The Cherry Blossom 10-miler is coming up in a few weeks (three weeks to be exact), and SM and I are already excited about our pre-race meal. We have a few friends from college in town for the event as well, so last night we decided to need to start brainstorming a list of potential pasta or pizza spots to load up on carbs the evening before the race. So far, we have come up with the following list:
Pasta Mia: a family-owned DC institution in Adams Morgan. This restaurant strictly operates on a cash-only, first-come, first-serve basis and a line usually forms outside the restaurant about a half hour before it opens. There is only one cook, Roberto Broglia, and there are only 44 seats, so if you are 45th in line, you end up waiting for about an hour to eat. The giant plates of perfectly cooked pasta are unbelievably inexpensive, and usually last me about 3 meals.
Red Hen: since opening up in Bloomingdale 2 years ago, the Red Hen has received non-stop praise for its rustic menu and friendly neighborhood vibe. The fennel sausage sagu is one of my favorite pasta dishes in recent memory. The house-made pork sausage is so hearty and satisfying, and the pecorino cheese sprinkled on makes the perfect topping.
Osteria Morini: located in Navy Yard, this might be a little bit more of a trek for us but the reviews have been so positive that it will probably be worth venturing out of the neighborhood. This is the first DC restaurant for Michael White, the famed NYC chef behind Marea, and he has not disappointed . The Washingtonian review assures that pastas are “the surest bets” here, and make it sound like this is a great place to gorge ourselves.
Alphonse: This U Street casual Italian restaurant and market opened in the summer of 2014. What makes this spot stand out in my mind, is that my extremely picky, slightly pretentious (I mean that in the most loving way possible) has heaped a lot of praise on Alphonse. And by praise, I mean he says in a monotone voice that it is “pretty good.” And every time I walk by this little restaurant, I am charmed by it’s old school vibe and checkered table clothes. Plus, the Washington Post praises their cannolis, something that makes my heart flutter.