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Conosci, intimate 30-seat crudo bar, opens inside Alta Strada today

by Prince Of Petworth April 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm 10 Comments

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Alta Strada and Conosci located at 465 K Street, NW

Ed. Note: Anyone try Alta Strada yet?

From a press release:

“James Beard award winning chef Michael Schlow will open Conosci, [pronounced ka-no-shi], on Friday, April 15. Conosci, which translates loosely to ‘do you know?’ or ‘are you aware of’ in Italian, is an intimate 30-seat crudo bar, tucked away inside Schlow’s latest DC restaurant, Alta Strada City Vista. Guests enter through lush, blue velvet drapes to be transported to a completely different dining experience from Conosci’s Italian counterpart, which serves imaginative crudos, a daily soup, seasonal vegetable dishes, and other inspired creations.

Fresh seafood will be front and center, but exquisite vegetable and meat preparations also find a place on the menu. With a la carte options available, guests can also choose from two tasting menus of either $45 per person, or an experience of $135 per person, giving diners the ability to leave the menu entirely up to Schlow, his executive chef Michael Zentner and their team of cooks. Conosci’s menu will be updated daily, and items will vary based on seasonality and the chef’s whims; opening menu examples include hamachi with uni, caviar, and “miracle sauce” and tuna poke with chiles, furikake, cilantro and yuzu. The menu will also feature meat dishes like tataki of prime beef with asparagus, miso mustard and crispy chicken skin, along with vegetarian options in the “market vegetable” section like snap peas with radish, mint, walnuts and pecorino.

The cocktail program, overseen by Schlow Restaurant Group’s Christine Kim and Anthony Marlowe, features a vintage bar cart stocked with a carefully selected list of spirits, mixers and house-made juices, syrups and bitters. There will be no bar, and all cocktails will be mixed tableside from the cart according to the taste preferences of the guest. Cocktails will change seasonally and feature unique creations such as ‘You, Me, & Boshi’ made with sake, lemon, umeboshi plum, and plum bitters.

Designed by Edit Lab, Conosci is cozy yet elevated, and the space is lit by hundreds of candles reflecting off silvered walls. Beaded chandeliers drop down over a marble counter with a glossy aubergine face, which serves as a stage for the work of the chefs. Black and white and cobalt blue paintings from Schlow’s wife Adrienne, a mixed media artist, adorn the walls while the vintage bar cart lives in the middle of the room. Deeply tufted banquettes add a personal feel to the setting.

Open for dinner service only, Conosci’s operating hours are from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 629-4662.”

  • Q

    Random question: Why do people give their restaurants names they know that most people will mispronounce?

    • MsSunshine

      They can’t even pronounce it, unless maybe they are going for New Yawk Italian. It’s [ko-no-shi].

    • MarkQ

      I remember when people were saying that about Chipotle when they first hit town. Nothing a little popularity and marketing can’t fix.

    • Eleven

      I would love to know how to pronounce Doi Moi…

      • Tsar of Truxton

        I always say Dwah Mwah.

  • accendo

    I tried Alta Strada on Easter and the food and service were both great. I look forward to trying this too!

  • Matt

    I ate at Alta Strada Wednesday. it was excellent. I would recommend it.

  • Anon

    Wife and I have been eating there far too often. It’s very good with excellent service.

  • Ava16

    Good food! The naked ravioli was AMAZING. A bit pricey for dish sizes though, so I’ll categorize this as a “special occasion” spot.

    Service was great, but it did take us about 45+min to get our pastas. I’ll chalk it up to opening month jitters.

  • MVT

    The service and food at Alta is excellent. I am looking forward to trying the crudo bar


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