This won't be news to regular posters on this board, but I thought others might appreciate a recent review of the Laboratorio del Galileo. Went last week. Cutting to the chase, I'll just say that in the cab home, husband and I decided it is the best meal for sale in the District. (Well, Ben's Chili Bowl is pretty good too. But I digress...)
Chef Roberto's menu last week:
Homemade fry bread (to complement the regular bread basket)
Tuna tartare served in a mini "sandwich" with potato crisps and basil sauce
Foie gras with fresh figs (or zucchini flowers filled with ricotta for non-foie gras eaters)
Fresh pea soup with shrimp, pee puree, crispy onions
Tortelloni of asparagus and ricotta in butter/thyme sauce
Pappardelle with chantarelles
Risotto with spring vegetables and homemade sausage
Scallops with fava bean sauce
Roasted squab with vegetables
Strawberry sorbet with rosemary
Figs in a beggar's purse
Bonboloni (gourmet donut holes)
Each course was sublime. The pastas, in particular, were perfect, eliciting reactions like, "oh, THIS is what pasta is supposed to taste like!" The shrimp in the pea soup was the single best shrimp I've ever eaten: plump, bursting with flavor, properly seasoned... wonderful. The risotto is the best I've ever had: not mushy, starchy, or "deflavorized" like so many others, it was bold, chock full of seasonal veggies and small pieces of incredibly tasty sausage. The cheese course is the only real rival to Maestro's, in my view, and the homemade "jar" cheese steeped in grappa was, well, quite an olfactory experience, I'll just say.
I could go on and on but won't. I'd not been terribly impressed by Galileo in the past, but now I see the error of my ways in skipping the Laboratorio. Anyone reading this in similar circumstances should consider trying it.
Price was (I think) $110 per person, plus an optional $75 wine-pairing.