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Reviews of Anna Maria's
12/29/2008 - Fabulous Italian
My wife and I and friends were looking for a nice, reasonably priced place to eat on our last night in DC. We found this thru DC menupages and it had nice reviews and ratings, so we decided to give it a try. First of all, the place is gorgeous. Tastefully decorated and quiet. Service was wonderful and our waiter offered to give us caesar salads "on the house" with our entrees (which would have come with a small dinner salad otherwise). The ceasar salad was beyond delicious. Perfectly seasoned with just the right aqmount of 'bite' and plenty of dressing. Then we ordered the calamari. Simply the best all four of us had ever had. Not at all rubbery, fresh and delicately breaded with a tomato dipping sauce with just the right amount of spice. The main courses were also spectacular. I had the chicken picata, my wife had the ravioli and our friends had the rigatoni a la vodka and salmon. One was better than the next and everything was freshly made with fabulous ingredients. The deserts were equally tasty. We had the pecan pie (again, completey fresh and just the right amount of sweetness unlike some pecan pies which can be sickeningly sweet) and our friends had an ice cream dish which they said was great. Finally the coffee was maybe the best I've ever had. I love coffee but I often find that restaurants try to make it too strong....almost as if they confuse the srength of the coffee with it's quality. This was just the right strength and was as smooth as silk. The owner, Lenny came over and spoke to us at length and a more friendly, genuine guy you will never meet. This is someone who obviously loves people and loves what he does. While it was not the cheapest meal we've ever had (with tax and tip it came to $90 a couple) it was easily worth every penny. My wife and I ate at Le Cirque in NYC several months ago and the food was not even in the same league as this wonderful place. I couldn't recommend this more highly!
07/02/2008 - Joe D.
A group of us 8 had dinner at this restaurant last night an had a very enjoyable experience. Owner Lenny Pace made us feel right at home and his waiter was very helpful making menu suggestions. I loved the spicy calamari and found the chicken saltimbocca quite enjoyable. The best part was the value. While the restaurant does not have the flair of I Ricchi, the value made up for it. Eight of us ate foe nearly $100 less than we paid at I Ricchi a few months ago.
01/31/2008 - Melissa Y.
Every time I am in DC I have to go here. I love their tortelini. The food is fabulous and the atmosphere is homey. Very close quarters but it is part of their charm. You have to go here is you want authentic Italian food.
04/27/2007 - Tracy
This place is fantastic. Anytime I go to DC I have to have the homemade pastas. For those who do not know, this place was one of President Kennedy's favorties. Also, it was also loved by President Reagan's Cabinet. I cannot recommend this place enough. If you would like True Italian food, that is nothing like the chain crap you are used to, then try Anna Marie's the next time you are in DC. I promise you will love the food and the wonderful value.
P.S. There is photographs all over the whole resturant with celebrities who have frequented the place throughout the years. Amazing!
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