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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
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.
If you want to escape from work and the business of life, make plans to come to Aperto. You are welcomed into a lovely quiet haven with great food and service. I thought I was 25 years old again enjoying a wonderful meal with my companion (until my cell phone rang wanted to know the outcome of our business meeting which I had not bothered to start). Thank you for a wonderful meal and a respite from life.
I travel to DC often, and stay often at the Hotel Lombardy (next door), but have never eaten at Aperto. I'm sorry to say I could have been experiencing authentic Italian food for a year had I tried it sooner. The service was fantastic. The wine list is good. I had a shrimp risotto that was quite tasty. I view Aperto well worth the visit.
This was my first time here - it was a business lunch. Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a wonderfully gregarious host with a fabulous mustache. He immediately made me feel welcome and comfortable at the table. My meal was delicious! My starter was the soup special -- celery root -- which was a perfect summer soup and, for my main, the salmon crisp arugula salad -- perfectly dressed -- I ate every bite! Their menu was seasonal and had many options. I was happy to see so many seafood options. I hope to return soon to try more dishes.
We dined a lot when this was still Primi Piatti, and it was one of our favorites. We went for the first time after it reopened as Aperto for lunch on July 10, 2017, and it was a big disappointment. We had questions about the pre-fixe lunch menu, and the gentleman who took our order did not know what the Corvina Filet was and had to go away to find out -- he came back and told us it was a steak dish (there was already a steak choice on the menu, so we were puzzled). My husband wanted a fish dish so he had to order a salmon from the regular menu. I ordered from the pre-fixe menu: a green salad and the Squid Ink Linguine (the dessert was a pistachio ice cream, which was ok with me). My husband's salmon was on a bed of arugula and nothing else -- it was a bit bland. Worse, instead of Squid Ink Linguine, I got a fish dish, which turned out to be the Corvina Filet on the pre-fixe menu (he told us it was a steak!). The waiter apologized and offered to change my dish to the linguine, but I told him it was ok--I didn't want to make a big fuss (besides, I was hungry!). The Corvina was a bit rubbery, and I had to douse it with salt because it was bland. Btw--my "green salad" was just that--some green leaves tossed in a vinaigrette and nothing else, not even a single tomato or anything else added, and the green leaves were not fresh--the stem tips were brownish and I had to cut them off individually. Overall, we thought the meal was not a good value for what we paid. I checked "Quiet" on the noise level because there were only a few other patrons. We have always liked Chef Luigi's cooking, but will not be going back to Aperto in a long while.
Excellent salumi appetizer which we shared. Everyone's entrée was great but very different. Lamb chops, lamb ragu, mushroom risotto and seafood stew....all very well prepared and presented. Good service with a smile and efficiency. Limoncello mousse and tiramisu were nice finishes.
I have been there once before, and the host remembered who I was and how I liked my meal so much. Super accommodating and incredibly friendly. They heard it was my birthday and that I loved tiramisu and after we had paid the check they brought out one with a candle. Great personal service. 5/5 would recommend to others and am definitely going again.
Had lunch with friend - we sat outside on a beautiful day. The service was attentive and professional. I had the special which was grilled calamari, shrimp and other seafood - it was tastefully presented and the octopus was prepared just right - enough oil and garlic. The red wine was very good too - I ordered a glass of the special for the day. My friend had a pasta dish which tasted very good - it light not heavy, which can happen with some pasta dishes. My friend had the fixed price lunch - started with a nice salad, the pasta dish and ended with a mixed berry sorbet - they enjoyed all three. I ordered a la carte and my mixed green salad - was just arugula - but it was very good. I enjoyed an after meal cappuccino - which was nicely presented and prepared just right. Bottom line - I would recommend this restaurant and will return in the future.
Nothing memorable about Aperto either particularly good or bad. I had a chicken dish that was bland, but it was not dysfunctional. Nothing jumped out. If someone took me there, I wouldn't say no, but I would not make a special trip. Service was very good, however.
Aperto is a GEM!! I love the location near my job. The food is excellent, the service is divine and unlike a lot of restaurants, it is dignified and you can hold a conversation without shouting. I visit so often everyone knows my name. They make me feel special every time I go with coworkers, clients or my family.
This restaurant has the one important characteristic for restaurants: GREAT FOOD!
I went with my wife (and our baby) for mother's day and ordered a pasta each and then a "secondi" to share. While the dishes were not big, they were DELICIOUS, and we actually felt satisfied at the end.
They had no problem at all with us being the baby; on the contrary, Enea, the waiter/host/son of the chef, spent a nice amount of time chatting with us and playing with our baby (in a nice, not intrusive way) and insured we had a good time.
We went on a Sunday, and the restaurant was rather empty (it seems it's fuller during the weekdays, because of its location). They brought us a brunch menu, but we asked for a lunch menu and they had that as well, which I find especially important.
And the prices were not that high, either. It was a rather chic mother's day lunch, with two glasses of good wine, two pastas, a secondi, a dessert and a coffee, and it did not reach $150 with tip included. Recommended.
We went to this restaurant because it was beside our hotel. We had no trouble getting reservations although it was a Saturday night. We all began our meals with the arugula and beet salad, which was a bit disappointing. The dressing was without any flavor; we asked for cheese to add to jazz it up a bit. There were only a few beet slices. For an entree, I had the lobster linguini which was delicious and a generous portion. Others had the polenta with wild mushrooms which was very good, but expensive. We all felt as though the entrees should have included a vegetable as a side. There were side dishes available, but they were an additional cost, which would have made the dinners very expensive indeed. Our waiter was charming and attentive, but I had to ask for a spoon to accompany my fork with the linguini and water glasses were not filled without requesting. There were relatively few patrons throughout the evening, which meant that it was quieter than so many other restaurants.
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