Alta Strada Mosaic

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$30 and under
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Italian
Whether nibbling on small plates at the bar or patio, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. Michael Schlow brings Italian to DC with a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.

Specials

1/2 Off Bottles of Wine

Enjoy 50% bottles of wine under $150. Bottles $150 and above are 25% off.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 18, 2020

Ends: February 19, 2119

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:30PM

Presidents' Day Brunch

We'll be open on 2/17 for Presidents' Day! Join us for a delicious Italian brunch from 11am–3pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 17, 2020

Ends: February 19, 2020

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-3:00PM

Complimentary Appetizer

Book your reservation Tuesday–Saturday from 8:30pm–10:00pm and receive a free appetizer—choose from a large salad, housemade ricotta or crunchy meatballs—with the purchase of an entree. Limit one per table. This special cannot be redeemed with happy hour or other coupons/specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 14, 2019

Ends: November 15, 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 8:30PM-10:00PM

Complimentary Appetizer

Book your reservation Tuesday–Thursday from 5–6pm and receive a free appetizer—choose from a large salad, housemade ricotta or crunchy meatballs—with the purchase of an entree. Limit one per table. This special cannot be redeemed with happy hour or other coupons/specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 8, 2019

Ends: October 9, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 5:00PM-6:00PM

Mosaic Mondays: $15 Pastas

Enjoy any pasta dish for $15 all day long!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 14, 2019

Ends: October 15, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:30PM

$10 Two Slices of Pizza and Salad Lunch Special!

Two Margherita or Bianca pizza slices with your choice of arugula, Caesar, or mixed greens salad only for $10 - everyday!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 30, 2019

Ends: May 1, 2118

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-3:00PM

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What 654 People Are Saying
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MM
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We chose Alta Strada based on its' reviews as a good Italian restaurant. The food was very good, especially the pasta dishes, but I found the menu to be a bit limited. Our waiter was very nice but a bit rushed. The plates did not come out all together and because someone different brought out the food, there was a mix up between the dishes but we sorted it out ourselves at the table. The waiter did a nice job explaining the different menu options and answering any questions that we had. Two of our parties members were celebrating birthdays that evening. I made note of it on the reservation and called ahead to see if the restaurant did anything special to celebrate. They told me they would bring out ice cream for the two guests, but nothing was offered or provided and I decided not to make an issue of it. I would not make a special trip to go back to Alta Strada, but if I were in the area I would probably go back again.

JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience2

We were seated promptly upon arrival. But we didnt have a waiter even look our way for about 10 minutes. It was extremely crowded and we were practical elbow to elbow with the tables next to us. The food was great but not worth being packed into the restaurant like a can of sardines.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We sat near the window which was also near the door. Every time someone came into the restaurant we got a very cold burst of wind. This location could really stand to have an added on entry way with another set of doors into the restaurant to prevent this. Unfortunate because the food was tasty otherwise.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The pizza was soggy and very greasy. Couldn’t pick a piece up without all the cheese and toppings falling off. Pasta was amazing.

DT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delicious food. Great spot not too loud or crowded. But if the place was full then I suspect this would be much less enjoyable. Pasta was too aldente for my tastes but all was very good.

s
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was average. It took a while to come out but tasted fine. I really disliked that the checks could not be split for my party. We were all high schooler and carry cash so having to split it ourselves was very bothersome and unnecessary.

RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very friendly reception by the staff. The restaurant was noisy. The tables are close to one another. The service was excellent and friendly. The pizza we ordered was the best pizza we have had in the D.C. Metro area. I ordered extra sauce for my pizza. I did not like the oil used on the salad. Enjoy with friends.

EI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tuesday half priced bottle nights are a great idea. It’s a nice place for a pre-movie date. The food is fantastic. Highly recommend.

MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

the food was really good but the service was less than stellar...in fact, it was less than "just ok". i am hoping it was just my server who was just inattentive-- it was NOT busy at all...in fact, he may have had only 2 customers...

taking over 10 min to come back after he poured my water to ask if i wanted anything else--is ridiculous for a restaurant that wasn't busy. i had more attention with the folks delivering my appetizers and food.

that made the evening very disappointing--and i won't go back.

7
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed all our dinners on Tue which is 1/2 price wine night. The chicken parm is excellent and is the largest portion I've ever seen. All the pastas are very good too. The ricotta cheesecake is yummy. Our server Sam was attentive, pleasant and professional. Great neighborhood place. Recommend.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The lamb was served with a fist size of bone and the rest was fat. None of the orders had salt or pepper or seasoning at all. Overall experience was mediocre and not worth the price paid.

OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Three of us went there for restaurant week. The selections were good and plentiful. The chicken parmigiana was a portion big enough to feed two (I took half home to have for dinner the next night). My wife enjoyed the salmon and our friend liked the osso buco.

c
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience and food was great. Only complaint was the music was to loud but it was a Saturday night.

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A group of friends went to Alta Strada for restaurant week. The food and drinks were delicious. We did have to wait a bit past our reservation to be seated, and we were placed in the "bar" area so our service was a little slow. Food was worth the wait though. I would recommend Alta Strada, especially on a night where they are having special deals!

