…do I have your attention yet? Yes, Pesce has the best lobster risotto in DC, but they also have a bunch of other fabulous seafood dishes that will blow your mothereffin’ mind. I went with my friend Rachel (aka @liketheteaeats) a while back, and honestly, neither of us really like seafood so this is a testament to how good their food is. We started the meal off with 3 killer starters: their grilled octopus ($18), their “Dutch” mussels ($12), and their beet salad ($12).
The Best Appetizers at Pesce
Chef Andrew rotates specials often because he works with fresh, seasonal ingredients (like any good chef should) but if grilled octopus is on the menu, it’s an absolute must. It’s as tender as can be – like I didn’t even know octopus could be that tender – and I loved the flavors he used. The accompanying chickpeas were marinated in a ginger-yogurt sauce, and they worked so well with the melt-in-your-mouth protein. If you’re a fan of ginger, you’ll love this preparation! I only wish the portion size was bigger, but I guess I can’t have everything in life. Ha!
The beet salad was presented beautifully, and it came with goat cheese, candied walnuts and micro greens. This was good but pretty standard – the cheese was a high point though due to its creaminess. This is a great entree option for a non-seafood lover so keep that in mind when going with friends and fam!
Next up, his “Dutch” mussels! These were honestly some of the best mussels I’ve ever had – I love crazy broths as much as the next, but this white wine, garlic + herbs mix was money. It’s so good that you’ll think about eating it as soup. Super fresh, super clean, super simple. Chef Andrew does an amazing job letting the seafood shine – he doesn’t overdo it, which is important to me. Pro tip: dip your bread in the broth and enjoy.
The Best Lobster Risotto Ever
And now onto their ridiculously delish lobster risotto – at $38, it doesn’t come cheap, but damn, this entree was straight fire. A butter poached lobster in cardinale sauce? Can I please have this every day of my life? Think of it as a magical mix of cheesy risotto + lobster bisque. It was SO good, but I do think the price is a little intense because you don’t get a whole lotta food – it’s definitely worth a try if you’re ballin’ though…or even if you’re not, ha.
Anywho, I hope you guys enjoyed reading all about Pesce. Let me know what looked nom to you, and make sure you check back Thursday for more foodporn. Until then, you can always browse the DC tab! Happy eating, Nomsters.