Plaudits: Washington Post 2013 Fall Dining Guide
Neighborhood: 14th Street/Logan Circle
First, there was Bachelor Party, Part One. Then there was Bachelor Party, Part Two: dinner at Etto with Official Friends of DCWD Shawn and HR Intern.
Etto comes from the same folks behind 2 Amy's (and incidentally, also the Garden District formerly known as Standard), which accounts for its interior; as Official Wife of DCWD Texas put it as we walked by the other night, "Wow, that basically just looks like a carbon copy of the back half of 2 Amy's. On side of the small space is a bar, with space for maybe ten patrons (and that might be generous). It's a bright space with birch-colored wood lining white walls, shelves of bread and a countertop of prepared of foods to one side. Behind a small divider lies the rest of the dinner space: simple wooden two- and four-tops set alongside exposed brick and framed pictures of salami. The physical space is small, which accounts for the heavy wait time unless you arrive early or dine late.
2 Amy's backbar, the menu is straightforward: charcuterie, small bites, and pizza. We order in that fashion, starting with a healthy plate of chorizo, mortadella, and Iberian ham slices, along with some prosciutto di parma. Paired with a burrata and some house-salted marcona almonds, the charcuterie sings with exquisite simplicity, with the nuttiness of the mortadella, the spice of the chorizo, and the wondrous fat and salt of the prosciutto standing out in my memory.
my favorite on the street) but it's a good bite on this night.
I've read many reviews of Etto which lavish incredible praise on the place. I can see where it sparkles, but it wasn't mindblowing in any way. Just solid.
Food Rating: *** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Quiet Drinks
Cost: $$$$ (out of 5) ($50-$75 for two)
Pairing: Lost in the restaurant boom of 14th Street is that there are a lot of cute shops on the strip as well, including one of our window shopping favorites Timothy Paul. Duck in.