Late on Friday afternoon after a long week at work – was Thanksgiving just last week? – G called: what do you want to do for dinner. Food. No fuss. Not too pricey. Somewhere close. So we decided to give Vento a try.
The space is pleasant and welcoming, dimly lit, with a cozy, intimate feel. There were a few clusters in the lounge and others sitting around a comfortable feeling bar. I ordered a glass of wine from a nice selection of wines by the glass, all reasonably priced. Pleasant, unassuming service.
The spinach salad with duck confit was excellent. The anise dressing was fragrant and tangy, a great complement to the salad and rich flavors of the duck. For the main course, I gravitated to the pastas right away. At Siroc (their sister restaurant), I’d ordered two half portions of pastas, and wished I could have tried them all! Here, I opted for the lemon tagliatelle with shrimp. The pasta was light and chewy, fragrant with citrus, sweet garlic and olive oil. We washed down dinner with a drinkable, reasonably priced nero d’avola and skipped dessert – although I was tempted by the tiramisu. Maybe next time …
We’ll be back – a great neighborhood find, a nice addition to Dupont Circle and perfect for a no-fuss Friday.