Remember when Pesce was really good? The Tabard Inn? It was David Craig’s magic touch. Now he has opened his own place in Bethesda — and I must say it can be a bit uneven, but it is wonderful when it hits the mark.
It would be difficult for me to name a restaurant that makes better soup. Mushroom soup with some little chanterelles and croutons — so soothing, comforting and delicious. His Butternut Squash soup is the most unique and wonderful butternut squash soup I have ever had. The soup was very rich, but not heavy. Infused with some creme fraiche and some small pieces of apple and walnuts. Stunning.
Homemade and hand cut pastas can be a bit uneven — though the noodles are always delicious and perfectly cooked. I really enjoyed the asparagus, wild mushrooms, cream and parmigiano reggiano — very rich and satisfying. The Carbonara style noodles with pecorino, cream and either pancetta or bacon — was extremely salty. Gulf shrimp with garlic, chili, white wine, and parsley, suffered from too much Tomato paste.
David Craig is known for seafood — and the seared tuna from my last trip was delicious — as was the chocolate bread pudding dessert with caramel sauce.
4924 Saint Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814