Out of the flare of the 14th Street restaurants but just a few blocks from Logan Circle on 11th Street NW, Tortino Restaurant is a little Italian secret.
Located on the lower level of 1228 on 11th Street, you could walk by and even miss it if you are not looking for the Tortino sign. We spoke to owner and Chef Noé Canales, whose Italian-inspired cuisine comes after working at Tosca, Al Tiramisu and Cafe Milano, among others.
Chef Noé opened Tortino in November 2012 with the idea of a good flavorful meal. He had in mind the beauty and taste of grandma’s cooking.
Chef Noe’s big secret: “Salt and pepper in the right amount.”
Tortino has a nice setting inside, with low ceilings that make the place feel cozy.
The restaurant seats 60 with a small bar where you can enjoy the Tortino Martini (Godiva Coffee flavored). Hopefully the restaurant will have the small patio open this spring.
You can see Tortino’s menu here, but make sure to ask for the specials.