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Nommin’ Out: Dino’s Grotto

15 Jun

Happy Sunday! Planning an outing this week? A date or a ladies happy hour perhaps? Look no further than Dino’s Grotto, one of Shaw/U Street’s latest awesome additions on 9th street.  Previously located in Cleveland Park, Dino’s revamped restaurant features two levels, a robust and ever-changing Italian menu, and saucy wine descriptions.  My roommate read about Dino’s new location in this Thrillist article, so a group of us chicas checked it out last week for dinner and drinks.  And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.  Also, the happy hour is pretty terrific for all you winos out there.  Each glass is a healthy 8 ounce pour and $3 off during happy hour, which goes until 7pm.  I spent $12 on 3 enormous glasses of wine, which is borderline unheard of in the District.

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Below are some favorites from their rapidly-changing menu.  Thank goodness my friends are patient, and let me try and snap a perfect pic whilst staring longingly at their untouched food 🙂

The Burrata (Air freighted from Italy olive & red pepper purees – oven roasted tomato)

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Calamari Salad


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Duck Fat Potatoes (incredible)

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Meatballs (Truck patch pork, dartagnan veal, ricotta, bread, egg, spicy tomato sauce)

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms

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Mozzarella in Carrozza  (Fried italian mozzarella di bufala sandwich, egg, spicy sorrento tomato sauce)

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Now go figure out a time this week to check it out!


14 Aug


I hope you’re salivating, because this is some seriously awesome stuff. Welcome to my version of Italian cuisine! I have been lucky enough to visit Italy on two separate occasions, and am well aware that I cannot do the food justice.  However, after getting a little imaginative during my standard Target grocery shopping spree, I decided to try a concoction reminiscent of lunch on a terrazza outside of the Duomo.  Pictured above is an open-faced sandwich of five ingredients: Garlic Naan bread (used 1/2 for the recipe, comes in a pack of two full size pitas), Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mozzarella, 1 Tomato and Prosciutto.  The prosciutto is the most expensive item on the list, roughly $5.50 per pack, but totally worth it.

I slathered the Naan bread with hummus and layered on sliced mozzarella, and placed in a toaster oven until the cheese melted.  I added an entire sliced tomato and several pieces (okay most of the pack) of prosciutto, topped it off with some garlic powder and more hummus– wallah! Takes 5 minutes. Coupled with a glass of red wine, and you have una cena molto buona! DO IT.


So close to wine


By Amy Purfield-Clark


Discovering new Foodventures with each bite

Madison Sheffer

a creative communicator

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