Alta Strada Mosaic

4.2
838 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Whether nibbling on small plates at the bar or patio, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. Michael Schlow brings Italian to DC with a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.

Offers

  • Daily Happy Hour is Back! (4-6pm)

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy a DAILY happy hour from 4 - 6pm featuring $6 cocktails, beer, wine and favorite apps such as Mimi's meatballs, Caesar salad, $3 salumi & cheese and so much more!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 838 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was enjoyable.

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AdrienneG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Alta Strada. Excellent service, atmosphere, and food. We sat outside and enjoyed the view. Looking forward to returning.

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vipSheri
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jack greeted me at the door with a great big smile. Service and food was excellent.

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vipDilge
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for brunch and we had the best waiter always on top of every order. The service was fast, our coffee cups were always full. Thank you Sam for your service.

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ChristinaK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good, garlic bread and bolognese were the best, but very expensive for what it was.

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richardp
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

good experience, would recommend to others. outdoors very noisy early

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vipSoup
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the baked ziti, the shrimp scampi (which does not have pasta but has an amazing broth) and the garlic toast. Our only recommendation would be to make the garlic toast pieces a bit smaller and to bring a spoon for that amazing scampi broth!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Staff was unprofessional. Plenty of tables were available outside but wouldn’t sit us outside. Waiter was snarky and didn’t like yo be bothered. Not going back.

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BenS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a very pleasant experience for brunch on Sunday morning. Food and Service were excellent. Noise level was a bit high, but some of that was due to the Sunday Morning Farmer's Market held every Sunday. Ricotta Pancakes were wonderful, and the bacon (requested to be cooked crispy) was also excellent and plentiful.

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LucT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Alta Strada to celebrate our anniversary. The service was impeccable. Carlos was super attentive and accommodating, one of the best servers we’ve ever had. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked. The tiramisu is a must!

The only thing I would change is giving a little bit more time between the appetizers and entrees but obviously that is not always possible.

The experience was amazing and the ambiance was great. 10/10 would recommend.

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ChuckD
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos was very knowledgeable on the menu and most helpful. His recommendations were excellent. The next time we are in northern Virginia we will be sure to eat at Alta Strada Mosaic. We had a great experience.

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vipTheLawrence5
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely be back. Good was amazing and server/bar tender was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I didn’t like that all waitstaff working outside did not wear masks

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WilliamK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh pasta with incredible pizza and the Chicken Parmigiana was excellent. I have to mention the cocktails from their vast selections were tops.

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new2Vienna
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside right next to the play area. Beautiful evening and fun to hear the kids playing on the green area. I had spaghetti with clam sauce. Very good! could only eat half the portion. Others in group had bolognese, ravioli, spaghetti with AOP sauce. Everyone enjoyed. The garlic bread was excellent. would be nicce if bread was complimentary.

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Allegoria
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were the only table there at noon and nobody came over until we flagged down staff about 30 minutes after we sat. Food is mediocre at best... did not realize Italian pasta sauce is loaded with black pepper. Was suppose to get cheese with meatballs but that was forgotten.
Would not go back considering it was not even very reasonably priced. Not worth it.

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vipChristopherB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not very please with the eggplant parmesan. Burnt around the edges, dry on top and greasy underneath. Service was terrific and appetizers were good.

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LisaC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was not busy at all at 7:00 on a Thursday. We were seated promptly and the waiter arrived soon after. He suggested a nice reasonably priced wine. The menu is simple but all of the dishes were delicious.

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vippbackus
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The eggplant parmigiana was full of grease, we could have measured out a cup full of oil/fat. The pizza crusts were very hard. The chicken parmigiana was tasty but incredibly salty. The branzino was good but quite small for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time with zoey!

Thank you!

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Lt18
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! They always go the extra step to make you feel so welcome

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vipTomG
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Server had too many tables.

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vipPawmate
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Well leaving it up to you I was below average slow. Waiter took forever to bring additional requested condiments. Food was okay only average

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ChristinaM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a really nice spot for a Friday night dinner with family (and a Saturday brunch with my shopping buddy on an earlier occasion.) The food is simple yet rich, location is charming and service is outstanding. Even the simple cup of decaf was top notch. I will come back regularly.

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vipKV72
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Restaurant week courses 2 and 3 took very long to come out. Our waiter Evan said 6 mins more after a while on the entrees but they came out about 15 mins later.

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bridget
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow but the food was delicious!

