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Posted by LisaLisa on 10/17/2010
I'll be honest; we've lived in the neighborhood for two years and always walked by Floriana and disregarded it as another mediocre Dupont area spot. We went tonight and had a truly spectacular meal. Both my boyfriend and I work in the industry and the service was excellent; our waiter worked as a somellier in San Francisco and his wine knowledge was excellent; he recommended a perfect wine. Since it was Sunday all bottles were half off so we had two! The calamari was perfect and the pastas were all fresh and cooked perfectly al dente. The chicken parm was a HUGE serving and my Butternut Squash ravioli was the best I've ever had- a little sweet but perfectly savory. The patio was lovely and the desserts tasty as well- the profiterols and tiramisu were superlative. Def. please go here; we will be back!
Posted by Chris C on 08/08/2010
I will never forgive myself for waiting so long to try Floriana. My experience beginning in the hidden parisian boite of a bar and ending in the very same place was nothing but stellar. Arriving without a reservation, we were asked to wait "downstairs," down a short descent of a hidden stair we were greeted with a beaming smile, and an a freshly wiped spot at the bar. Seeing our sweat, the bartender placed two ice waters w/ lemon on folded napkins in front of us, letting us catch our breath he made a bunch of drinks for the restaurant upstairs. Curiously, I watched as each drink was made, or rather- handmade. I asked for a recommendation, and he replied "What I recommend is, you decide what you want, and order it..." A witty joker, & a great ice-breaker- he went on to explain dozens combinations he could make. After what seemed like forever- I settled in on a cosmo ( I KNOW ). In all my 30+ ish years I've had many, MANY cosmopolitans... bad ones, great ones, good ones, blue ones, clear ones... Ladies & Gentlemen, let me state unequivocally that this was THE best, most delicious, fresh, frothy, citrusy thing I have ever tasted- by far the best "cosmo" and perhaps the best first few sips of my life. As per usual my husband had a manhattan (I can't drink bourbon, college was rough)- which he pronounced as "damn amazing" I'll take his word for it. I should mention, once Jim ordered the manhattan, the bartender (who's name I'm sorry I can't remember) removed his ice water with lemon, and replaced it with ice water with NO lemon. Puzzled, I asked if there was something wrong with the water- bartender says: "lemons belong no where near a drink named after the big apple." Needless to say, I was charmed & satisfied. Off we went upstairs to dinner vowing to return. Seated in the red front room the charms continued. Our waiter Joe was polite and sweet, recommending a spectacular goat cheese mango salad & a nice country pate. The pate was basic, but the pickles were crisp and perfectly brined. Main courses followed, I chose and asian tuna steak salad (and asked for a drink pairing) again, perfection with a rum / ginger / pear martini that was spectacular. Jim- could not be bothered because he was face down in his lasagna- (and second manhattan) Great, Great, Great! I have spent $120 on many things, but that night, that food, those drinks and that surprise were worth every penny. Bravo Floriana!
Posted by Amade on 10/14/2009
I recently took some out-of-town friends here, one of whom is an executive chef at her own restaurant, after hearing rave reports about the amazing food. The food in and of itself was excellent - House-made pastas, incredible sauce on the dish Alfredos Sister, a wonderful butternut squash ravioli, and the most perfectly cooked pork chop I've ever had with diced peaches on top. However, while the food was great, the service we received ruined the meal. While our hostess was all smiles, the rest of the experience was a downhill slide. One server who poured water and delivered bread was incredibly rude and wouldn't even respond to simple "please" or "thank you" remarks, while our own waiter didn't inform us of the daily menu special or the half-price wine. Overhearing it would be half price, we ordered a couple of glasses, which were of an incredibly low-quality, only to later be charged full price for them. Although we were one of two tables in the restaurant, our waiter was nowhere to be found, and we repeatedly had to request services from another waitress. At the end of the meal, a good portion of the food was asked to be boxed up, but when requested twenty minutes later, we found it had been thrown away! Though the food was nice, the service left a bad taste in my mouth, and I sadly won't be recommending this restaurant to anyone at all in the future.
Posted by Tracy Hancock on 11/02/2008
My partner and I eat here about once per month and love it!. I have not had a bad meal yet and if you go ask for the server named Beth. She is the best, always friendly, and knows just what you like and want. Prices are mid-ranged but you definitely get your money's worth, I always have to leave with a to-go-bag because you get plenty. Great wine selection.
Posted by S. Sachs on 03/20/2008
this floriana place is so unique in style, filled to the brim with regulars and characters from all walks of dc life. the little bar downstairs manned by a jolly, sarcastic, and perhaps brilliant man named dedo. his charm and wit are only outdone by what appears to be a magical ability to martinis with convex surfaced- a feat i do not recommend attempting on your own. the food is above par- substantial portions of homemade pastas. i will return for the lasagna- they say its famous- and i can taste why. its intoxicating, the hint of nutmeg alone is worth a trip back.
Posted by corbinski on 09/21/2007
My girlfriend and I ate here last night for our anniversary, and since we just moved into the neighborhood, which is full of great dining, we were pretty disappointed. Our server wasn't very knowledgeable of the menu and wasn't very good with timing at all. The gazpacho and chicken francese were absolutely tasteless, although the red snapper special was delicious, with a gingery sauce that I'm going to try to replicate in my own kitchen. We're going to give it another shot primarily because the atmosphere is the best we've found out of any restaurant in the neighborhood.
Posted by realtor star on 10/31/2006
This place is a great neighborhood spot. I have lived in the area for 8 years and just recently discovered this little gem. The staff could not be nicer, or more attentive ( I'm guessing this treatment is due to our frequency of dining ) and genuine. The food is consistently good- and quite simply they have the best Risotto I have ever tasted.