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- Cuisines: Italian
- If you think you know the herb basil, think again. One of D.C.'s best Italian chefs, Vincenzo Belvito, presides over a warm and loving kitchen that coaxes the subtle flavors from the freshest herbs and oils in town. That seemingly simple blend of basil, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese that turns pasta into perfection. Braised lamb and veal, fish, seafood and house-made pastas are on the menu. Each entrée is light, flavorful and transportive. Inside this cheery space, a glass of Chianti in hand, it's easy to feel lost in the Italian countryside. Wander up Connecticut Avenue to Cleveland Park.