If you’re hungry and on K between 9th and 10th Streets, check out Osteria’s array of pastas, salads and chicken entrees. They offer Italian cuisine, and serve breakfast panini, such as the Gladiator, with egg, spinach, mushrooms, garlic and fontina cheese. There’s also the Italian Sausage and Egg Scramble, which has spicy sausage and mozzarella, served with a side of ciabatta toast. Their lunch crowd especially likes the Chickenciaobella, which is fettuccine noodles and chicken, garnished with red peppers, pine nuts, alfredo sauce and gorgonzola cheese. There’s also the Pompei, with fettuccine in a ragu and alfredo sauce, with brisket, meatballs and parmesan cheese. For the vegetarians, there’s the Vegissimo, penne pasta with zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes and capers with alfredo sauce.
Osteria owners Stephanie and Neil Ellis met seven years ago when both were servers in The Old Spaghetti Factory on J Street. They wanted to open their own Italian restaurant, and they realized their dream when they opened Osteria 14 months ago. Neil and Stephanie wanted to put a good Italian eatery on K Street, but they also wanted to provide other services, such as takeout breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with orders that can be faxed or called in. Osteria does catering and also has an arrangement with Marilyn’s, the newly relocated tavern across the street. Osteria provides meals, appetizers and munchies to Marilyn’s clientele, including Rosemary Chicken and Italian Sausage mini-pizzas, and Italian Buffalo Wings. To feed the weekend customers, Osteria stays open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and is open from 6 p.m.-to 9 p.m. on Saturdays–one of the few restaurants open in that stretch of the Mall.
915 K Street
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Owners: Stephanie and Neil Ellis