My hubby and I, as newly-minted empty nesters, spent last weekend in D.C., and felt we had one of the most elegant restaurant experiences ever at the Spanish eatery Taverna de Albaradero. Exquisite service and food -- we enjoyed the lobster paella for two. My husband asked for Serrano Ham (it wasn't on the menu, but they served it to him as an appetizer), while I enjoyed snails and spinach in an eggplant cup. The complimentary gazpacho was a heavenly nectar! Their ice cream desserts were light and tasty. I am glad the portions were European-sized.
We also enjoyed Old Europe, a fifty year old German eatery in Upper Georgetown. The large room was packed, mostly with family groups. I tried their Peach Punch summer drink with Riesling, champagne, and peaches -- refreshing! We were pleased with the very basic German cuisine (mine was a chicken dish with sour cherries). Even their potatoes were tasty. For dessert I had the "bee sting". Although disappointed by its plain vanilla pudding base, I had no trouble finishing the honey and nut topping. A blind lady played the piano and sang beautifully for most of the evening. The prices here a half that of the Taverna.
Finally, we wanted to be able to order from the menu rather than have a Sunday Brunch. Happily, we stumbled across a favorite of my husband's, Il Tomate. He enjoyed the Veal alla Trevisana (Treviso style) in a vermouth sauce with chopped radicchio atop. I found the Eggs Benedict with salmon outstanding.
Originally, we had been trying to decide whether to dine at Galileo, Barolo, I Ricchi, or Tosca. My spouse is from the Piedmont region of Italy, and his mother had once co-owned a fashionable Italian restaurant in Central America. After looking at menus from all the Italian restaurants on-line, my husband decided none of them would please him, and happily, we opted for the Taverna de Albadero.