Osteria Morini

Northern Italian

  • 88
  • 2015 Best Italian
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Overview

This riverfront eatery from acclaimed chef Michael White serves up Northern Italian fare in a lively, rustic setting at the Yards. An homage to Italy’s Emilia-Romana region, the menu features housemade pastas, charcuterie and grilled meats as well as Italian-inspired libations.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“…[Chef Michael] White and executive chef Matt Adler offer plenty of robust yet refined comfort. Their focus is on Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, the land of eggy noodles and rich ragus. Accordingly, pastas are among the surest bets, whether a hearty crock of béchamel-draped lasagna made crunchy with bread crumbs or twirls of gramigna laden with tomato, cream, and crumbles of pork sausage. To start meals off, there’s an array of charcuterie, including a lovely duck-liver mousse glistening with wine gelée as well as a wonderful guanciale-and-poached-egg salad sweetened with caramelized onions and just enough vinegar. A wood-burning grill gives a tender and hefty pork chop the right amount of smokiness and was responsible for one night’s star entrée—a bountiful platter bearing lamb chops, skirt steak, pork-and-fennel sausage, and decadent slices of pancetta… Pastry chef Alex Levin is turning out all-around excellent sweets, in the form of a creamy, meringue-topped lemon tart, a pistachio cake with tangy crème fraîche sorbet, and an arrangement of milk-chocolate custard and bruléed bananas. They’re as simple as they are confident, and a fitting sendoff to one of the better Italian meals you’ll find right now—in a very crowded field.” – Washingtonian Magazine

“There’s a lot to like about a juicy cut of swordfish invigorated with broccoli rabe pesto, eaten in a window-wrapped room with a view... Order scallops capped with salsa verde and arranged on carrot-sweetened lentils, or rosy lamb and fried bell peppers sharpened with an aged balsamic vinegar, and you, too, are likely to wish you lived closer. Pastas are all rolled out in-house. An early favorite brings together broad lengths of stracci with sauteed porcini, cremini and oyster mushrooms, everything linked with rosemary oil.” – Washington Post

Ambience

Warm and lively, the large, loft-like space features amber-lit glass-wrapped columns, brick walls, and wood floors. An open kitchen (replete with wood burning grill) acts as the focal point of the dining room, while floor-to-ceiling windows afford lovely views of the Anacostia River.

Accolades

  • Number 49: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • Two stars from the Washington Post, 2014
  • Two and a half stars from the Washingtonian, 2014
  • The Top 10 Power Dining Spots in DC – Food Network
  • The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, 2014 – Eater DC
  • Best Waterside Dining in Washington DC – Zagat
  • Zagat rating of 25 out of 30

Menu for Osteria Morini

Brunch

Brunch Special

  • Two-Course choice of any appetizer + pasta, sandwich or entrée
    $29.00
  • Three-Course choice of any appetizer + pasta, sandwich or entrée + dessert
    $33.00
  • Bloody Maria or Mimosa with Brunch Special
    $5.00
  • Warm Pastries to Start chocolate danish + apricot cheese danish + prosciutto & pecorino brioche
    $10.00

Appetizers

  • Battilardo* prosciutto di parma, felino, and parmigiano "gelato" served with grilled bread
    $15.00
  • Tortellini in Brodo* parmigiano broth, mortadella filled pasta, nutmeg
    $11.00
  • Burrata* house-made mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, hazelnuts, saba
    $16.00
  • Cacio E Pepe baby romaine, fried capers, caesar
    $12.00
  • Insalata Verde escarole, radicchio, pecorino, truffle vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Vellutata chilled potato & leek soup, garlic scapes
    $11.00

Housemade Pastas

  • Rigatoni braised wild mushrooms, rosemary oil, parmigiano
    $20.00
  • Cappelletti truffled ricotta ravioli, melted butter, prosciutto
    $24.00
  • Gnocchi ricotta dumplings, pomodoro, basil
    $19.00
  • Tagliatelle ragu antica, parmigiano
    $20.00
  • Casarecce Nero squid ink pasta, scallops, calabrian chili
    $23.00
  • Conchigle house-cured pancetta, leeks, scallions, poached egg
    $21.00
  • Bucatini crab, sea urchin, basil, calabrian chile
    $24.00
  • Gramigna carbonara, pork sausage, pecorino
    $22.00

