**UPDATE** 10/5/2012 – FINO ITALIANO HAS CLOSED.
There is no website, the reviews are as mixed as Congress’ opinion on the budget, but Fino Italiano located at 3011 M Street NW, proved to be a nice find in the busy Georgetown district.
As we attempted to peruse the menu just outside the front door, we were surprised by the hostess staring down at us like a hawk in its tree-top perch. Without opportunity to escape we took our chances and stepped inside. Upon entering the space, diners can expect to leave any intimate dining expectations at the curb as the space has very limited seating, a close proximity to other tables and a very narrow design.
Apart from the miniature setting, our server was very attentive and welcoming as he explained the evening specials and personal recommendations with a heavy accent. We decided to split the Caprese salad with ground basil pesto and a fried eggplant appetizer, leaving us much more pleased with the Caprese decision. Entree decisions consisted of a very large portion of chicken parmigiana with excellent garlic bread and what appeared to be homemade pasta. If they are still serving the lobster and portabella raviolli you will likely find the portabella versions much more satisfying and flavorful than the dish’s lobster counterpart.