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Inspired by Northern Italy, Tosca offers modernized Northern Italian cuisine in a serenely beautiful setting.

Accented with natural wood and featuring dramatic glass wine displays, Tosca’s sleek environment consists of neutral monochromatic tones, interplaying with luxurious, rich fabric; and highlights an attention to detail that segues into a perfect dining experience.

Tosca sources only the freshest ingredients:  local produce, fresh house made pastas and farm-raised local proteins.   An imaginative talent, Chef Massimo Fabbri produces refined yet soulful dishes rooted in Italian tradition. Tosca’s seasonal menu consists of a variety of signature dishes, modern interpretations and creative desserts.

Tosca’s award winning wine list features American and Italian wines that complement the cuisine.


What more can we add…

“potato gnocchi, sauced with goat cheese, are light as clouds and staged as if by Jackson Pollock, with splashes of beet juice on the canvas.”

Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post (April 2015)

“Chef brings inspiration from his homeland to Tosca including ravioli stuffed with the braised short ribs his grandmother taught him to make. You won’t find “red sauce Italian” on the menu because Northern Italian cooking focuses more on the finer things in life -- butter and cheese.”

Laura Hayes, Thrillist DC (July 2015)

“Tosca might be the most moving-and shaking restaurant in town…”

– Washington Post Magazine (Spring Dining Guide)

“[Tosca] remains virtually unchallenged as the premier destination for Northern Italian refinement”

– Washingtonian Magazine (100 Best Restaurants)

“It wasn't named after the opera, but given all the soaring notes on the menu, Tosca could have been…  The room, whose design incorporates the colors of stone and champagne, is cool and elegant, and the servers in their formal jackets go about their duties with flair.

– Washington Post Magazine (Annual Dining Guide)

"Tosca is my ready response to many dining queries, where to go for a formal business lunch? A fancy dinner before a show? A special occasion? This northern Italian Restaurant comes to the rescue with a spare but stylish interior and equally inviting food." 

– Washington Post Magazine (Annual Dining Guide)


This “high-end”, recently refurbished Penn Quarter Italian “continues to power along” with “bigwig lobbyists, politicians” and the “expense-account crowd” dining on its “outstanding” pastas and “excellent” fish while “rubbing elbows” with the regulars at its “great” bar; “gracious, old-school” servers enhance the “refined” mood that’s perfect for “client entertaining” or a “fancy date night.”

Ranked #7 in the Top 25 Restaurants in Washington DC

- Zagat – Washington DC (March 2015)