Early Thoughts on Vendetta

23 May

Vendetta (1212 H Street, NE) opened earlier this week in the space that used to be the Red Palace until it closed last New Years. The restaurant had been planned for several years by H Street titan Joe Englert, and many in the neighborhood were quite excited to see it open.  We stopped by the second night it was open to check it out.

Outside of Vendetta

Outside of Vendetta

We were very impressed with redesigned space–it was almost impossible to recognize that it used to be the Red Palace (check out a Frozen Tropics post here for more details on the space).  Vendetta is an Italian restaurant with a strong focus on pasta (check out their menu here).  To start, we tried Vendetta’s bread which was served with an unusual, but quite good, peach jam.  Their olive appetizer was fine but only as exciting as a plate of olives can be.

For entrees, diners are encouraged to try one of the different preparations of pasta featuring a variety of proteins ranging from pancetta to pork meatballs to squid as well as several vegetarian offerings.  Once you have selected a preparation, you pair it with one of their many different types of pasta (there are seven different types ranging from penne to gnocchi).  We sampled two of the different pastas.  We tried the squid ink with seared squid accompanied by penne pasta.  While the appearance of the dish might be off-putting to some because of the squid ink sauce, the dish’s taste made up for it.  Tender squid combined with a savory sauce made for quite an enjoyable evening.  We also sampled the meatball and turnip ragu which featured somewhat spicy meatballs in a garlic and pepper sauce.

Sign at VendettaVendetta’s service was still working out the opening night kinks but was extremely friendly and happy to explain the menu.  The restaurant has a fairly extensive wine selection and several beers as well as a complete cocktail menu (and also a happy hour).  For the second night of business the restaurant was fairly busy.  While it was only our first visit, we are already excited to check out Vendetta again soon.


2 Responses to “Early Thoughts on Vendetta”

  1. jknitsche78 June 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on jknitsche78's Blog and commented:
    Vendetta food sounds amazing!


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