Best New Jersey-Style Italian Restaurant
Dupont Italian Kitchen
1637 17th St. NW; (202) 328-3222
You won’t find an 18-year-old, bandana-wearing guy named Tony sweating and swearing in the back at Dupont Italian Kitchen, but you will find some New Jersey-style strip mall classics. Why pay $19 for rigatoni at one of the trendy downtown pasta emporiums when you can find the cream of your dreams for 11 bucks at Dupont? Flat, long noodles float in a rich and abundantly saucy Alfredo. Jersey staples such as chicken Parm, spaghetti and meatballs, and veal Marsala also appear on this American-Italian menu. Twirling a fork never felt so fun—and cheap—amid the gayborhood scene of 17th Street.