Il Mulino Opens Tonight

The eighth outpost of Il Mulino New York opens tonight for dinner at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW. The crowd-pleasing, old-school Italian restaurant was born in Greenwich Village in 1981 and is gradually bringing its Abruzzese style cooking to locations across the country and beyond. Signature dishes on the extensive menu include spaghettini Bolognese, rack of lamb, veal chop and the fresh langoustines (pictured above).

I checked out the new location last week as a guest of the restaurant, and I predict a potential power spot in the making. From the Old World decor in the dining room (pictured above) to the steep prices (entrees range from about $27-$36) and formal service, Il Mulino is sure to attract D.C.'s power set. Also contributing to the power-spot recipe: the portions are huge, the people-watching is prime, and small touches like complimentary antipasto and grappa make guests feel pampered.

Il Mulino New York
1110 Vermont Ave. NW (map)

(Photos courtesy of Il Mulino.)