City Paper is not for tourists
The Location: Trattoria Italiana, 2651 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 332-2207
The Price: $18.99
The Skinny: If you’re looking for a way to fill up the time (still more than a year) that we have left, try contemplating how appropriate Trattoria Italiana’s tagliolini alla G.W. Bush is to its namesake. Both the chicken and shrimp wrapped in the pasta are a little on the bland side and not particularly convincing. And the dish will set you back enough—nearly a Jackson—to have you hoping for a tax cut. On the other hand, the dish as a whole, unlike its namesake, actually leaves both a pretty decent aftertaste and semi-fond memories. The menu lists a penne-and-portobello offering that I haven’t tried yet, but based solely on the fact that it’s named for a different George, I’m willing to give it a shot.