Everywhere I go, I like to take a food tour. If you’ve been following me for a while, you definitely know this! I’ve sampled food in New York, San Francisco, and everywhere else. Tasting food is a great way to get to know a place and a culture. So of course I had to take a food tour while I was in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States of America.
Mangia DC tours is named after the word Mangia, which means “to eat and enjoy” in Italian. The Italian food tour was delicious! We went to four different Italian restaurants ( all walking distance from DuPont Circle ) , which were all family-owned and authentic.
Darlington House was built as a residential home in the 1890s for JJ Darlington. Later, it became a club for blues and jazz. In fact, Bruce Springsteen used to sing there. Now, of course, it’s a yummy restaurant. When my tour group went, we tried the mushroom risotto. We were told to eat in a circular fashion, outside to inside, so that our food would stay hot. I didn’t know that eating was a strategic sport. To be honest, though, it does make the food better!
Urbana is in the basement of the Palomar Boutique Hotel. On the rooftop, the restaurant has a garden where they grow their own organic veggies! It’s pretty cool to know that we were eating so close to the very source of the food. Not only is Urbana pretty organic, but they are environmentally friendly and recycle. When we went, we ate the margarita pizza. I always like pizza, but this one takes the cake… I mean, the pie.
is the longest continuously owned Italian restaurant in Washington, DC. That goes to show how good it is. Anything that can last that long has to be spectacular—and it is. They actually make their very own pasta fresh from scratch every day! Their lasagna is famous in the DC area. We got to try it. WOW. It was amazing.
Pasha means “high-ranking official worthy of respect.” So I guess the point is that you feel like royalty when you go to Pasha. Well, you’re certainly eating food fit for kings or at least senators and maybe even presidents! The menu at Pasha is incredibly long, but we just tried one thing: the handmade cannoli. Yum!
There you have it: if you’re hungry in Washington, DC, just hop aboard a Mangia DC food tour. There’s a lot of good stuff to try; after all, all those government officials in DC need to be kept fed and happy while running the United States. You can benefit from the deliciousness, too! Mangia DC Food Tours is the way to go if you want to taste the Italian side of the city.