In the continuous transformation of Shaw/Logan Circle from urban blight to sleek hipster chic, the Italian restaurant Posto (1515 14th St. N.W. #1) remains a favorite of the budget-following foodie set.
A packed weeknight reminded me of the romantic scenes from glossy movies where everyone is happy and engaged in artful conversation, while the scene is crisp and sparkingly clear.
A generous but not overwhelming wine list included wines by the glass and bottle. I sampled the Dolcetto, a 2007 Sandrone-Piedmont from Italy, off the glass menu, as well as a Barbera, a 2008 Silvio Grasso Alba from Piedmont, Italy, off the bottle menu – I had help with the bottle, I promise!
Both went well with the leisurely yet helpful service at Posto. Even though the executive chef was off that night, there was nothing to complain about regarding the food.
I started with a selection of five off the antipasti menu ($22): two affettati, including the black truffle salame and the prosciutto, and three formaggi of pecorino crotonese, capra and my favorite ubriaco.
I skipped the pizza, although by the sheer volume of pizzas being delivered to the tables around me, they're clearly a crowd favorite. The free bread basket was actually comprised of pizza slices without cheese or other toppings, to be dipped in olive oil. Thick yet flaky, with a hint of basic Italian seasoning, if what was free was any indication of the quality of the pizzas ($13-$16), then it's no wonder the kitchen was constantly churning them out!
My order of fettucine ($19) was unexpected. Made with black truffle pasta, porcini mushrooms and raschera cheese, I was surprised by the richness of the texture and taste. The black truffle contrasted with the procini mushrooms made the pasta more lively than I thought would be possible.
Desert was the bunet ($8), a chocolate custard as the base topped with two bourbon/amaretto cookies, vanilla sauce and delicate whipped cream -- but nothing memorable.
Nonetheless, if you can't swing the cash for the more pricey sister restaurant Tosca, it is not settling at all to go to Posto.