RESTAURANT: Sfoglina Pasta House
ADDRESS: 4455 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
AFFORDABILITY: Most entrees are in the mid-20s or more and the portion sizes are filling, but not huge.
PARKING: Paid street parking available and they will validate up to 2 hours in the nearby Colonial Parking Garage (4445 Connecticut Ave). Also a very short walk from the Van Ness metro station (Red Line).
VENUE: The restaurant has a very nice, cozy, upscale wooden interior that provides a nice intimate setting. However, it’s not too formal that it could serve as a great restaurant for a fancy meal or a nice lunch to catch up with friends.
GENERAL: We did not come in with a reservation but were seated quickly. Offered complimentary bread and our waters were refilled often. The food came out quickly as well – overall good service!
THE FOOD: It’s a pasta house so a majority of the items are (shockingly) pasta, but there are some non-pasta items as well. Everything on the menu looked absolutely delicious. While portion sizes are not huge, it seemed that each entrée would be filling which was great. I was torn between ordering a couple of pastas, but I finally decided on the Neopolitan Macheroni (Pesto Genovese, Artichokes, witih Pine Nut Crumble).
I really did not know what kind of pasta to expect (I saw Macheroni and thought Kraft Mac’n’Cheese pasta size) and ended up with these large looped pieces that were great. The pieces might have almost been too large, but that also could have been me still recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction. The pasta was cooked the perfect amount and the pesto was delicious. The artichokes were nice and soft (but still had a firmness to maintain its shape) and did not have an overpowering flavor. The pine nut crumble added a nice crunch, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Part of that could have been due to my dental procedure, but the change in texture was still much appreciated from the overall softness of the dish.
I definitely would recommend it, and I hope to try some of the other pastas and seafood pastas they offer soon!
ACCOMODATIONS: A large array of vegetarian options available. Like surprisingly large array.
OVERALL: I was satisfied! It’s a fancy restaurant so definitely on the pricier side, and the portions won’t stuff you, but you won’t leave hungry. The quality is really high and it was a good meal. Everything look delicious on the menu that I really wish I could order it all. It’s definitely a cool restaurant with great vibes to try out and bring friends to.