Alta Strada Mosaic

4.4
879 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.

Experiences

  • Restaurant Week Dinner

    $40.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022

    Winter Restaurant Week is back at Alta Strada with a special 3-course dinner menu by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow. Start with your choice of traditional antipasti like Mimi's Meatballs, Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta, and Truffle Salad. For your second course, choose from housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and Italian entrées, then finish off with sweet treats like Tiramisu, Cannoli, and Bomboloni by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our Restaurant Week menu is available for dine-in, pickup and delivery. Plus, this year, if you dine 3+ times with us for Restaurant Week, you will receive a $40 gift card. Join us at Alta Strada or mix and match at our other locations, NAMA Sushi Bar and TICO DC.
  • Restaurant Week Lunch

    $25.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022

    Restaurant Week is back at Alta Strada with special 3-course lunch, brunch and dinner menus by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow. Start with your choice of traditional antipasti like Truffle Salad, Maine Mussels, or a Salumi & Cheese Board. For your second course, choose from housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and traditional Italian entrées. Finish off with sweet treats like Tiramisu, Cannoli, and Bomboloni by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our Restaurant Week menus are available for dine-in, pickup and delivery. Plus, this year, if you dine 3+ times with us for Restaurant Week, you will receive a $40 gift card. Join us at Alta Strada or mix and match at our other locations, NAMA Sushi Bar and TICO DC.
  • Restaurant Week Brunch

    $25.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022

    Winter Restaurant Week is back at Alta Strada with special 3-course brunch, dinner and lunch menus by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow. Start with your choice of brunch antipasti like Avocado Toast and Loaded Potatoes. For your second course, choose from housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and brunch entrées like Frittata and Smoked Salmon Benedict. Finish off with sweet treats like Tiramisu, Cannoli and Bomboloni by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our Restaurant Week menus are available for dine-in, pickup and delivery. Plus, this year, if you dine 3+ times with us for Restaurant Week, you will receive a $40 gift card. Join us at Alta Strada or mix and match at our other locations, NAMA Sushi Bar and TICO DC.

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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 879 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
A
Alexis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire dining experience was amazing! Our waitress Zoey was so sweet and super helpful throughout the entire night. It was a beautiful environment, they had it nice and cozy inside despite the cold weather outside. We will certainly be coming back for our special occasions and date nights!

DR
vipDR172
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great and they were able to accommodate our dietary restrictions. A true gem!

LM
vipLisaMac
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Alta Strada was able to accommodate our request for outdoor seating on the front patio, including a heater placed right next to our table and table and chairs thoroughly wiped off from a recent rain. A simple, easy menu of favorite Italian dishes suited the whole group. Each course was terrific, simply prepared, and served piping hot. I deleted one star because our appetizer, salad and main course came out on top of each other and crowded the table - should have been paced differently. Service was warm, friendly, helpful and professional. Alta Strada has become a family favorite.

A
Abweb
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food came out quick and was very good! Happy hour online said 3-6, however it did not say only at the bar, so that was a little deceiving to us thinking we could get happy hour at the table also. Other than that, the place was great!

T
Thankful
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Baked ziti was very weak, bordering on terrible. It tasted like freshly boiled ziti pasta that was freshly placed in a deep dish and given a hint of tomato sauce and chopped meatballs then topped with mozzarella cheese and put under a heating element before serving. There was no flavor deriving from a marriage of onion and garlic and oregano and ricotta and parmesan, and those ingredients could not be discerned visually either.

Meatballs were weak and nearly tasteless.

The "famous" grilled garlic bread with spicy tomato was almost none of those things; good bread, no garlic, no spice flavor in the tomato sauce and not a famous flavor.

The shrimp scampi was fair. The broth had reasonable flavor. The bread that came with it was good.

The tiramisu was good.

The Negroni was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Our pastas were surprisingly very spicy to the point that you couldn’t taste anything other than the red pepper flakes. (We ordered the clam sauce and the vodka sauce, neither of which are traditionally spicy so it should have at least been noted on the menu.) However, the meatballs had very little flavor and tasted like the kid you can get in the frozen section of the grocery store.

