Italian in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Obelisk's small and narrow dining room feels almost like eating at someone’s kitchen table. The set-course Italian feasts are prepared with first-rate ingredients. You might sup on ricotta ravioli with green tomato sauce, or braised duck leg with pear sauce; the antipasti in particular is a revelation. The menu changes daily but doesn’t give you much selection (picky eaters should call ahead). Make reservations.