For an office dinner, we headed to Pesce in Dupont Circle. http://www.pescedc.com/home.html It used to be located further down P Street a few storefronts. Now it is in the space vacated by Montsouris and Johnny's Half Shell. With a name like Pesce you expect and the restaurant delivers some lovely dishes based on things from the sea.
The restaurant eschews printed menus in favor of a blackboard listing appetizers in white and entrees in red.
Tuna, salmon and flounder with frisee and lemon oil. Very light and lovely.
Steamed PEI Mussels in white wine sauce ($9)
While the bread basket's baguette slices were a bit hard, they was perfect for dipping in this broth.
Crabcake with greens ($14)
Baked crabcake with a nice composition of beet greens and onions. The weakest of the 3 appetizers.
Salmon with haricot vert and mashed potatoes ($22)
Grilled to medium rare.
Penne with tuna, chorizo, black olive and tomato sauce ($20)
The chorizo gave this a nice spicy kick.
Spaghetti with shrimp, broccoli, tomato, corn and a white wine sauce. ($20)
It's a casual neighborhood restaurant with some lovely seafood dishes. It can get loud, but works well as a date place, office dinner, or a nice meal out with the ladies.