Serving Up: The Darlington House

Last weekend, Vox ventured out to dinner all the way to Dupont Circle (gasp!) to review The Darlington House. A mere one-minute walk from the north Dupont metro stop or the GUTS bus stop, the trek over is as easy as it sounds.

A cheery hostess greeted us, it wasn’t very busy, and we were seated right away in a comfy booth near the window. Though we were there a week after restaurant week, they still had their restaurant week special: an appetizer, entrée, and desert for $35 per person.

My friend had a $50 gift card for the restaurant, so we had no qualms about treating ourselves. (Had we not had the $50 gift card, we still probably wouldn’t have had any problems with treating ourselves.) Here is the breakdown of the Italian restaurant we treated our taste buds to:

Atmosphere (4/5): Cozy booth, tea lights, oak paneling on the bottom half of the wall—the atmosphere felt warm and inviting.

Appetizer (4/5): I chose the fritto misto, which from fancy Italian restaurant language to English, means crispy calamari & shrimp with spicy marinara sauce. It was plenty tender and succulent, but I’ve still seen better calamari in my day.

Entrée (5/5): Had the taglionini, which on the menu is described as “Amatriciana with bacon, red onions and fresh tomatoes topped with grated pecorino.” Basically, I had some amazing pasta with spot-on sauce and some cheese. When the Darlington House brags about their in-house farm fresh made pasta, they have every right to do so.

Dessert (4/5): I had the bombolini, which I really can’t say without snickering. Bombolini are small Italian donuts which at the Darlington House are served with a side chocolate and caramel sauce.

Service (3/5): Everyone that served us couldn’t have been more friendly, but we weirdly had to wait a long time to get our long sought after donuts.

Conclusion (4/5): Overall positive experience, but I’m not dying to go back. For the restaurant week deal, I was expecting generally more food for less money. But, at least the pasta was on point.

Photo: Yelp Inc. via flickr

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