LE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We waited over an hour for 2 plates of pasta. My pacherri pasta dish was over salted. Server was pleasant but the problem was the kitchen. Highly disappointed about this dining experience.

IN
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dine at Alta Strada often and more often than not, the mafalde pasta dominates our orders. It’s hard to pick something else when you’ve tasted the perfect, creamy, flavorful dish. The portion is generous and I always eat way more of my dish than I want to. Pair it with an arugula salad and a pizza for the table.

RC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for my birthday celebration with friends. We actually missed the reservation by 7mins. The Lead Hostess was very nice - she worked us in. The place was packed on. Friday night. The waiter was perfect.. very attentive. Actually the entire team working our section was great. Pitching in all the way around to be sure that all tables in the section were attended to. I would go later next time 6:30 is very busy there- it was also restaurant week. Overall it was a good experience...

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T
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and friendly server who allowed us to have our meeting

SG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a nice time. Service could have been better and food was somewhat disappointing.

The waiter that delivered the courses did not know who got what and had to ask.

No Parmesan cheese was offered and when I did ask for it, it came in a ramekin with no spoon. Being an Italian restaurant I thought that was odd. Plus no spoon?

The giant chicken Parmesan was not great. It was dry. Disappointing. The zucchini noodles are interesting but they were somewhat limp. I would get pasta next time.

The waitress brought our desserts, never offered us coffee which was really too bad as we would have some. Our loss, and hers.

I like the restaurant and the food on other occasions but I think there is a lack of training here with this waiter and maybe the restaurant week was a factor in all of this? Either way, it was not my best experience.

P
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Disappointed with the very, very, small tables for two people. Tables are very close together. I could easily have entered into a discussion with the people at tables next to me but could not talk with my wife across table because of the noise. I very rarely see a wine list which I do not know at least a few wines. This was one of those wine lists. Parking was difficult. The food was very good but think this is not my kind of restaurant. I would not recommend to a friend.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent, from the bread to the appetizers to the desserts. We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
176 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to Alta Strada in Mosaic for restaurant week - first time visitors! We had a grand time and the food was so delicious we are anxious to go back! The chicken parmesan lives up to reviewers' high comments - wonderful. Our server was very polite and pleasant and we totally enjoyed our lunch all around.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We have been here before and the service and food were much better those prior visits. This visit was during restaurant week and we brought friends who were first timers. The service was exceedingly slow, +15 - 20 minutes to see a server, who upon taking our wine order must have returned to Italy to pick up the bottle and come back to table. The pasta was very gummy and the sauce was particularly bland, the pizza was overcooked. Difficult to locate server to get check to leave. Neither we nor our friends are likely to return.

D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great ambiance. We were seated immediately. The food was so-so and the prices a little higher than I would have expected. My wife had the Pizza Margherita and it was overdone. I had the Lamb Osso Bucco; the lamb was good but the accompaniments (potatoes, carrots, onions) had a taste that didn't agree with me. I would still recommend Alta Strada. The service was good and there are many other things on the menu we didn't try.

VC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic server. His name was Lucas. We asked him some questions about the wine list and he was very helpful in his detailed answers. We went with a bottle he recommended and it was outstanding. He was very attentive but also knew when to stay away. This allowed my wife and I to have a good conversation while enjoying our meal.

Thank you Lucas for making our dinner memorable.

RT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks. The Osso bocco was fabulous!

KS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything top notch, but extremely uncomfortable seating.

KM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went for a date night with my one year old and we had a lovely evening. Our waiter took great care of us and the hostess did a great job taking care of the stroller for us. Good was delicious and came out fairly quickly. Will definitely be back.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with an out of town friend who had never tried Alta Strada, and we all agreed the food and service were excellent. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was perfect for catching up with a friend we haven't seen for a couple of years.

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was excellent and we enjoyed their New Year's brunch menu items.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sue was our waitress. Very helpful and attentive. We even asked to move to another table because every time they opened the door, it was freezing. They did it promptly.
Food is delicious, and the desserts were phenomenal.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food and wine selection is very good. I had a salmon entree that was cooked perfectly and was served with a delicious sauce with vegetables. The ambience is pretty poor, so it makes the overall dining experience very average. Some of the tables are so close together you have to squeeze your way into a chair ( and I barely weigh 110 pounds). The noise level is the same level as a crowded bar. So, I would skip this place and go elsewhere for a date night.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. We went with 2 other couples and the 6 of us couldn’t figure out why we had never been before. Shame on us. We will all be back.

SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The temperature in the restaurant was very warm though. Made me want to eat and get out instead of relax and enjoy the experience.

AM
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time for us at this restaurant. Food was really good. Service was great. Value was just right. Only thing was the space was quite warm. Unusually warm day in late December and the heat felt like it was blasting. Felt so much better when the hostess propped open the front door.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food! Love the atmosphere!

RT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Lucas our server was attentive, friendly and made our first experience fantastic! Food was great too!

F
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crunchy meatballs and truffle pasta are excellent. Other dishes are hit and miss. Chicken parmigiana with spaghetti squash was great

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