DCFoodies.com Early Dino Dinner - DCFoodies.com

« Holiday Dining in the District (And Maybe Parts of VA) | Main | Lia's Revisited »

Dec 04, 2006

Comments

Tom

I love the wine list there. The owner (Dean) is great at picking a great accompaniment to your meal. Often we surpass our self imposed wine budget but it's worth it. Chris the Bartender is very good as well.

Laura

Yes, we often surpass our wine budget there too. Its definitely one of those places that I like a lot, but can't visit all that often because, yow, how did a Tuesday night meal for two end up to be $150?

Dean

Laura... come on a Sunday or Monday and get 1/3 off the wines over $50!

jess

Count me in as another fan of the aglio dish. I've had roasted garlic on toasted italian bread many times, but when you pair with gorgonzola and tomato jam and it becomes incredible.

Annother dish I'd recomend is mushroom pasta. My sister ordered it when I took my family there in November and I couldn't stop stealing tastes of it.

Joe Hoya

My wife read about a variation on the Neapolitan tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes for Christmas dinner that Dino is running for the next few days, so we decided to try it tonight before heading up to New Jersey for the genuine article.

The meal is pris fixe, five courses for $55 per person, and it was absolutely wonderful. First comes a plate of fried seafood (calamari, whole anchovies and a whole sardine) which were light and crisp and served atop a lightly tangy tomato sauce. It was followed by a variation on Italian wedding soup, with meatballs made from salmon - an improvement over the original, if you ask me.

From there, the next course is a pasta - massive ricotta-filled ravioli in a lobster sauce with calamari, cuttlefish and lobster meat on top. The ravioli itself was pretty standard fare (though it was perfectly al dente), but the seafood accompaniment really made the dish.

For the entree, you have the choice of a whole fish for two (or more) people or a plate of scallops and other seafood in garlic and oil. Groups of three or more get to enjoy both entrees, but we chose the fish (branzino) as we were only two. Without any basis for comparison, I've got a pretty good idea that we chose wisely. A choice of dolcetto from their dessert menu was included, as well. I took the opportunity to enjoy the 7-year old reggiano drizzled with 30-year old balsamic vinegar...not quite a dolcetto, maybe, but something I had been meaning to try on this menu for quite some time. It did not disappoint.

With the exception of the soup, all of the courses are served family style, to encourage sharing. And, for those who are keeping count, the magic number (7) was reached:

Calamari
Anchovy
Sardine
Salmon
Cuttlefish
Lobster
Branzino

I am so excited that my wife found out about this, and it has definitely put me into the holiday spirit as we prepare to face another meal of seven fish (most of which are completely different, at least) on Sunday night.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night at Dino!

jodifur

Do you think Dino is ok for a well behaved 2 year old? Early? Like at 5:30?

Jason

Yes. I bring my son there all the time and he's 15 mos.

The comments to this entry are closed.