Entrées

  • White Label Burger dry-aged beef, emmantaler, fennel, mustard aioli
    $17.00
  • Porchetta spit roasted pork loin sandwich, emmentaler, shaved fennel
    $15.00
  • Melanzana crispy eggplant, pomodoro, smoked mozzarella
    $14.00
  • Fritatta young pecorino, arugula, zucchini, shallot
    $15.00
  • Brodetto adriatic-style seafood soup, scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels
    $22.00
  • Housemade Biscuit duck ragu, fried eggs, chicory salad
    $16.00
  • Ricotta Pancakes maple mascarpone, blueberry jam
    $16.00
  • Poached Eggs salmon gravlax, tigelle, red onion, fennel hollandaise
    $16.00

Sides

  • Grilled Rustic Bread housemade jam, mascarpone
  • Roasted Pork Belly
  • Crispy Potatoes, Pecorino
  • Two Eggs your choice

Dinner

Battilardo Di Affettati

  • Ciccioli* seared pork belly terrine, hazelnut honey
  • Terrina* duck and foie gras, pistachios, cherries ($4 supplement)
  • Prosciutto Di Parma 20 month
  • Speck smoked prosciutto
  • Sopressata spicy pork salame
  • Mortadella* housemade delicate pork roll
  • Lardo prosciutto bianco
  • Bresaola air dried beef
  • Felino king of salame
  • Fegatini chicken liver and foie gras mousse, passito gelée
  • Trota smoked trout, olives & sour cream
  • Parmigiano "Gelato" aged balsamico

Formaggi Italiani

  • Robiola di Bosina cow, goat, sheep's milk, soft
  • Taleggio cow's milk, semi-soft
  • Gorgonzola Dolce cow's milk, semi-soft
  • Parmigiano Reggiano 24 month cow's milk, firm
  • Bianco Sardo sheep's milk, firm

Antipasti

  • Crudo di Tonno Yellowfin tuna, baby artichokes, taggiasca olives
    $18.00
  • Zuppa chilled peach and tomato soup, olive oil, black pepper
    $11.00
  • Tortellini in Brodo* parmigiano broth, mortadella filled pasta, nutmeg
    $11.00
  • Insalata Verde escarole, radicchio, truffle vinaigrette, radish, pecorino
    $12.00
  • Cacio e Pepe romaine, fried capers, caesar
    $12.00
  • Polipo alla Piastra charred octopus, fregola, tonnato
    $15.00
  • Burrata* house-made mozzarella, melon, hazelnuts, calabrian chili vinaigrette
    $16.00
  • Polpettini* prosciutto & mortadella meatballs, pomodoro
    $13.00
  • Pancetta Di Maiale roasted pork belly, grilled peaches, fried egg
    $15.00

Pasta e Minestre Tipiche Romagnole

  • Agnolotti braised duck filled parcels, pancetta, radicchio, preserved cherry
    $24.00
  • Pansotti corn and parmigiano filled ravioli, cipollini onions, sage
    $23.00
  • Rotolo spinach pasta, braised rabbit, parmigiano fonduta, rosemary
    $22.00
  • Casarecce Nero squid ink pasta, scallops, calamari, calabrian chili, rapini
    $23.00
  • Cappelletti truffled ricotta ravioli, melted butter, prosciutto
    $24.00
  • Rigatoni braised wild mushrooms, rosemary oil, parmigiano
    $20.00
  • Bucatini sea urchin, crab, tomato, basil
    $25.00
  • Gramigna pork sausage, green onion, carbonara, pecorino
    $22.00
  • Tagliatelle ragù antica, soffrito, parmigiano
    $20.00

Pietanze

  • Brodetto adriatic-style seafood soup, swordfish, mussels, manilla clams, scallops, shrimp
    $29.00
  • Branzino wood grilled mediterranean sea bass, chickpeas, charred broccoli, taggiasca olives, bagna cauda
    $28.00
  • Anatra pan roasted duck breast, farro, radicchio, chanterelle, jersey peach
    $30.00
  • Polletto roasted half-chicken, baby zucchini, salsa rossa, basil
    $26.00
  • Stracotto Di Vitello tender, braised veal, celery root, breakfast radish, haricot verts
    $29.00

Carne Alla Griglia

  • Braciola* hampshire pork chop, eggplant caponata, pine nuts
    $31.00
  • Tagliata grilled hanger steak, focaccia, sungold tomatoes, cucumber
    $28.00
  • Costata 30 day aged bone-in ribeye, charred carrots, fresh horseradish
    $58.00

