Masseria, web site, 1340 4th Street NE, Washington, DC, 202-608-1330, right near Union Market, don’t expect the outside to look like a normal restaurant but yes it is there behind the street garbage. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Washingtonian | City Paper | Ylp | Don Rockwell]

Food from Puglia and Sicily, striking in its originality for the American scene. Fixed price menu only, but you choose from a longer list. Load up on the pastas as much as possible, and the linguini with XO sauce is especially good. This is probably the best pasta served in DC right now. The interior is stylish, the food is not cheap, but right now this is one of the few places in town worth spending some money on.

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