Heading north on Wisconsin Ave, the main portion of Georgetown retail and restaurants begins to draw down. Most don’t head this far north, unless of course the “Social” Safeway is their destination. Some may even take this route on their way to Bethesda or Chevy Chase. Midway between the Safeway and Clover Park is a hidden neighborhood gem, Cafe Romeo’s. Nestled on the lower level of a group of rowhouses, adjacent to a cemetery, the street sign beckoning to investigate.
There is a small grouping of outdoor seating, which may be full depending on the weather. Once through the set of double doors, a very dark and romantic dining room awaits. There is typically only one server working the dining room and cash register, but patrons are well attended.
The menu is quite extensive, covering the majority of Italian fare and touching a bit of Mediterrean, from pastas to pizza and calzones to pitas and stuffed rolls. Cheaply priced apps range from garlic bread to a roasted eggplant dip. Wings make a small appearance as well.
The salad lineup covers the standards, with a green and Caesar salad available in small and large. The pastas hover more around the stuffed variety (ravioli and manicotti), but favorites such as lasagna and spaghetti are available. There is a listing of pizza and calzones, as well as “Make your own”. With the amount of options and toppings available, it may take some time to make a selection. Pizzas are fresh, and the calzones are stuffed to the brim.
Rounding out the entrees are the Foccacia sandwiches, Lavash Rolls, and pita wraps. The Foccacia sandwiches are large and very filling. They are served hot and with a side of Mediterrean potatoes instead of fries. Lavash rolls are ingredients wrapped in a home made bread style thin tortilla, which is exclusive to Cafe Romeo’s. If still hungry, all of this can be finished off with one of the cake selections from the desserts.
Drinks are limited to bottled water and bottled sodas.
Cafe Romeo’s motto is “Healthy Gourmet”, though the menu seems to be more of a pizza and sandwich restaurant, the ingredients are what take it to that higher level. In order to maintain healthy, it is recommended that some of the meal be set aside for later, as the portions are quite large. Cafe Romeo’s also promotes carryout and delivery, which may be necessary due to their small and limited dining area. They also have extensive hours, staying open till 3am on weekdays and 4am on weekends.
Vegetarian Options: The majority of the menu has vegetarian options sprinkled in, and with the “Make your own” possibilities, Cafe Romeo’s is vegetarian friendly.
2132 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20007
To Go: http://www.caferomeotogo.com/