Last night, my husband and I ate a delicious dinner at Dino's. We are still swooning over the daily soup offering, a Tuscan soup that was both familiar and innovative. The ingredients were familiar -- chick peas, vegetables, pasta, and chunks of sausage -- and texture was familiar -- slightly thickened broth as the result of some pureed chick peas. What was innovative and what left us swooning was the seasoning. I don't know what herbs and spices were used, but the soup had an oomph to it that was great. (What's an oomph? Less than a kick. A clearly discernable glow.)
I don't know whether or not this will become the standard cool-weather soup offering. It deserves to be. When soup can trump Dino's excellent pastas and decadent Tiramisu, that's saying something!
This soup is so spectacular that its existence deserves to be shared. I hope others will return the favor and post about an amazing soup in the DC area.