Al Dente(formerly La Forchetta)
3201 New Mexico Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Al Dente marks former Galileo chef Roberto Donna's return to the kitchen. Although most nights, Donna's attention is on his eight-seat chef's counter within the restaurant, the able kitchen consistently turns out high-quality, regional Italian fare.
2 Stars (6/17/2012)
Although this "moderately priced neighborhood retreat" is "a far cry from the last restaurant that featured Roberto Donna," Galileo III, Tom Sietsema finds most of this menu "pleasant" with some notable standouts. See Full Review…»
Italic — Recommended
"An incredibly impressive Italian menu, even on Roberto Donna's nights off, the kitchen is deftly run by his sous chef."
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); $ Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).