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The 25-seat bar area at Posto in Logan Circle was completely empty when I arrived at 6:30 p.m. last night. Happy hour had already been running for an hour and a half, and the bartender told me I was his first customer.
I was shocked. But apparently, the word isn’t out yet. The sister restaurant to Tosca launched its happy hour (5-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday) only a couple weeks ago. Already, the modern Italian spot is one of the more sophisticated happy hour options around (and one of the few where you can actually hear a conversation).
The best deals on the menu are the $6-7 pizzas: Margherita, Piccante with spicy salami and Italian sausage, and Ortolana with grilled zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and red onions. They’re slightly smaller than the $13-15 pizzas off the regular menu but a full meal for one person and a good-sized snack for two.
The other small plates are tasty but feel like less of a bargain. The $7 house-smoked pork belly (right) consists of one nicely-crisped square skewered with salsa verde and pickled red onion. The $6 house-made sausage smothered with tomato sauce on a bed of sautéed spinach is a little heartier.
My top pick is the $6 burrata (below) with heirloom tomato sauce, roasted garlic, asparagus, and micro-basil. Attention happy hour spots: more burrata and fewer mozzarella sticks, please. (Speaking of which, cheese and meat plates are also discounted on the happy hour menu.)
Wine specials range from $5-7, Italian beer is $4, and cocktails are $8. I’m partial to the Spritz, a popular northern Italian drink with Prosecco, Aperol, Ketel One Oranje, and OJ served with ice in a big wine glass.
Although Posto has a loyal following in the neighborhood, I’ve always felt it was one of the more underrated Italian spots in town. Maybe happy hour will change that.
Posto, 1515 14th St. NW, (202) 332-8613; postodc.com
Photos by Jessica Sidman