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Casa Nonna Closes Its Doors

by Borderstan.com — May 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

The Italian joint on Connecticut Avenue always seemed to have a bit of a problem fitting in with the neighborhood, and after its last day (Wednesday) it’s still sort of hard to put a finger on “why?”

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After all, La Tomate has been making ends meet in the neighborhood for years, offering many similar dishes with a less modern spin. Perhaps that was the problem, Connecticut Avenue already had Italian family style, if you are willing to count Buca Di Beppo and a red sauce joint.

I was a fan of the gelato cart and chef Amy Brandwein’s creations, and the Eater article indicates the owners agreed with at least one of those assessments.

Is this the end of NYC concepts coming to DC? The immediate comparison has to be Carmine’s, another Yankee transplant featuring giant portions of red sauce favorites.

Any reports on how business is in Chinatown? On my last visit there, I recall an over-sized menu, over-sized portions and underwhelming meals. But perhaps that plays better with tourists than the fancy salad lunch crowd around Dupont?

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Comments (4)

  1. Wasn’t Casa Nonna a lot more expensive than La Tomate? I never went there because I remember looking at the menu and seeing that one of the cheapest entrees was a $28 plate of spaghetti marinara. Granted, I haven’t been to La Tomate in years.

  2. Deacon Maccubbin

    Yes, Casa Noona was a bit more expensive than La Tomate (another favorite of mine), but I think it was well worth the cost. I’ve rarely had better pasta dishes, and I was thrilled that they could make almost any pasta with whole grain (a dietary requirement for many, but in my case, a preference). Their Monday night half-priced wine selection was awesome, too. And we always got friendly service that was exceptional. I’ll miss them.

  3. just some chick

    Weren’t they just another chain for the tourist trade?

  4. If you’ve not been to La Tomate recently, don’t bother. Seems like the only reason that place stays open is because of the location.

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