DC diners looking for a breath of fresh air, atmosphere, and Amalfi Coast eats won’t need to look farther than Columbia Heights’ Napoli Pasta Bar (2737 Sherman Ave NW). There’s a menu full of reasons this place recently scored a 2019 Michelin DC Guide Bib Gourmand honor!
Antonio Ferraro took what he learned managing some of DC’s finest Italian restaurants and up’d the ante, achieving his dream of bringing the delectable tastes of Sorrento to Washington. And what’s more, every bite is as picturesque as it is palatable.
Among the latest on Napoli’s Fall menu are a collection of truly mouthwatering Antipastas and Pastas. The Zuppa Di Fagioli (bean and escarole soup) is an unexpectedly flavorful surprise; Frittatina Di Pasta (fried pasta nuggets) are unique and toothsome; but you absolutely cannot miss trying Napoli’s Parmigiana Di Melanzana (eggplant parmesan) — it’s Ferraro’s personal favorite, and perhaps the best item on the entire menu.
Pasta entrées are just as inviting to savor and share. Vegetarians will love the artichoke-filled Lasagnetta Napoletana; the Tagliolini Al Porcini is a comfort food favorite; and diners just can’t get enough of Napoli’s scrumptious 48 hour stewed Paccheri ‘O Rrau’.
For sure, it’s the food and not the frivolity that will bring you back again and again, but that shouldn’t keep you from requesting Napoli’s unique Vespa dining table (below). And when you see these pastas popping-up all over your social feed, know that while they are certainly 100% instagrammable, they are just as inviting to savor.