The Smithsonian Associates have organized three dinners which are open to the public at Galileo's Laboratorio on Monday, March 10th, April 28th and May 19th with all starting at 6:30PM. Each is limited to 30 seats which is the number that the restaurant ("within a restaurant") holds. Tickets are expensive: for members they are $150 and for non members they are $195 EACH. This includes literally everything, wine, tax and tip. To join the Smithsonian Associates it is $45 a year so buying one ticket essentially includes Smithsonian membership. (They have several organized meals a month at various restaurants in the D. C. area along with other functions.) To buy the tickets call 202-357-3030 before 5:00PM.
Laboratorio, along with Maestro, Obelisk and Tosca, is one of D. C.'s best Italian restaurant. Some on this board would say that when Donna is in the kitchen it is the equal of any Italian restaurant in America, Babbo and Il Mulino included. He will be cooking these three nights and there are EIGHT courses with paired wines which (from experience) they poor freely.
For anyone on this board that has never experienced this level of Italian cooking (like Baltimore (!)) here is the excuse and opportunity. It sells out quickly.
Yes, it is worth it. This will be extraordinary food.