Vento – Casual Italian Addition to Dupont Circle

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.

Lounge at Vento

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.

Spinach salad with duck confit

Lemon tagliatelle with shrimp

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