4171 MacArthur Blvd.
What a great addition to the Laurel District. This little trattoria does rustic Italian right, thanks to chef/owner Terrell Santiago, who likes to incorporate fresh produce from the Laurel farmers market when able. A sign with a sturdy, curly-tailed pig marks the restaurant, and a herd of crayoned cutouts of the same porker marches along an interior wall, denoting the congenial atmosphere one might expect of a neighborhood trattoria equally suited for family celebrations or a first date. If the butter-and-sage rich pumpkin ravioli is on the menu, get it, mmm. We can also recommend the minestrone, the Caesar (anchovies!) and spinach (pancetta!) salads, pasta pomodoro and — most of all — a hearty pork stew brimming with white beans. Italian comfort food. Nice selection of antipasti, too. Lunch includes some delicious-sounding sandwiches. With the pasta, soup, stews and salads this good, we haven’t been able to save room for dessert, so we have a dolce date to duck in for a coffee and tiramisu (or something else decadent). It really feels like Nonna is in the kitchen here. Serves lunch and dinner Tue.–Sun. (Reservations 6 or more.)
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