Garden Cafe – Italia – Inside the National Gallery of Art

Our few days of fun with Destination DC started with a little walk to see some of the sights.

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Some of the main attractions included the Washington Monument & the Capitol.

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But this trip is focused on food, right?

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So inside the National Gallery of Art we headed towards our first eating experience.

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We started off our eating adventure at the Garden Cafe inside the museum.

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I was immediately surprised by this eating experience – the museum fine dining was a real treat.

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The menu changes seasonally here based on what is being featured in the museum. A this time, there is a focus on Italian pieces in the Gallery so the menu was created to highlight an Italian culinary experience.  

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Pretty fancy and a great idea if you ask me!

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We opted for the featured buffet which at $19.75 per person is a great deal for the food you are treated too.    

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The buffet included a selection of Italian breads, a watermelon salad with Pecorino Romano cheese and white balsamic dressing,

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marinated castelvetrano olives, baked eggplant with tomato, Parmigiano & mozzarella,

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long hollow pasta with pancetta and parmigiano along with chicken with rosemary, garlic & tomato sauce

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along with gourmet Italian cured meats and cheese

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some orange marmalade, fig jam & honey for good measure

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and, finally Lattarolo – which is vanilla & honey custard to complete the meal.

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I had a little bit of everything and it was absolutely fantastic. I loved every bite!

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We were even treated to recipe cards for the dishes at the buffet – I can’t wait to recreate the baked eggplant at home!

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After indulging ourselves in an incredible Italian lunch we headed upstairs to experience the only Da Vinci piece in North or South America.

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Pretty cool to see in real life.

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This painting was double sided which was also neat to see!

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This is just the beginning of our culinary travels in DC! Stay tuned for more eating!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay September 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Hi Leslie – so nice to meet you yesterday in DC! Enjoy the rest of the trip! Can’t wait to read the recaps.

    Lindsay

  • Reply Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    It looks like you are having a great time! That buffet looks amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Allison September 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve lived in the area my whole life and visited the museum multiple times and eaten in the cafeteria style dining hall downstairs, but I’ve never eaten in the Garden Cafe- it looks so cute!

  • Reply Patty O September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Wow – I’m impressed with the fine dining in the Art Museum – had no idea!
    Your trip looks amazing so far!

  • Reply Aimee October 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Wow, it looks amazing!

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