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Chef Luigi Diotaiuti’s latest concept “Aperto” is named after the Italian word for “open”. Featuring an open kitchen, a comfortable atmosphere and honest Italian cuisine, Aperto offers Washingtonians the freshest Italian flavors with a contemporary twist . Aperto’s culinary philosophy combines Chef Luigi’s full-circle vision of providing patrons with the best from the past, present, and future of Italian cuisine while incorporating as many house-made, local, organic, free-range, and sustainably farmed products as possible. Enjoy a delightful Italian-inspired brunch, lunch, or dinner in our carefully appointed, inviting setting. Join us for an aperitivo - Italian cocktails created with our own line of house made liqueurs at Happy Hour or carry out our classic dishes for lunch or dinner. In a hurry? Our Express Lunch packs a robust punch for those on the go. The private room is the perfect location for exclusive Italian style events, and sidewalk dining for Al fresco diners.
Washington, DC 20006
Hours of operation:
11:30am to 10:00 pm Monday-Friday
Dinner: 5:00pm to 11:00 pm Friday- Saturday
Sunday : 4 : 30 pm to 9:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering: Personalized catering packages are available on an individual basis. Call us to create the optimal meal plan for your next event.
Foggy Bottom station
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Aperto Ratings and Reviews
Overall, it was great. I was surprised when the bill came at the cost. The caprese salad was amazing. The chef used roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes which was yummy. However, I thought overall, it was overpriced. Albeit the food was very good, I would not go back again and pay that price - maybe it's just me but to give you a reference, the bill came to $360 (before tip) for 4 people. We did have drinks but no more than 2 a person. I'm Italian and love Italian food but I know where to go that is just as good for a lot less:)
We had a pretty early reservation time (pre-theater) on a very cold night so the ambiance was probably not the same as a typical Friday. (We were the only table when we began and one of three when we left.) Cocktails and wine were good. I had a burrata appetizer which had a strange flavor - the cheese was more tangy/sharp than I've ever experienced for burrata and that made it mildly unpleasant. I followed up with the risotto of the day (mushroom) which made up for what it lacked in interesting mushrooms but being extra heavy/creamy. It didn't seem to be creamy from the starch of the rice but through cream and butter. I ended up only eating a third. Our waiter was charming although he did seem to disappear towards the end (which was odd given how empty the restaurant was). The menu wasn't particularly interesting so I had expected staple Italian dishes to be particularly good, but my husband and I both found our food lacking. Overall it was fine, but mildly disappointing. I wouldn't necessarily avoid the restaurant, but there are plenty of other places to go.
this is truly authentic Italian food served beautifully in a lovely setting -- it is right next to the hotel we were staying at so it seemed an easy choice -- even got to practice my little Italian -- Highly recommend for occasions that call for good food and good wine
The mesclun salad had a dressing that was a bit too tinged with vinegar.
the laganelle with lamb was very good, but the pasta was on the soft side, not aldnte. I must admit, however that it was part of a sort of stew and so perhaps it had to be softer.
Cake was fine.
I like the place and the wait staff.
I woke at night with much gas. Don't know why.
Thyme sauce ravioli was excellent but literally an appetizer portion for $27. And I often think restaurant portions are too large so am not looking for large amts. Lobster linguine was beautifully presented with nice pieces of lobster, but that’s where it stopped. Had blandish sauce and was far too salty. At $35 had the potential to be a great dish, but really fell short. Service was ok. Not warm or welcoming but competent. Would not go back. Felt like a restaurant that either is riding on an old reputation or doesn’t care because it gets 1x tourists.
My husband and I had an 8:00 pm Friday night reservation and were excited to try it after reading several raving reviews. When we got there Aperto was dead with only two tables full in the main dining room. The loud techno music (which reminded me of a hotel gym) was also disconcerting, as was our waiter’s attitude (who also seemed to be the host and bartender). The wine menu was reasonably extensive, but expensive by the glass. My husband ordered a glass of prosecco and I ordered a glass of Nebbiolo. We ordered a scallop appetizer. And for $19 we were extremely disappointed. The appetizer came with three scallops the size of quarters with some lightly dressed greens and a smear of cannellini beans. We almost left then and there. But ended up ordering the lamb Ragu and the Roman pasta, both which were tasty, but overpriced. And did I mention that the waiter was completely on attentive and had an attitude? Overall, very disappointed and would not go back again.
