American University Restaurants

Al Dente

(formerly La Forchetta)
3201 New Mexico Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-244-2223

Italian


 

$$$
$25.66
 

★★

Average Value

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★★

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Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
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.
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
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…»
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (1/25/2013) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
At this "tangerine-accented trattoria near American University" Chef Roberto Donna "captures the soul of his native Italy." See Full Review…»
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"An incredibly impressive Italian menu, even on Roberto Donna's nights off, the kitchen is deftly run by his sous chef."
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ 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 (*).