EL
EmilyL
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta served by the loveliest staff! Thank you for a great evening out!

b
bigstack
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were very underwhelmed by the food. Calamari was chewy, Chicken Milanese bone dry. There are so many better Italian places in the same price range.

E
Ebkpac
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was not as good as it normally is. I was disappointed. I had pasta with bolognase sauce and there was hardly any sauce and the pasta was bland.

JE
1JE1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and service fast and friendly. I would have given 5 stars except one of the servers was not wearing a mask, which I found very odd considering everyone else was.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Large party - service wasn’t great but food was good

f
foodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our party of 7 was well attended to.

W
vipWildonva
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was very helpful and attentive. Kitchen was out of a few items. Biggest concern is that some kitchen staff weren't wearing masks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanks for taking such great care of my daughter and her friends on her birthday. We appreciate you treating them with respect and providing terrific service.

SD
vipSatisfiedDiner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Out of bronzino entree; unable to substitute for broccolini; seating next to a table of eight teenage girls and their banter; chair repeatedly bumped by passers-by because the aisle was too narrow.

I would recommend with some trepidation....

CR
CRob
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience with friends for lunch. Staff was attentive, friendly and the food was timely and tasty!

TK
TracyK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were good. Would go again.

t
teresas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and wait staff was very helpful.

ES
ESBinVA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My party of four was there for dinner on a Saturday evening. Overall, I was pleased with the food and service, but the noise level was pretty uncomfortable for me…we nearly had to shout for others at the table to hear us. By the way, all four of us are ages 45-55 with excellent hearing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Experience was OK. Chef used WAY too much garlic (we each had a pile of slices on the side of our plate) in the sauces and other components were under-seasoned.

s
spinderelli
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not much better than going to a chain Italian joint like Maggiano's really. The burrata was the best thing. The house wine was kinda cheap. Mostly it's over priced and very inauthentic but OK.

T
vipTombo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food continues to be great. And the service has been very good our last few visits. Highly recommend!

MB
MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. My favorite Italian restaurant. This is great place in the Mosaic District.

MC
MattC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent lunch menu, and service was very strong (Thanks Sergey!). The butternut squash soup was some of the best either myself or my client has had. Great place for a business lunch.

E
Elizabeth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The server did a great job but the reason why I only gave three stars was he was NOT wearing a mask. Also the 80’s club music was too loud. But the food was great.

j
vipjbsb
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Food good, service and waiter slow, too loud and over priced. Jb

C
Cookie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy hour wine-cheese-salumi is great. Other items that we saw seemed appealing. Shared a margarita pizza that was meh and the baked ziti that was fabulous. The tiramisu and coffee were terrific. We’ll return.

KK
KatherineK
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu was a surprise, not too many traditional pasta dishes. It has cheeseburger on it. But the food taste good and definitely a come back place

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Priced high for the quality of the food.

DO
DONALLT
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind Service, wonderful food, value Price, outstanding place

MC
MichelleC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night. The tagliatelle and chicken parm were both great. Very attentive service.

RW
vipRobW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, portions! Staff were all great and took the time to sanitize seating after use too.

AS
ASHFairfax
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Our waiter was amazing. He kept us informed that food would be a little delayed and offered free dessert due to that. We really appreciated him letting us know. Once food arrived, it was amazing...as usual. We will be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food was about the same as Olive Garden.

TN
TrinhN
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good. The service was good. There were good vibes inn the atmosphere.

R
vipRosie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice place to dine. Nice ambiance. Miss their tortellini however!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. However a little slow to get started.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gino took good care of us.

AW
AWilliams41
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had told them in our reservation that it was a special occasion and they offered some champagne for a toast and it was lovely. We felt really cared for and will definitely be back.

BW
BridieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our Alta Strada lunch. Our server was excellent and the food was fantastic! Mosaic is always fun to visit and the Alta Strada vibe is energetic and friendly.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alta Strada Mosaic using the Order Online button. Alta Strada Mosaic also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 280-0000.

Alta Strada Mosaic is rated 4.4 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

Tweets by Alta Strada Mosaic