Buona Sera!

I love Italian food, like really love it.  There is nothing better than fresh pasta, gooey cheese and a bright tomato sauce combination.  There is something cozy and comforting about Italian food.  That is why when my mother came into town, we decided to go out for Italian.  Actually it was my cousin who suggested the three of us eat at Al Tiramisu, an intimate Italian restaurant located in Dupont Circle, Thanks Rach!  This restaurant has been in the neighborhood for over a decade and I could not believe what a well kept secret this place has been.  All the waiters are friendly and speak with the sweetest Italian accents, the head chef makes a an appearance in the dining room, giving every customer their first welcome into the restaurant and last goodbye.  I’m serious, he gave all three of us (mom, cousin and myself) a proper double cheek kiss goodbye.  The food was delightful and I really hope you guys get a chance to check it out.

My family is the sharing type.  We ordered a couple of appetizers and three main dishes to share.  Everything we had was super tasty.

We started with an arugula salad with fresh Parmigiano Reggiano.

We also shared the Burrata with local honey and chopped truffles.  Some of you out there might be scratching your heads wondering what in the heck burrata is.  If you like mozzarella cheese, you’ll LOVE burrata.  Burrata is essentially a gooier version of mozzarella chese.  To be exact, burrata is a ball of cheese (not a wheel) that has a  firm mozzarella skin with a soft cream and mozzarella filling that oozes out when you cut into the burrata.

there were little flakes of truffle in the honey and on top of the burrata, soooo good.

For our main course we split the following three main dishes: grilled Sea Bass, lamb Osso Buco and lobster linguini in a red  tomato sauce

The fish was perfectly cooked, very moist.

O-M-F-G the lamb Osso Buco was UNREAL! Super tender meat, a creamy and cheesy polenta and the globs of sauce over top just full of flavor.

It was a little messy but each bite had a little bit of everything which made every fork-full a perfect bite.

Finally, the lobster linguini.

the presentation was great and the flavors were so clean.  A simple yet delicious homemade tomato sauce with plenty of lobster pieces and perfectly cooked pasta.

I realize this is a really up close and personal shot of the lobster head, sorry if that bothers any of you.  For some reason I thought it was good angle to take a picture from.

All in all, the service was great, the food was great and the atmosphere was great.  I even made a friend at dinner, well sort of…


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