It’s quickly become my favorite lunch place, and is high on the list of places, period. I first heard about Bibiana at 12th & H NW from Metrocurean, thanks to her frequent postings of good deals around town. The usual deal at the bar during lunch is order one of five or six homemade pastas, a sorbet, and a drink (wine or italian soda) for $15. The couple of times I’ve been the portions were perfect and the pasta and sorbet were incredibly good. Each time I leave perfectly satisfied. I decided to spend the extra $5 and eat like a big boy in the dining room during their extended restaurant week.
Seated in the bright, airy dining room, I noticed one item missing from the menu that I had seen online (penne with confitted tuna) so making my choices were a little harder. I went with the polpette to start — a big veal meatball in a tomato sauce on white polenta. This was just plain awesome. The meatball was light in texture, the sauce was rich in flavor, and the polenta was soft and creamy.
Next up was the Agnolotti – sheep’s milk ricotta-filled agnolotti with spinach and lemon. Visually, this was a beautiful dish. The agnolotti looked like bright yellow half-ravioli sitting in a slightly lemony sweet sauce with leaves of perfectly sautéed spinach strewn about. The agnolotti were delicious and the pasta was so thin, that it lacked the usual “bite” (which I do love) of the other pastas I’ve had. This was a great, light pasta dish that I could certainly see trying to recreate at home. And, as usual, the portion was spot on.
For dessert, I went for the chocolate mousse which had some sort of crunchy tuille and whipped cream. Like the courses before it, this was the perfect combination of richness and lightness.
Yet again, I left Bibiana feeling perfectly satisfied.
And, given the title of this blog, it was all I could do to resist the urge to grab a lobster roll from the truck right around the corner.