Award-winning chef Roberto Donna is one of the legendary names in Italian food in Washington, and his sensational up & down are the subject of much gossip. He runs the kitchen at Al Dente (ex La Forchetta), a modern trattoria with a wood-burning oven and open kitchen. It offers a family-style setting and traditional food, starting with a giadiniera (house made pickles), a grilled octopus or imported cheeses and charcuterie products. The menu features typical dishes, including lasagne, risottos, plenty of meat, fresh fish and classic soups, such as pasta e fagioli, andhomemade gnocchi and pasta. Then there’s a wood fired Neapolitan style pizza. The all Italian wine list is rich and honestly priced, with a nice selection available by the glass.