Right before the inauguration when it was impossible to get in anywhere, my friends made a reservationa at a brand new place called "Siroc." It's in the space previously occupied by gerard's Place and it is a gem. Italian but not really what up'd expect. Grilled meats and a few pastas and really interesting salads. One friend had the best Ossobuco I've ever tasted, and I tried some gnocci that have forever changed what I used consider heavy little potato balls. These were light and simply delicious. It's a small place and, for now anyway, pretty quiet -- close to a bunch of hotels and K St. If you are bold I am told the rabbit sausage is great (I just can't eat thumper...).