My friend Jamie's Italian family is coming to visit from Ohio this weekend, and she's looking for a decent place to take them all on Saturday night. Her sister Sherry is running a marathon on Sunday, and only wants pasta.
I've seen suggestions in other threads for Dino and Sette Osteria, but I don't know price ranges. Sherry hates Buca di Beppo, and they're considering Maggiano's in Chevy Chase. Personally, I would like to recommend someplace non-chain over Maggiano's.
Since it's a family outing and they're not wealthy, nobody is looking to break the bank but I think they want to enjoy a step up from generic.
Palena Cafe and Locanda popped up as interesting options from Washingtonian.com. Has anyone tried these places? I'm especially interested in Locanda on Capitol Hill.