Dining options in Rosslyn are experiencing a slow but steady improvement, thanks in part to Domaso Trattoria.

A few years ago my employer was excited to announce we were moving offices from our homey (read: small, dingy) headquarters in DuPont Circle to spacious, freshly designed digs in Rosslyn.  This is like convincing a Parisienne that switching from a 5th arrondissement studio to a McMansion in Fresno is a good thing.  You could practically see the tumbleweeds bouncing around the streets back then. The only places for lunch in our area was Quizno’s and the Orleans House. 

Flash forward to 2008. After doing hard time in foodie Siberia (others call it Tyson’s Corner),  I’m back in Rosslyn and pleased to say it’s progressing nicely. The fabled Tom Sarris Orleans House is closed and demolished while new options spring up regularly.

Domaso Trattoria, a new Kimpton property in the recently built Hotel Palomar, is one of the fresher neighbors. If you only go to Domaso for one reason, it should be their patio. Jutting out from the middle of a high rise building, the patio overlooks the Potomac and Georgetown and is able to accomodate about 50 people. With the exception of Quarterdeck, al fresco meals are tough to come by in Rosslyn if you want to be more than five feet from a busy street. If you need a second and third reason to visit, check out the happy hour and homemade breads. Domaso’s happy hour runs from 5 – 7:30 each night offering glasses of wine for $5 each. (more…)