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Posted by Fred on 09/20/2011
My first time eating here, I was quite disappointed in the very small portion of pasta. I don't think the pasta covered 1/3 of the plate. Unacceptable.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2011
We had a party of four, each trying a different pasta dish. The linguine with pesto sauce was bland with over cooked pasta. The other dishes were average. The garlic bread was also completely unmemorable. Overall, based on prior reviews, this restaurant is either slipping or it was an off night. You definitely would not go for the atmosphere because there is none. So if the food is just average, the prices cannot be justified because it is not cheap. All in all a very average experience that makes me cross this restaurant off the repeat list.
Posted by Andrew R on 04/07/2011
This is a high quality family member of the Pines of Florence group of restaurants in No Va, waiters and staff who originally began their careers at Pines of Rome in Bethesda. One started the unrelated, but venerable Pines of Italy, formerly on N. Glebe Rd in Arlington, which was a perennial 100 Best Bargain Restaurant Award Winner at Washingtonian. These northern Italian dishes have sustained me since 1986, especially the slightly spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo, with some of the largest shrimp I have ever seen, embedded in a fine spaghetti base. I have since last year moved back up north, but on my last visit, Jimmy, a relative of the main owner Mr Shafi, served me an exquisite dinner and some red wine. It was the best! As Robert Shoffner always wrote in his reviews, if a restaurant can fulfill it's promise, it is in contention to win any award. Pines does not need to compete with Roberto Dona's Galileo or iRicci. Pines wins as it truly Fulfills it's promise: good quality, northern Italian cuisine at a really reasonable price, in an authentic setting.
Posted by DC Native on 08/13/2010
My evening stroll has taken me by this small Italian restaurant located next to the Dresden on Connecticut Ave in Kalorama for over a year now. The low prices on the posted menu and the sparse crowds inside have always dissuaded me from going inside. I could only find 3 reviews on the internet but all were favorable so on that basis, I tried it. I must say I have to lend my hat to these reviews. What a suprise. Good quality Italian cusine, generous portions, incredible prices make this a winner. I would compare this to Luigi's futher down the road in West End but at a fraction of the price. The only thing I can think of for its low patronage is that Kalorama is restaurant limbo caught between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park. For all you Dupont Circleites, tired of standing in line for over-rated and over-priced food, this is well worth the trek up the hill. Try it and see.
Posted by Joanna Harkin on 03/25/2010
I have been a fan of Pines of Florence since opening. I think for its Kalorama location, the value is astonishing. The wait staff is so kind, the food delicious, freshly and excellent prepared, and the atmosphere with clean tablecloths is so special. I am there twice a week most weeks, only reviewing it instead of dining tonight because my car is stuck in the garage until morning. DARN that I cannot get there. I'm hankering for some of their delicious, tasty food. I urge anyone to go. You won't be disappointed. It is still great value. I am glad they weathered a downturn in dining out which affected discretionary spending. I’d rather see them remain than close as so many places have done in the last year.
Posted by Used to be avid Pines of Florence eater on 03/12/2010
I used to really love Pines of Florence and I think before this year I probably would have given them higher ratings. However, they made some changes that I'm a little miffed at. First off, they raised the prices on some of the dishes which was a surprise as I had ordered for delivery and was going off the menu on this site. I had ordered a Tiramisu to reach the minimum delivery (I had 14, the tiramisu was about 4.95 on the old menu). My total was 25+. Why? I ordered spaghetti and meatballs which was still the same price but they reduced to 2 meatballs per order... a dessert that went up by a dollar which was I guess fine but still a little pricey for what it was but had I known, or had someone mentioned the new menu pricing would have skipped on the tiramisu as it had gone up to from 5 to 7 dollars and has been reduced to 1/2 its portion. I had to call the restaurant to figure this all out because there was no itemized list with the order and no updated menu but a menu to the polo club (?). They had told me to request the new menu on my next order. Now it is my fault for not verifying the $$ when I first ordered but why would they not at least mention that the prices have gone up or provide an updated menu? And Im sorry but two meatballs do not make a spaghetti and meatball order and neither is the tiramisu that spectacular (its actually really ordinary) that it costs 7 dollars at half the portion of what it used to be? Despite all that the food is still consistently good but I probably won't be ordering as much with the reduced portion and price increase ....and no updated menu...
Posted by Chris from DC on 01/20/2009
I have been going to Pines of Florence since I was about 11 or 12 years old. And since then, it has remained my favorite restaurant in Washington D.C. I recommend it to everyone I know that is in the area and wants a good bite to eat. 5 stars.