Looking for a new lunch spot? Head over to 901 4th street NW to check out Osteria Morini’s new sister restaurant, Nicoletta Italian Kitchen. Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, it’s chef Michael White’s latest concept so if you’re in the mood for pizza or some fresh pasta, definitely make sure to stop by.
They have two kinds of starters available: snacks and apps. The latter’s obviously more substantial than the former, but their snacks are great if you’re looking for something to munch on while enjoying a drink or two. Definitely make sure to try their prosciutto & burrata ($14). They give you a nice dollop of fresh cheese that’s topped with marinated tomatoes along with ample charcuterie and pizza bread for dipping. Other popular dishes include their calabrese hot wings ($12) and their veggie fritto misto ($12).
They have several fresh pasta dishes available for lunch, but my personal favorite was their tagliatelle verde ($22). It’s made out of spinach, hence the verde, and it’s tossed in a traditional bolognese ragu. The noodles are cooked to al dente perfection and served with a healthy serving of sheep’s milk ricotta, which adds a beautiful creaminess to the dish. I also have my eye on their baked gnocchi so I’ll have to try that next!
One quick note before we discuss their pizza next! They have an express lunch special available, and it’s priced at $22. Start with an appetizer or snack of your choice…but go with the app. Then get an entree salad, sandwich or personal pizza for your main. If you want to end your meal on a sweet note, add a scoop of gelato for an extra $2.
Nicoletta’s known for their pizza. They’re generous with toppings, and they use a special 3-day dough so indulge when you go. I got their calabrese (thick cut pepperoni, fennel sausage, red onions, pomodoro, and mozz) and their funghi (beech mushrooms, parmigiano, spinach, porcini marsala, and mozz). They were both good, but I liked the calabrese a bit more!
I actually really want to go back and try their classica though. It’s their take on a margherita, and it’s topped with pomodoro sauce, whole milk mozz, aged parm and fresh basil. Because sometimes simple is best. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, get their mambo. It oozes DC trendy with breaded chicken, provolone, mozz, scallions and mambo sauce. FYI, all their pies are available in personal and full size, which is great if you want to sample different flavors. They freeze well though so don’t be afraid to have a ton of leftovers. Just stick ’em in your oven, and they’re good as new!
And last but not least, their dessert. They’re all priced at a flat $8, which is surprising because they’re so tasty and beautifully presented. I got two because I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and they were both phenomenal. Their cheesecake (pictured above) was especially stunning. It was topped with chocolate trail mix and drizzled with salted caramel, and the consistency was as creamy as can be. However, the tiramisu was scrumptious as well so it’s hard to pick favorites. I appreciated that neither of them were overwhelmingly sweet. You honestly can’t go wrong so get whatever you’re in the mood for.
So, what did you guys think of Nicoletta? What looked yummiest to you? Let me know by leaving a comment below. A always, stay tuned for fresh new content, but in the meantime browse our DC tab for more foodporn that will feed your feed. Until next time, friends!