Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli, And Maybe Stay for Dinner!
One of the best kept secrets in the D.C. restaurant business: Toscana Cafe. Food so good the Don would approve.
August 6, 2013 - 11:00 am
I hope you all stuffed yourselves on lobster bisque, foie gras, and indulged in a martini or two. If you’re up for another destination of culinary awesomeness, get ready to buy some bigger pants—because your eyes are going to be bigger than your stomach.
Toscana is the name of this jewel and it is located, conveniently, one block east of Union Station. The restaurant is quaint — a bright yellow row-house located on the corner of F Street NE and 2nd Street NE – but don’t let its humble exterior fool you. What it lacks in grandiose landscaping and property, it makes up for in hospitality, flavor, and culinary genius.
The owner is named Daniele — and it is commonplace to see him either in the kitchen, cooking away over a hot stove, or out on the patio, serving dinner to his neighbors and his own family. He likes to chat with patrons and is always interested in how the food tasted. Daniele is a master at making you feel at home — he’s a real, warm Italian. In fact, he returns to Italy each year to lead a culinary and wine tour. (You can sign up for this food and wine tour with Daniele to see Tuscany.)