UrbanDaddy
dc
Sign-up-badge
UrbanDaddy is a free exclusive email magazine devoted to keeping you in the know.
Food

Washington DC Home > Food > Good Wood

Published April 02, 2012

Good Wood
Where Italian Small Plates Meet Montana Absinthe

Sometimes you need to go big. Big, loud dining rooms. Sitting at big tables with huge rib eyes and even huger magnums of cabernet.

But not always. Sometimes the situation calls for someplace tiny. Low-key. Discreet, even.

For those times, better add Maple to your mental database. A little nook of a neighborhood spot, it opens tomorrow night.

If you like the diminutive Room 11 down the street—or if you just like bars—you’ll love this place. The dark, modestly sized room is dominated by bars—specifically, a giant slab of tiger maple rescued from a swamp in Pennsylvania, and a smaller slab affixed as a rail along the back wall (which is made of chalkboard, so if you ever wanted to draw a caricature of your date, now’s the time).

Despite the Canadian connotations here, you’ll be pleased to know they’re leaning Italian with the menu—think small plates like salmon roe and mascarpone bruschetta, tagliatelle with lamb ragù and Nutella panini for dessert.

Of course, if you show up early enough to land one of the coveted tables in the open bay window, you can devote a whole spring evening to sampling their eight wines on tap, plenty more by the bottle, craft beer from Italy and specialty cocktails made with rare spirits like blue-corn whiskey from Texas and absinthe from Montana.

All the best wormwood comes from Billings.
ADVERTISEMENT Arrow2-down
  • March 02, 2015

    Back in Black

    Back in Black
    Pizza from a Former Fine-Dining Chef

  • February 25, 2015

    Sotto Voce

    Sotto Voce
    Ghibellina’s New Downstairs Smokery

  • February 20, 2015

    Look What You Found

    Look What You Found
    500 Things to Eat. And Counting.

  • February 18, 2015

    Social Cues

    Social Cues
    An Old Town Spot with Marrow and Whiskey

  • February 11, 2015

    Melt with You

    Melt with You
    Downtown’s New Grilled Cheese Shop

© 2015 UrbanDaddy.
All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Patrick G. Ryan

Loading...

close