When you head towards Nido you’re going to be like “ummm where the hell are we going?” It’s on the outskirts of D.C., kind of Brookland, almost in Maryland, in one of the neighborhoods that no one knows about but soon will be bustling with people and shops and all the new hipster venues. Before that happens, have dinner at Nido. It is seriously fabulous and still a little bit unknown and quiet and you can actually get a reservation on a Friday night.
The cuisine of this neighborhood bistro is Mediterranean, with a specific focus on Spanish and Sicilian ingredients and dishes. Everything is shareble but still reasonably priced. I went with my dinner club (me and my husband and a friend who loves to eat as much as we do) and we went to town. There were spicy sweet potato croquettes that were kind of unreal they were so good, served with a smoky tomato sauce, housemade ricotta that is fluffy and creamy and topped with just the simplest of ingredients like sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil, and sicilian chickpea puree that is for garlic lovers only, which luckily I am.
After that, try trumpet mushrooms that are chewy and perfectly seasoned, baked gigante beans, patatas bravas, and housemade cavatelli that is tossed with squash, broccoli, grana padana cheese, and pinenuts, in a kind of silky and well-seasoned broth.
Dessert is as Mediterranean influenced as the rest of the food: pistachio pot de crème and silky sweet gelato in flavors like almond, mint chocolate chip, and honey and fig.