212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC, 20003 • (202) 525-4375
Dined on April 21, 2014
Acqua Al 2 is a lovely looking place with rustic, Old World decor. The restaurant is located in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, D.C., right on 7th Street across from Eastern Market. The location makes the outdoor dining scene one of the best in D.C.--pretty, lots of foot traffic but very few vehicles.
The cocktails were delicious. Verdolino-Bubbly gin cooler with fresh cucumber juice and elderflower liquer. Tasty and refreshing. The non-alcohol cocktail Zenzero Rinfrescante was good because I like ginger beer but that flavor overpowered everything else--Refreshing fruit juices shaken with seasonal herbs and poured over ginger beer.
Go for the salads. They are big and full of flavor.
Main courses and sides. Fussilli Lunghi al Mascarpone e Funghi--... . I would order this again. Cannelloni Mascarpone e Funghi--The mushrooms are lost in this very saucy dish, which is disappointing if you want to taste mushrooms but the dish is still very tasty. Yes, I would order it again but not before I ordered the Fussilli Lunghi al Mascarpone e Funghi. The side of Red Skin Roasted Potatoes with rosemary and garlic was satisfactory. They could have been roasted more, half the order was cooked but not truly roasted.
Besides the confusion upon arrival (detailed here) at Acqua Al 2, everyone was pleasant. Our waitress was just okay. The server was very good--gracious, mannerly, observant (he should be a waiter); and, he had to act as our waiter a few times because the waitress was a little scarce. There was one other waitperson in the restaurant (in fact he seated me), I could see he was far better at his job than our waitperson.
Plus: All meats are organically raised, hormone and antibiotic free.
Best Bet: It would be a great place to people-watch, sit, converse and enjoy drinks in the beautiful bar or in the picturesque outdoor cafe.
Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Eat, drink, be merry and validate for parking (TM)