Contorni

  • Polenta local corn, chives
  • Patate Fritti crispy red bliss potatoes, parmigiano
  • Rucola arugula, lemon, parmigiano
  • Rapini grilled broccoli rabe, salsa rossa

Lunch

Lunch Special

  • Two-Course choice of any appetizer + pasta, sandwich or entrée
    $25.00
  • Three-Course choice of any appetizer + pasta, sandwich or entrée + dessert
    $29.00

Appetizers

  • Battilardo prosciutto di parma, sopressata, and parmigiano "gelato" served with grilled bread
    $15.00
  • Tortellini in Brodo* parmigiano broth, mortadella-filled pasta, nutmeg
    $11.00
  • Burrata* house-made mozzarella, melon, hazelnuts, calabrian chili vinaigrette
    $16.00
  • Cacio E Pepe baby romaine, fried capers, caesar
    $12.00
  • Insalata Verde escarole, radicchio, pecorino, truffle vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Polpettine* prosciutto and mortadella meatballs baked in tomato sauce
    $13.00

House-Made Pastas

  • Rigatoni braised wild mushrooms, rosemary oil, parmigiano
    $20.00
  • Cappelletti truffled ricotta ravioli, melted butter, prosciutto
    $24.00
  • Tagliatelle ragù antica, parmigiano
    $20.00
  • Casarecce Nero squid ink pasta, scallops, calabrian chili
    $23.00
  • Gramigna carbonara, pork sausage, pecorino
    $22.00
  • Gnocchi riccota dumplings, pomodoro, basil
    $18.00

Sandwiches

  • White Label Burger dry-aged beef, emmantaler, fennel, mustard aioli
    $17.00
  • Porchetta spit roasted pork loin, emmentaler, shaved fennel
    $15.00
  • Melanzana crispy eggplant, pomodoro, smoked mozzarella, basil
    $15.00

Entrées + Entrée Salads

  • Milanese Di Polletto pan-fried chicken breast, arugula, parmigiano
    $17.00
  • Fritatta young pecorino, arugula, zucchini, shallots
    $15.00
  • Insalata Di Capesante* seared scallops, orange, fennel, escarole, almonds
    $17.00
  • Insalata Di Bistecca pan roasted hanger steak, fingerling potatoes, frisee, salsa rossa
    $18.00
  • Panzanella tuscan kale, focaccia croutons, prosciutto, balsamico
    $15.00
  • Brodetto Adriatic-style seafood soup, swordfish, shrimp, clams, mussels
    $22.00

Dessert

Dolce

  • Riso* spiced rice pudding, butterscotch, almond crunch, earl grey gelato
    $12.00
  • Tiramisu Classico mascarpone mousse, mocha bavarian, lady finger, cappuccino chip gelato
    $12.00
  • Torta Di Formaggio* tahitian vanilla whipped ricotta cheesecake, peanut butter ganache chocolate-covered peanut, milk chocolate crunch & salted caramel gelato
    $12.00
  • Tartaletta* warm plum tartlet, almond cream, cantaloupe gelato
    $12.00
  • Tortino* warm guanaja dark chocolate cake, azelia hazelnut milk chocolate, vanilla gelato
    $12.00
  • Pesche sheep milk yogurt mousse, tarragon-scented peaches angel food cake, yogurt sorbet
    $12.00
  • Panini Di Gelato vanilla brownie, chocolate crunch chocolate chip, roasted corn shortbread
    $12.00
  • Affogato* salted caramel gelato, amaretto, freshly-brewed espresso, biscotti
    $12.00
  • Gelati I Sorbetti* choice of three: vanilla, strawberry, earl grey chocolate crunch, cappuccino chip salted caramel, roasted corn, cantaloupe, raspberry, white peach concord grape, apple cider sheep's milk yogurt
    $8.00

Dolce Del Giorno

  • Pistacchi E Fichi* pistachio panna cotta, red wine-marinated figs, pistachio financier lemon curd, concord grape sorbet
    $12.00

Dessert Wine

  • Vin Santo
  • Moscato D' Asti
  • 20 Year Port

301 Water Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Lively, Refined, Rustic
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Outdoor Dining, People Watching, View
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 484-0660
  • Private Dining Room: Yes