuly 30, 2011
    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
  • Becky C.
    Becky ChinJuly 5, 2010
    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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Arkady P.
    Arkady PildesFebruary 18
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Marisa P.
    Marisa PaulApril 24, 2013
    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!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanFebruary 13, 2011
    The pasta sampler is a must get. If you are deciding between the balsamic and the blueberry steak go with the balsamic. Trust me.
  • Brenna T.
    The corkscrew linguini with ragu was awesome, smaller plates but definitely filling. All the pasta dishes are vegetarian.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Terri A.
    Terri AnnOctober 14, 2015
    The atmosphere is cozy and authentic. The staff were all excellent and accommodating - especially Ido:-).
  • Savored
    SavoredJune 13, 2011
    Get the blueberry steak and be sure to book through VillageVines to save 30% off your entire bill!
  • 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.
  • Lacy B.
    Lacy BaugherFebruary 18, 2011
    The food here is delicious - personal favorite is the Gorgonzola gnocchi!
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazSeptember 3, 2013
    Try the Bresaola - W fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes
  • Allie A.
    Allie AckermanSeptember 20, 2011
    The egg plant panini and spinach frittata were exceptional.
  • Cary T.
    Cary ToberOctober 12, 2010
    Have the pasta sampler and the balsamic glazed filet.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShorsteinAugust 24, 2014
    The pasta sampler is the best. I love this place.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJuly 13, 2011
    Start with the burrata then share the pasta sampler...
  • Sam P.
    Sam PaniniSeptember 9, 2015
    Don't get the chef sampler, basically Italian tapas.
  • Sophia A.
    Sophia ADecember 28, 2013
    Blueberry steak, salad sampler, all the pastas!!
  • Aaron E.
    Aaron EdelmanMay 17, 2014
    Get the chocolate cake for desert and blueberry steak. It's heaven
  • Dan K.
    Dan KarrMay 7, 2010
    The filet mignon with balsamic vinegar is fantastic
  • lauren
    laurenNovember 12, 2015
    Just as good as the one in Florence. Pumpkin pasta & blueberry steak for the win.
  • G B.
    G BAugust 18, 2012
    The 3 course lunch menu. Unbeatable!
  • Liz C.
    Their pasta cream sauces are amazing
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReedMarch 7, 2012
    Steak should not be sweet. Stick two the peppercorn sauce.
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    Have to admit we didn't get pasta, but wasn't super impressed
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeskelFebruary 14, 2011
    OMG...the cheesecake is the best I've ever had!!!!
  • Justin L.
    Justin LintzApril 7, 2013
    Steak is meh, pasta great, service is shit
  • Jason R.
    Jason RulesOctober 9, 2010
    It's not risotto. It's riso. Google it They're different. Good wine list.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LewisOctober 25, 2010
    Best tiramisu and cheese cake vie ever had!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilkinsonMay 10, 2012
    Get the blueberry steak. It's unbelievably delicious.
  • Venu
    VenuAugust 30, 2014
    Get the five pasta sampler.
  • Amy ✈.
    Amy ✈️April 29, 2012
    Having a great little Prosecco and Barolo with my wife:)
  • Katie C.
    Katie ClarkNovember 13, 2011
    Gnocchi platter is the best!
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CJune 23, 2011
    The burrata may bring tears of joy. Read more
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MerkMay 17, 2014
    Flourless chocolate cake is the dessert move
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