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MadelineD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were drawn to try the Brunch because it was of their restaurant week menu, it looked very good and a great value for $22 for 3 courses. There was two of us and we basically split every dish. We started with the Loaded Potatoes and the Burrata (+$3), both dishes were yummy and a great size for an appetizer. For entrees, I got the Penna Alla Vodka, the best dish of the day, sauce was a bit thin but flavor was amazing and pasta was cooked perfectly, I would come back just for this! The other dish was the Carbonara, it was extremely disappointing, it was so loaded with black pepper you couldn't taste anything else. The chunks of leeks and onions were also off putting, there seemed to be more of those than pasta, for an additional $3, this was not good and we definitely wouldn't order it again. For dessert, the cannoli's were okay, didn't taste fresh, but the Tiramisu was life changing! Definitely get this! Overall okay, but definitely a little disappointing. Service was great though!

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JPHorva10
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. My wife and I both enjoyed a 3 course meal for $35 a piece. Our waiter was very helpful with his suggestions on what to order, and those suggestions were accurate.

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vipSophieD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love this restaurant. We did feel a bit rushed. It was restaurant week and they did warn on the site there would be a table limit but with half the tables empty we weren’t expecting to be pushed on quite as much as we were. I’ve never had that here before :/

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Dami
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great experience, would have loved more on the gelato scoops, they were really small in comparison to the other desert options

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and great food. Def. recommend if you’re look for good Italian food.

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vipSienaItaly
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week gave us an opportunity to try a number of the menu items, all were outstanding, incredibly fresh and tasty. The bar made excellent drinks...will definitely be back!

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JoshuaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. Both my wife and I enjoyed our cocktails as well. My wife had the red wine sangria and I had a Moscow mule. Delicious. The penne ala vodka had a bit too much red pepper flakes in the sauce, but it was still very good.

What was disappointing, however, was that we indicated in our reservation that 1) we wanted to sit outside and 2) that we were celebrating our anniversary. Upon arrival, the host immediately took us to an inside table and there were clearly available outdoor tables. We had to say something so we could be reseated outside.
No one said anything about our anniversary - not the host, not the waiter. Nothing was even offered to help us celebrate.

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vipLucmama
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktail (Moscow Blue), shrimp scampi delectable with plump tender shrimp and amazing garlic butter that was perfect for dipping the crusty bread (more of that would be nice); mimi’s meatballs and eggplant parm top notch. Enjoyed outdoor seating next to the plaza being enjoyed by many families, little girls dancing and so many cute dogs just enjoying a lovely evening.

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Anni15
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The staff and wait staff were outstanding and the cocktails were delicious, but the food was average. My grilled eggplant parm was not completely ripe. I could actually still see that some of the skin and inside was green. Definitely not what I expected. Seems like they only grilled it long enough to put the grill marks on it and when I think of parm, I also think of lots of gooey cheese. Not the case here. It was a pleasant experience, because the wait staff was great, but hubby and would probably never go back due to the food.

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vipRichard
Raleigh
83 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very mixed. Terrific buratta and gelato. Eggplant parm undercooked. Service pleasant. Sat outside. Chairs very uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was a very nice restaurant. Gino the waiter was excellent, very courteous and extremely accommodating. He was very attentive and made our experience that much special. I always appreciate a waiter who is capable of recommending something good from the menu.
The food was overall OK. The pasta was well cooked and full of flavor.
The salami board was delicious, we ordered two of them.
Overall the restaurant was a nice treat for an evening out.

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vipSatisfiedDiner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Accommodating outdoor seating. Menu has changed - new offerings but some favorite "oldies" gone. Aperol spritzes tastey and popular. Overall a very nice dining experience.

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Daniela
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was accommodating to seat us outside. Amanda our waitress was very attentive. The food was amazing and the overall environment was excellent.

Alta Strada Mosaic
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you Daniela!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Been coming here for years. My favorite place for Italian food. Will not be coming back. Extremely disappointed. Used to have free bread; no more. $7 for 4 pieces of garlic bread. Wife and I got the same meals we always get - penne vodka and pasta bolognaise. The former was super spicy and in no way resembled vodka sauce. The latter had different noodles (used to be tagliatelle, now rigatoni) and was super salty. At first I thought the lack of a crowd was just happenstance; now I wonder if word has gotten out.

Alta Strada Mosaic
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hello & thank you for your feedback. Like many restaurants we haven't recovered from the prior year & we are not offering complimentary bread service. You will be pleased to hear that as of last week we have transitioned back to the tagliatelle noodle paired with the Bolognese instead of the homemade rigatoni. If you are unhappy with your dish, whether it be too salty or spicy, our chefs would be happy to prepare another to your liking if you would simply mention it to your server or a manager.

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Alta Strada Mosaic is rated 4.2 stars by 838 OpenTable diners.

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