Friday, November 15, 2019

Sfoglina

Sfoglina is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house from Chef Fabio Trabocchi, named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations. The menu features homemade pasta reflecting classics and regional specialties from throughout Italy, changing often and including daily specials.  With three locations in DC, we went to the Downtown location near Metro Center.


On this chilly Friday night, we wanted something warm and comforting - so wine and pasta seemed fitting.  We had been to the previous version called Casa Luca a couple years ago, but the overhauled spot has received so many accolades including being awarded Bib Gourmand for 2020, that we knew we had to return to check it out.  We ordered a bottle of 2016 Argiolas 'Costera', Cannonau from Sardinia.  The bold red wine had strong notes of black fruits, balsamic, and black pepper with a smooth finish and complemented our meal very well.


We started with a few appetizers to share.  The Prosciutto di Parma with Grilled Figs was incredibly fresh and plentiful.  The meat almost melted in my mouth.  The Grilled Spicy Wild Calamari had nice char from the grill, but some of the pieces were a bit chewy and the Romesco sauce had quite a kick.  Keith also enjoyed Nonna Palmina's Meatballs with polenta, tomato sugo finto, and parmigiano.


Next we shared two pasta dishes.  First the classic Cacio e Pepe tonight made with fresh bucatini.  The balance of pepper and cheese was perfect and the pasta was expertly al dente.


We also ordered the daily pasta which was Caprese Ravioli.  Stuffed with imported Buffalo mozzarella and topped with fresh sweet cherry tomatoes and fried basil, this dish was lovely.

Instead of dessert, I ordered a cocktail to close the night. Once Upon A Time in America is made with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and orange bitters. It was like a sweet martini with an orange twist or a prettier version of a negroni. All in all we had a great meal at Sfoglina.  The ambience is a bit crowded and loud, but the service was excellent and the food comes out fast.

Total Rating: 4.03
Food: 4.5, Price: 2.5, Service: 5, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

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