5-Course Ode to Old School Italian Tasting Event
Opened in May of 2021, this unabashed paean to classic red-sauce Italian joints has been gathering accolades aplenty. The Washingtonian named it to its “25 Best New Restaurants of 2022” list, Thrillist gave it a place on its 2022 list of “34 Best Italian Restaurants in America,” and Eater has it on its 2023 list of “38 Essential Restaurants Around D.C.” Chef/Partner Matt Adler grew up in and around just such a restaurant, his dad’s Scoozi in upstate New York, and then attended the Culinary Institute of America. He went on to work with top chefs such as the legendary Alain Ducasse and Michael White and held top positions at Convivio, which was awarded a Michelin star and three stars from The New York Times, and Osteria Morini, which brought Matt to DC as its opening chef. At Caruso’s Grocery, he is serving up the apotheosis of traditional Italian fare, with dishes like chicken parm, spaghetti and meatballs, penne alla vodka, baked eggplant rollatini, shrimp scampi, and maybe a nice cannoli for dessert? Tom Sietsema in the Washington Post called Caruso’s Grocery the “old-school Italian restaurant of your dreams,” plus you’ve got Sinatra and Bobby Darin in the background. Molto bene!
About the Host:
Hailing from upstate New York, Chef Matt Adler previously cooked under James Beard Award-Winning chefs like Alain Ducasse and Michael White, in addition to holding top positions at Michelin-starred Convivio and DC's Osteria Morini. In 2019, he partnered with Neighborhood Restaurant Group on the development of The Roost and Caruso’s Grocery in 2019.
Course #1 will be served family-style. Courses #2, #3, #4, and #5 will be served individually plated.
Caruso’s Antipasto & Garlic Bread Quatro Fromaggi
roasted peppers, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, artichokes, chianti vinaigrette, semolina bread, 4 cheese dipping sauce
Roasted Garlic Caesar Salad
Penne Alla Vodka
tomato basil sauce, parmesan
Rigatoni with Spicy Neapolitan Ragu
espresso soaked lady fingers, florio marsala
Restaurant Covid 19 Policy
At this event, we will do our best to accommodate requests for separate tables, assuming the space allows for them. Course #1 will be served family-style. Courses #2, #3, #4, and #5 will be served individually plated. As per local guidelines, as well as the restaurant's own policy, attendees will not be required to present proof of vaccination for entry.
914 14th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
- Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
- No tickets are needed.
- What does the ticket price cover?
- The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
- Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
- Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
- What must I bring to the event?
- Please make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID.
- Does this restaurant allow BYOB?
- No. This restaurant is a non-BYO establishment. Outside alcohol will not be permitted at this event.
- Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
- Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $85 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member.
- What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
- Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
- What dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
- At this event, we will be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and food allergies except for nuts/seeds. Please make sure to Update Your Dietary Restrictions within your Account Info before or after you purchase tickets, or email us at [email protected] after you purchase tickets to let us know what your allergies/restrictions are.