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(202) 467-0777

1736 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

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Paper Moon
Italian, Casual/Family, Banquet/Party Room, Bar
5  out of 5 stars
5|Very fun place with a great people
LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
5  out of 5 stars
5|We look forward to returning to this quiet gem! Selected for its proximity to the National Zoo, we...

Italian Food & Culture History

Restaurant Description

At Spezie, which means " spices" in Italian, Chefs/ partners Enzo Livia and Cesare Lanfranconi collaborate to present seasonal menus featuring modern interpretations of rustic Italian cuisine. Capturing the essence of Italian cooking, which is the perfect blend of seasonings our chefs use to prepare creative takes on regional dishes using house made pastas, fresh locally-source produce and high quality ingredients only found in Italy; Spezie offers an unusual blend of the old and new in its menu and its ambience. Visually alluring maps of the ancient spice routes are artfully displayed throughout the restaurant that combines a sophisticated and elegant decor with a comfortable, spacious and welcoming setting. Furnished in earth tones, the softly lit wall sconces decorated with pressed herbs and spices add the perfect touch.

Cesare LanfranconiExecutive Chef/Partner, SpezieGrowing up in Lecco, Italy, a small town located in the magnificent Lake Como region, Cesare Lanfranconi developed a great appreciation for farming. "Every household raised their own chickens, and grew vegetables on small plots of land. We would make our meals with what we got from neighboring farms," said Cesare, who is now executive chef/partner at Spezie Ristorante.

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4  out of 5 stars
American, Italian, Casual/Family, Banquet/Party Room
Italian, Pizzeria

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Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
Got food poisoning on Feb 17 2007. Owner is a rude uneducated person...Wants no accountability.
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
Very fun place with a great people
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
We look forward to returning to this quiet gem! Selected for its proximity to the National Zoo, we would return simply to enjoy the food and atmosphere. All this at a reasonable price -- a rare combination in D.C.
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
i brought a date on wed. for dinner. we had our dinner on the patio, the food and service were great. i would for sure go back.
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar
This place is the BEST! I come here for happy hour with colleagues during the week bc they have complimentary hors d'oeuvres and great drink specials (plus beautiful outdoor seating when the weather permits)...AND now I just found out they do live Op ...

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