Yeah, we’re the cheesy, in-love couple that made reservations for Valentine’s day… two months in advance!
Actually… that is the standard for RPM in D.C. – the new (ish), hip, upscale Italian restaurant that has taken the district by storm. First established in Chicago by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, their upscale Italian concept made it’s way south to the already vibrant restaurant scene in the Nation’s Capital, and there are absolutely no signs of it slowing down.
What to Order
Cocktails: Being the cocktail lovers we are, we each tried a different cocktail at the bar. I chose the “Spritz and Giggles” (I don’t recommend it) and he chose the “Ten Cent Pistol” (we both HIGHLY recommend), prior to being seated at our table.
Wines: Once we were seated (in one of the best tables at the restaurant), I took a look through the wine list and was so deliriously happy to see Blackbird Vineyards, owned by the magnificent Michael Polenske, on the list of recommended wines. Naturally, we splurged for the Paramour 2013 – one of the smoothest reds I’ve ever had. It’s on the pricier side of the spectrum but well worth it (it’s also worth to check out their site and order in bulk).
Food: The biggest thing to note is that the food menu is designed to eat in courses. All of the plates are small enough for two people, to enjoy more than one (usually 2-3), without feeling full. We shared the prosciutto with peppers (this will “change your life” and is a must), the gluten-free pasta Pomodoro (big enough to share as a side dish), and the filet mignon (it’s cooked to perfection at medium and was absolutely amazing). For dessert:
The green apple gelato with kiwi and the black cherry Panna Cotta are both highly recommended and just big enough to share!
This place is on the top of our list to go back to and on a gluten-free scale of 1-10, comes in at a 10! We highly recommend you make reservations at least a month in advance for non-holidays. Enjoy!