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Where can you get a good meatball in this town?

by Eric Nuzum January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm 87 Comments

Spaghetti and Meatballs

It’s lunch time…so that got me thinking about food! Even your Lord of Petworth gets hungry from time to time.

Being home for the holidays reminded me of something that always annoys me about DC–the lack of a good, basic, delicious “red sauce” Italian joint in the District.

By “red sauce” I mean the kind of Italian restaurant we used to have in Ohio–big heaping mounds of overcooked pasta, a menu that contained no non-English words except “lasagna” and “cannoli,” and everything (even the cannoli) was drowned in thick, sweet, red sauce. Or, as some are known to call it, “red gravy.”

I want no fancy names, no regional specialties, just an honest to goodness basic awesome deliciousness.

I’ve tried at least two dozen places in DC and they are either too fancy, too gourmet, too lame, or just not right. Why is this so elusive?!?

What are your recommendations?


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