Elizabeth Daniels 3/12
At 5PM today Paolo Cesaro opens doors to Casa Ado, a modest interpretation of his more upscale Venice Italian eatery, Ado. Cesaro is quick to note that it took him just 25 days to smooth out the previous 25 Washington into the above pictured space. While less gaudy than before, elements from 12 Washington do remain. Note the same door, same bar setup, pretty much all bones from 12 Washington days are present, though Cesaro has cleaned up the restaurant with fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, and more modern (however still basic) furniture. One major difference at Casa Ado, as compared to Ado, is the addition of a full 47 liquor license. Cesaro is excited to serve six seasonal cocktails made from organic farmers market ingredients, in addition to three red wines, three white wines, and about 15 wines by bottles. All Italian. But that's just for this opening week. He's still in the process of setting up a wine cellar, so once that is arranged the wine list will expand.
Chef and partner Antonio Mure is serving an eclectic Italian menu more affordable than Ado. This is not a small plates spot, rather an appetizer plus entree situation in which apps run around $9-$15, pastas $9-$13, and entrees $16-$27. Still not cheap but slightly more wallet-friendly.
For now hours of operation run 5 to 11PM during the week and noon to 11PM on Saturday and Sunday. Come June, Cesaro will expand with lunch service, thus the restaurant will open at 11AM and close at midnight daily.
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