Saturday, January 25, 2014


Arancini balls
Homemade ravioli and meatballs
The dessert drinks
The pasta mamma making some gnocchi.
If you've ever been to Washington, D.C., you know that Georgetown is the place to be. Sure, there are losts of places to shop, but Georgetown is also the home to many wonderful restaurants. The finest, in my humble opinion, would be Filomena Ristorante.

It's impossible not to fall in love with this place. Before you walk in, you can see the pasta mamma making her homemade pasta in the front window. Step inside this time of year and romance is in the air. There are hearts, love birds and red lights all over for Valentine's Day.

We lucked out and happened to visit Filomena's on the last day of restaurant week. Three courses for $35. Your server will deliver some Italian bread to your table to begin, but be careful. Have a slice or two. You don't want to get stuffed. 

For my first course, I had arancini balls. They were as good as it gets. You cut them open and mozzarella cheese pours out. Absolutely incredible. For dinner, I ordered their ravioli and meatballs. I tend to avoid ravioli because they don't tend to fill me up and the cheese is often flavorless. This was certainly not the case at Filomena's. Their homemade ravioli is so tender and those little meatballs served with it are full of flavor. A perfect Italian dish. I can also highly recommend their "Gnocchi Della Mamma," a heaping portion of the pasta mamma's gnocchi and bolognese sauce. 

Filomena Ristorante's dessert menu is vast and their desserts are as fine as their entrees. They have cheesecake, several cakes, tarts and tiramisu. I loved their triple chocolate mousse cake. It's made with three light and airy layers of chocolate mouse and topped with chocolate shavings. Dessert is also served with some after-dinner drinks, amaretto and anisette. With them comes a small glass of coffee beans. You add three of them to your drink. One for love. One for health. The last for wealth. How nice is that?!

The next time you're in D.C., be sure to dine at Filomena's Ristorante. Food does not get any better than this. Perfection! ,

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