I have always had a great experience at Aperto — for lunch or dinner. The service is impeccable and the food is superior. I’ve dined there with my daughter’s first boyfriend as we got to know each other, with co-workers for their annual reviews, and with my husband and daughter after a gallery experience. I recommend Aperto for a fine dining experience—any time.
My friend and I work near Aperto so we decided to try it for dinner. We had an amazing meal as the food was so delicious. My friend had branzino that was so fresh and cooked perfectly. I had the pasta with lamb ragu which is one of my favorite dishes. The food was superb- high quality, cooked perfectly and the best fish, pasta and lamb that we both have had! The waiter was wonderful, friendly and helped guide us in our selections when we asked. APERTO has excellent food, wonderful ambiance and priced right for what they deliver.
I had a wonderful meal the other day. The waitstaff is well trained and attentive without being overbearing. The wine list was superb and had many options to choose from. There were many specials so make sure you are paying attention. I ordered the lamb and it was wonderful and cooked to the correct temperature. The food came quickly and I appreciated the open kitchen. Make sure you leave room for dessert as the Tiramisu was amazing.
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant and plan to eat here again.
I enjoy Aperto. I like the service and the food.
My guests (who did not get pastas) seemed to find ti to be good but not excellent. One found "too many" mussels in his stew. One thought his dessert should be bigger.
I hope the restaurant stays and continues to grow.
The Manzo (prime beef strip loin tagliata) was excellent and exactly as ordered; perfect manhattans were mixed perfectly and service was attentive ... right up until the end of dinner, when the dining room filled up and things got busy. Then, everything fell apart. It was a good dining experience gone sour, and I doubt I would ever go back. Nothing's worse than finishing dessert, ready to wrap up the evening, waiting for the espresso you ordered (never to come) and then looking up to see your erstwhile server running around the dining room, totally overwhelmed and blind to your plight. We watched helplessly for a good long time while he ran from table to table, satisfying one request after another, and completely forgetting us, when all we really needed at that point was the check. We felt like captives because for a good 20 minutes, we were. There we sat, empty dessert dishes sitting there staring back at us, stuck with nothing to do but chat with each other about how sad the service had become, and watch the couple at the table next to us canoodle and paw at each other under the table cloth (well, barely under), and wish we were just about anywhere else. At least the server didn't bill us for the espresso that never materialized, but he didn't even acknowledge that he blew it off. And I say "blew it off" because when I signaled for the check long after my Gelato was just a memory, he said "Espresso?" (No, check please). It was that classic moment when the waiter realizes what has happened and writes you off for the evening because, I guess, he assumes (incorrectly in this case) that he has lost the tip. Life's too short to take another chance on this "contemporary Italian cuisine," sorry to say. Aperto is Italian for "open" but maybe this particular cafe should have kept its doors shut until they could hire enough staff.
We were staying in D.C. and wanted a romantic 30th anniversary dinner. So we went to Aperto which was right down the street where we were staying. A reservation was made, we arrived early but did not have to wait, we were seated immediately. Tony came over and introduced himself as our server for the dinner. He asked what we would like to drink, my husband asked if he could suggest a wine, which he did, a rose'. He asked if I would like to taste it before we ordered it, yes, I said. I liked it. Tony brought a bottle and my husband tasted it first, then Tony poured it for us. We ordered a cheese plate that had several slices of different cheeses, slices of peaches and bread, yum, we also shared an Arugula salad which had beets, little orange slices and walnuts dressed with a balsamic lemon dressing, both were so good. Our entree was the Caccincino (spelling?) Seafood stew and a Linguine with Lobster. Both were excellent. For dessert we had an orange infused pound cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and glace'. Tony was great helpful, attentive and happy to be of service. If we return to D.C. we would definitely come back. Highly recommended.
We love Aperto, particularly for pre-theater dining because it's close to the Kennedy Center shuttle. It's very pretty, the service is attentive without being overwhelming. But the food is very good! Beautifully presented and very delicious! It's a "go-to" restaurant for us and we hope many other people discover it as it's fairly new.
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