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Etto: A salami bar with a vegetarian draw

Don't let the pictures of salami on the wall scare you away: Etto is a great new date spot for vegetarians. The newest addition to 14th Street NW boasts a devotion to charcuterie, but if you look past the cured meats, you'll find inventive vegetarian small plates that aren't overtaken by dairy.

While this Alla Romana pizza isn't one of the vegetarian options at Etto -- it has anchovies -- there are inventive options for meatless meals here. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

Etto's Saturday menu sported nine vegetarian options, four of which were daily specials. Some of the veg-friendly choices include cauliflower with pine nuts and saffron, porcini salad with Parmesan and chive blossoms, and roasted baby leeks with Marcona almonds and golden raisins. While most of the pizzas are topped with either anchovy or salami, they sport enough other ingredients, like rapini and capers, that they wouldn't suffer if you asked your server to hold the ham.

Best of all, Etto adds a different feel to Logan Circle, where rapid growth has brought restaurants that grow bigger and noisier by the week. Corner windows keep the space bright, and the restaurant is intimate, with only 42 seats. Here's hoping you'll be able to snag one of them.

Etto, 1541 14th St. NW. 202-232-0920.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.



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