Pesto is an Italian restaurant in the old Mrs. Simpson's space in Woodley Park. The place received a positive review in the Washington Post by Eve Zibart back in October, I found the place pretty disappointing food wise. I suppose the one caveat I should make is we had a party of 10, but really the restaurant was pretty empty, so I'm not going to buy a large group/food suffers argument.
Things started off well with a boar sausage which was thinly sliced and served over wilted spinach and a puddle of balsamic. everyone agreed the boar sausage was delicious.
next we hit the pasta, which was the big disappointment, none of the pasta dishes I tried were very good. I had farfelle with prociutto and mushrooms wwhich as very bland, the cheese tortillini was also pretty flavorless, and the angel hair pasta with tomato and basil no better then what could be made at home.
For dessert I went with the home made cannoli which quickly disspelled the disappointment of the pasta dishes.
Prices ran around $6-$9 for aps, pasta in the $12-$13 range and meat/seafood in the upper teens. I'm guessing that if you found a couple dishes that were consistantly good then it would make for a nice mid-week neighborhood spot, but I wouldn't go out of my way. I preferred the food at San Marco in Adams Morgan, which has a broader menu and better food at a comparable price.
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