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Quick Review: Al Tiramisu (Dupont Circle)

Al Tiramisu (Dupont Circle)
2014 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 467-4466

I am in DC (again). This time for the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting. Flew in Sunday morning on a red-eye, no breakfast, slept through lunch, then 5 hours of keynotes and plenary sessions. Starving for dinner - and looking for good fare. Found an equally sleep-deprived and hungry colleague and walked around Dupont Circle looking for something that spoke to us. But it was cold (for a thin-blooded Californian) and the wind was brisk (ditto) and after 3247 steps (hey, one of the exhibition freebies was a pedometer), I was getting a bit desperate for something consumable. I have enjoyed the concierge recommendations at Kimpton hotels before, so as the Hotel Palomar happened to be right there, we stopped in and asked. They recommended Al Tiramisu and said that he had sent many people to there without a single complaint. Now, is having no complaints the equivalent of being good?

Without reservations, no line, but we were told that the open tables were held for reservations (and it did fill). We were able to dine at the bar. The owner/chef Luigi was engaging and friendly, and the service was solid, quite attentive for bar service. We opened with the beef carpaccio served with arugula and aged parmesan. It was thinly sliced, nicely presented, fresh, and savory. I am not big on raw anything (i.e. no sushi, no seared ahi; yes, I know, heresy), but this was good. My dining companion had the round ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, served in a butter and sage sauce and quite enjoyed it. I had one of the specials, spinach pappardelle (absolutely delicious, with a subtle flavor) with shrimp (tender and satisfactory) in a fresh cherry tomato sauce. The tiramisu was beautifully presented ... but a little disappointing given the restaurant name. I've had better.

We left satisfied but unawed.

Rating: 3/5
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