Reviewed by: Toni Kervina

1430 H Street NW
at Fifth
Washington D.C., DC 20005

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Opening Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Price: $$

More About Potenza:

That trip to Italy got scratched due to budget cuts? If you can't get that thought of fresh fried arancini out of your mind, get the next best thing at Potenza.

Brought to you by the team at Stir Food Group (you know them from Zola), Potenza will be your go-to shop for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, day or night. In fact, it might just become your only stop for all things from the boot country, incorporating a trattoria, bakery, and wine shop in one. Want a taste? Signature dishes include: Tuscan bean soup with prosciutto, tomato oil and purple basil; spicy duck sausage pizza with candied fennel; and guinea hen with apples, chestnuts, figs and ciabatta croutons. Need some eye candy? Outside, admire views of the treasury building and the Washington monument (if nothing is blocking your sight.) Inside? Scope out all the lookers at the floating bar. The wine store has a selection of Italian and California wines, and even a few budget-friendly varietals if you're watching your pocketbook. Even better, many are avail by the half-bottle.
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