San Marco Italian Restaurant Closing. Last Night of Service Sat.

From DC Dude: “Bad news for all you San Marco fans.  I spoke to the owner last night and he says he is retiring and selling the place.  Saturday night will be their last night in operation.  Better get yourselves down there for one last taste before the lights go out for good.”

Last chance to check out San Marco! Very sad news if this turns out to be true. Best of luck to the owner in retirement. Can anyone confirm the news?

UPDATE:  Sadly, it is true.  I just spoke with the owner who confirmed Sat. night will be the last service of San Marco.  He did, however, mention that the reason why it took them so long to sell was because he wanted to make sure the spot remained a neighborhood restaurant.  And that it will.  It is set to become a Napalese Italian restaurant that will be remodeled and hopes to reopen in September.  More news as it becomes available.  But for those who love San Marco – send your best wishes in person or in the comments as the owner and his wife are heading for a well deserved retirement.

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  • This better not be true. San Marco is my favorite restaurant in this italian-food-forsaken city.

  • I don’t know much about Italian food (other than I love it) — what kind of food is Napalese (Neapolitan?) Italian? Would that style of Italian cooking differ from what is being served there now?

  • Roberto, Pino & the gang will be holding a sort of wake-like thing Monday evening from 6-8.

    No food (as far as I know), but wine & maybe some nibbles.

    Come around & say arrivederci to the city’s best Italian neighborhood joint.

    Ciao, y’all.

    Hank Leland
    Adams Morgan

  • Hmm. I truly hope you mean Napolese and not Napalese pizza. Because that’s taking fusion a bit too far! 😉

  • Christina, I think Napalese would be Southern-Italian style food—think heavy on the red sauce and typical “Mediterranean” flavors, easy on the rabbit, butter, and boar you sometimes find in Tuscan cooking, etc.

  • haha look at me, i just did it too. oops.

  • Enjoy your retirement–the neighborhood won’t be the same without you!

  • This is addressed mainly to RCR, but everyone please chime in.

    Now that San Marco is gone, where do you go for decent Italian trat food around here?

    I’ve been doing time at Lia’s in Friendship Heights & find it passable & occasionally inspired.

    For those of you in the nabe, if you haven’t tried the tacos at the Mexicana Taco Truck on Columbia Road just west of 16th, you don’t what you’re missing.

    Finally, any tips on really great places to get pho will be greatly appreciated.


  • A little clarification: The restaurant that will be filling San Marco’s corner will be Nepalese, as in food from Nepal.

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