Thanks to the Toscana Café, diners may now savor the robust cooking of Tuscany on Capitol Hill. Situated at the corner of Second and F streets NE, the appealing newcomer debuted in early August and is quickly gaining a loyal clientele.
Daniele Catalini, who once wielded his whisk at the late Galileo, Toscana settled into the space vacated by Banducci, across the street from Ebenenzer’s Coffeehouse. Blue umbrellas mark the café’s outdoor patio, where picnic tables seat about three dozen. Above, the red-white-and-green Italian flag flaps in the breeze alongside Old Glory.
Open for dinner Monday through Saturday, for now, Toscana’s lunch is carryout only, which is fine with harried workers from the nearby Supreme Court, Senate office buildings and the SEC. Later on, Catalani might add sit-down lunch and weekend service.
“We are so happy to come to your neighborhood,” said Catalani, who lives in Adams Morgan with his wife Vicki and 3-month old daughter Anna Bella. “You have been most welcoming, and we are glad to be able to come here and provide a service.”