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HELP Italian in the district

daves_32 | | Oct 2, 2008 05:03 AM

Good morning,
My mother is coming into town next week and she told my sister and me that she wanted to go into the district (venture out of old town for once) and enjoy a dinner that I talk so much about when I am updating her about my DC life. The problem is that my sister is not adventurous at all. So, please take this and offer a recommendation:
My mother said (not entirely convinced) that she wants Italian. My sister and I both like Tosca but I wanted to try something different since I have been to Tosca several times.
I tried recommending Equinox and Brasserie Beck (the latter being my favorite in town right now).
If she still wants Italian, what should I recommend? Should I try to convince for Equinox?
Let's stay at $30 or under for an entree and can't be a tough reservation (Though most aren't because i usually eat early)

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