Nido2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20018
This neighborhood restaurant is from a couple veterans of Boundary Road, owner Karlos Leopold and former beverage director Erin Lingle. Lingle also serves as GM at Nido and is responsible for its sunny decor, which stands in sharp contrast to the current industrial trend. The Mediterranean menu is from chef Aaron Wright, who previously cooked at Tabard Inn and Pesce. It emphasizes snacks, small plates, and pasta, but also has two larger offerings (currently a bone-in ribeye and Basque seafood stew) meant for 3 or 4 people. Tuesdays through Friday, the downstairs bar offers good happy hour deals.
2 Stars (1/27/2016)
"Minimalist, arty and ambitious, Nido feels like it could be nestled among the Shaw or 14th Street hotshots that generate untold gigabytes of online attention…. Credit Karlos Leopold and Erin Lingle — the co-owner and former manager, respectively, of Boundary Road on H Street NE…. [I]ts cooking draws on the relaxed, ingredient-focused fare of the western Mediterranean, with an emphasis on Spanish and Italian cuisines. Aaron Wright, a kitchen refugee from the once embattled Tabard Inn and more recently the executive chef at Pesce in Dupont Circle, is not a stickler for tradition. He’s more interpreter than historical reenactor. …" See Full Review…»
No. 59 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Fed up with noisy restaurants? This newcomer has departed from the herd, forgoing exposed brick and dangling bulbs in favor of a warm and soothing dining room pulsing with gentle bossa nova. The mood of a casually sophisticated dinner party is reinforced by Aaron Wright’s Mediterranean dishes, many of which—such as his chicken thigh with lemon, olives, and jus—consist of no more than three elements on a plate. Some, including a luscious Sicilian chickpea purée, might look like something you could whip up at home, but there’s more process to them than you can see. The less-is-more approach might not yield a host of discoveries at the table, but you’re almost assured of a relaxing and rewarding meal. …" See Full Review…»
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
Menomale2711 12th St. NE
Washington, DC 20018
Ettore & Mariya Rusciano run this tiny pizzeria in Brookland, whose name means "thank goodness." Ettore is a certified Pizzialo by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which shows in his expertly crafted pies. An equally good beer program rounds out the menu, with plenty of great choices.
2 Stars (8/4/2012)
Critic Tom Sietsema raves: "'menomale' is Italian for 'thank goodness.' Which is precisely how residents of Brookland — but also pizza and beer nuts outside those borders — must feel about this fresh slice of bliss." See Full Review…»
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"This Brookland pizzeria, dedicated to the pure and sometimes almost austere Neapolitan ideal, has had its ups and downs since the founding partners split, but a recent visit showed it to be more up than we’ve seen it in a while. The pies are constructed on excellent foundations: a bright and sweet tomato sauce, tangy slices of fresh mozzarella, and a crust (cooked quickly in the custom-built wood-fired oven from Italy) that hovers between chewy and crispy. …" See Full Review…»
Italic — Recommended
"Count me as a fan of this serious neighborhood pillbox, with fine D.O.C.-based Neapolitan pizzas and an excellent beer program." See 11/6/2012 Review…»
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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 (*).