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2737 Sherman Ave, NW

Thanks to all who messaged about Capa Tosta’s imminent opening:

“At Capa Tosta we bring together an eclectic array of flavors and ingredients, all tied together by their strong cultural heritage. When you walk through the doors at Capa Tosta it is a wonderful fusion of the classic and the modern, from the decor to the food. To the left, an elegant dining room, and to the right, the modern lounge. When it comes to the food, it means a fusion of the rich cultural history of the dish, and the fresh spin Capa Tosta provides each plate.” Read More


3418 11th Street, NW

Thanks to Anthony for sending the good word: “I hope to inform the Columbia Heights community that seeing clients entering the new restaurant on 11th St called Ossobuco has opened.”

Their website is still being worked on but presumably we’ll be able to see their menu here. Anyone take an early taste?

Update: Thanks to Matt for sending a PDF of the menu – Ossobuco Menu (PDF)

Ed. Note: This is the former Maple space (and Columbia Heights Coffee back in the day.)


1238 H Street, NE

From Granville Moore’s:

“Since we posted about our imminent closure, we have been overwhelmed by your support. You all have made it possible for us to stay open so THANK YOU!!!!!

We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but we feel blessed to be able to continue offering our Italian American Menu for take out and delivery at the moment and promise to keep you updated.”


3418 11th Street, NW

Thanks to readers for sending the update on the Italian restaurant coming to the old Maple space, and Columbia Heights Coffee before that, (I think to be called Osso Bucco):

“Rumored to be opening for daytime mid October”

Stay tuned for more info and an exact opening date.

Ed. Note: If you missed Maple’s Lamb Ragu and want to take a crack at it, here’s the recipe.


Update from Otello:

“Dear loyal friends & patrons:

After over 30 years in Dupont Circle, Otello restaurant has permanently closed its doors. As with many other restaurants, the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for us to stay in business. Some other restaurants were able to pivot to pick up and delivery services, but it was determined that this was not a viable option for our little restaurant.

We hope you keep Otello in your memories as a place for good food, good times and cheer. On behalf of the entire team at Otello, we thank you for your years of patronage and we will miss you all!
– Otello Restaurant”

Sadly their phone number has been disconnected as well so it appears to be another end of an era. The Washington Post reviewed them in 1985:

“The newest red-sauce and red-check Italian restaurant is Otello, just south of Dupont Circle. Read More


200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

L’Ardente, “Glam Italian. Early 2021.” Thanks to Dylan for letting us know.

Eat DC tweets: “[email protected], a 9,000 sq ft “glam Italian” restaurant from the @uncondiner team is opening early next year at @CapitolCrossing. A 16,500 sq ft food hall rumored to be from the Politan Group (St. Roch in NO & others) is planned for the rest of the retail space at 200 Mass Ave NW.” Read More


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