eating our way through Italy. Ever since that trip, we've been searching for great Italian food in DC. Dino in Cleveland Park was recommended to us as a way to fill the Italian culinary void. When two of our buddies were visiting and staying at the nearby Marriott Wardman Park, we whisked them out of the Woodley Park Culinary Wasteland (that's WPCW . . . it's going to catch on like NoMa, just watch) and up the street to Dino.
Second Thoughts From B
Of all the wonderful things we ate in Italy, fried artichoke is what I miss. Was it the best thing? Maybe. Was it something that I've yet to find in the States? Absolutely.
You can find great pasta, great pizza, great cheese, great wine, great most anything Italian around here. We are certainly not wanting for many things. Yet somehow, great fried artichoke remains elusive.
This is the second place that Google has identified (Bethesda's Food Wine & Co was the first) and the second one that only reminds me how good the artichoke was in Rome.
But enough nostalgia and unfair comparisons, and back to Dino. I feel that there was a lot more excitement reading the menu than eating the food. It wasn't bad, in fact, it was quite good. Rather, the ideas on the page were excellent and raised expectations to unreasonably high levels. Kind of like our trip to Italy...