Another place I went during Restaurant Week was Il Mulino New York

  • Food: Recognizing it’s RW and their “free appetizers” aren’t around, they did offer a mixture of cooked eggplant, squash, and some other veggies.  It had no flavor and the fact it was already there when we sat down didn’t add to the appealing factor.  Then I ordered the Inslata Caprese which was really good because of the fresh mozzarella.  Then I ordered parpadelle pasta with sausage.  It was an enormous portion and the sauce (primarily canned tomatoes with a few fresh mixed in) was pretty good because it had a sausage flavor throughout.  I can’t seem to find anything on their Web site that would indicate that the pasta is homemade (which a friend insisted since it’s Il Mulino’s), but I think it was boxed (which is fine).  I make this point now because my friend ordered a salad (which she wasn’t too pleased with) and then mushroom ravioli which was in a heavy cream sauce.  I tried it and thought it was good, but I preferred the one I had at Locanda (with the homemade pasta and light sauce).  Then we both ordered their very good tiramisu which came with a pudding-style Bailey’s on the side and a Pirouline Hazelnut Chocolate.  I know my description is lame, but it’s all I can remember. 😦
  • Service: Our server was strange and that’s the best way I can describe it.  You could tell he clearly detested Restaurant Week by his snide comments (e.g. “You can have that if you pay me an extra dollar.” Umm, seriously?).  Then I also noticed that the servers and busboys were arguing over a table — folks, that’s not something you do in front of customers. 
  • Atmosphere:The front of the restaurant seems a bit generic, but if you can get seated in the back, it has a much more cozy and quaint feel. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall:I am intrigued to go back for all the freebies I seem to keep hearing about and their supposedly impeccable service, but my experience at Restaurant Week definitely makes me hesitate.  Plus, the food they prepared for RW — a time to put your “best foot forward” — didn’t really impress me.  


  • Reservations required.
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM-10:30 PM; Friday 11:30 AM-11:30 PM; Sat 5-11:30 PM
  • Address: 1110 Vermont Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20005  
  • Ph: 202-293-1001