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RPM Italian, with “more than a dozen housemade pastas”, opens Today

by Prince Of Petworth June 29, 2016 at 9:55 am 11 Comments

601 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the update on RPM: “#‎RPMItalianDC‬ opens this WEDNESDAY 6/29!”

RPM Italian is from celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Their website says:

“At the center of RPM Italian’s menu lay more than a dozen housemade pastas prepared daily in signature dishes like Mama DePandi’s Bucatini Pomodoro and Squid Ink Spaghetti with Spicy King Crab and in seasonal favorites like Tagliolini with Vacche Rosse Parmigiano and White Truffles from Alba. A wide selection of cicchetti, fresh salads and antipasti, slow- roasted meats, prime steaks, fish and seafood round out the menu. For a sweet finish, opt for any of the elevated classic desserts or choose from the array of Italian amaro.”

You can see all their DC menus here.

  • ctk

    Slim’s >>> RPM

  • ombudsman

    what are the odds this place’s idea of “housemade” is the same as Fig & Olive’s?

  • MtP

    I have heard from friends in Chicago that the food is actually very good, but I can’t help but think that this is like the STK of Italian restaurants. The prices aren’t as bad as I expected though, but I think I would choose Alta Strada over this for Italian in Mt. Vernon Square area.

  • dupont

    I’ve been to the RPM Steak in Chicago and I will have to say, it was very good. The food was great as was the service. I will definitely try to check this place out soon.

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    I’m hostile to anything putrescing from the Reality TV Industrial Complex, but… I too have heard the Chicago version of this restaurant is actually good. I’ve heard it’s really good. I don’t know what to make of it. I still don’t know if I could go in there…

    • MtP

      This is exactly how I feel

  • Jumboslice

    I’ve been to both RPM steak and Italian in Chicago, and those are two of very few fancy restaurants where I feel I’m actually getting amazing food I couldn’t make myself. Can’t guarantee the same quality at this location, but I will be eating here soon.

    RPM may not go over well with diners who require drinks be served in mason jars and patrons seated at small uncomfortable tables made of reclaimed barn doors, but if you want to eat good food you should go to RPM.

  • M

    Can’t wait to try it. Have heard all amazing things out of Chicago. And gotta believe they’re going all out for their other “hometown” opening.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I saw the couple on the local morning news show and they seemed to be genuine foodies and enthusiastic about their pasta. I must say though – $55 for a veal chop? Seems wildly over priced to me.

  • RPM?

    Anyone know what “RPM” stands for? I’ve tried to google it with no luck

    • EG

      First initial of each of the 3 owner’s last names


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