HC’s birthday was last week. While I failed at most of the typical birthday related traditions (yup, neglected to get him a present and tried to pass off the whole I’m-making-you-a-baby thing… didn’t go over well), we did manage to go out for dinner to a new place.
Even though I waited until the last possible minute to put something together, HC and I, and a few friends, went to Potenza near the White House. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am highly skeptical of Italian restaurants, especially Italian restaurants in the DC area. But MG swears by this place, and he and KW have directed us to several really fantastic restaurants. Plus we could call to put our name on the list. Bonus.
So we get there, we’re seated immediately, and have bread and breadsticks and drinks super quick. Okay, already I’m impressed. Then I tasted the breadsticks. Um, delicious. Seriously. They were toasty and crunchy and exactly what a breadstick should be.
I had the Italian Wedding Soup to start, which is way up there as one of my favorite soups. It was fantastic. Aromatic, super fresh. And the little meatballs?! Perfect.
For my meal, I went with a super safe choice – orrechiette (my favorite pasta) with fennel sausage and broccoli rabe. But everything was delicious. And please believe I tasted near every dish that made its way to our table.
Due to my condition, I can’t speak on the wine/cocktails. But everyone at the table seemed pleased with their cocktails.
If you’re looking for solid Italian food in the District, check out Potenza. You won’t be disappointed.