Thought I'd share what I consider a neighborhood gem, the San Marco in Adams Morgan (18th St, corner of Kalorama). Focus is northern Italian. I've had a chance to eat here several times over the past few months and each meal has been really wonderful. This is a relatively small, neighborhoody place, and the owner (Roberto) can always be trusted to pick just the right bottle of wine to go with whatever you've picked from the menu.
Starter of cold, lemon and pepper drizzled asparagus, followed by very rich papardelle - almost as thick as a real winter stew, was my dinner this weekend. Finished off with espresso and canolli, of course.
Everything I've tried here, even the basics like lasagne, have been excellent. And, if you're into grappa, Roberto only has about 200 bottles to choose from!
Anyone else with similar experience here?