Restaurant Roundup: Tartufo Opens, Two Others Closer to the Finish Line

Italian restaurant Tartufo opened this week at 4910 Wisconsin Avenue.

Italian restaurant Tartufo opened this week at 4910 Wisconsin Avenue.

Last week Tenleytown, D.C. told you new Italian restaurant Tartufo was on its way, and this week we are pleased to let you know that it is now open! The restaurant, which replaces Casa Fiesta, had its soft opening on Tuesday and is open for dinner this week. We haven’t had a chance to stop by for a meal, but those who have are singing its praises. Tartufo is located at 4910 Wisconsin Avenue.

Still lots of work to be done, but Jimmy John's is making progress.

Still lots of work to be done, but Jimmy John’s is making progress.

Progress is finally visible at the long anticipated Jimmy John’s restaurant near the Tenley Metro station. For more than a year and a half, the sandwich shop has been “Coming Soon.” This summer Jimmy John’s ran into some issues when the District Department of Transportation issued a stop work order due to numerous public space violations, but everything seems to have been cleared up now. Gone are the paper signs covering the windows, and workers were on site today building out the interior and framing the exterior sign. Still no word, though, on an official opening date. Judging by the state of things, we may have a bit of a wait yet.

Wagshal's plans to open new outdoor patio in October.

Wagshal’s plans to open new outdoor patio in October.

Wagshal’s outdoor dining patio on Yuma Street behind the delicatessen is almost complete. The retractable glass enclosure has been installed, and final touches are being made. Wagshal’s anticipates opening its family restaurant in early to mid-October. The new sit-down dining area is part of a larger expansion of the deli, which recently doubled in size and added a pizza oven and grilled cheese station to its existing extensive deli menu.


  • I thought Wagshals was a grocery store. Also, o dc wizard, why is metro so screwed up? Is it just lack of funds or is it more? Not counting pope’s visit which I hope you survived.

    • Wagshal’s has several offerings – and locations – including deli, market, and even barbecue. The outdoor dining area is just the latest in the local business’ expansion after 90 years in the area. As for the Metro, we wish we had an answer – so many variables that so many others are far more qualified to write about and analyze. Nonetheless, we feel your pain.

  • We had dinner at Tarfufo last night and it was EXCELLENT. I was happy to see the place so crowded, although that slowed down the service a little bit. Only one problem: we were there with a friend who uses a walker and it was pretty hard for her to get in and out the door, also the restrooms are upstairs and I didn’t see an accessible restroom downstairs. Fortunately, she didn’t need to use it.

  • We had an excellent dinner at Tartufo last Sunday night. The menu offers really delicious and varied items. The service was
    just great and the wines well chosen. We will go back often.

  • Sorry to throw a wet towel on all the great reviews, but we have been there twice and have found the service very wanting. The food is actually rather good, though the portions small. But both times, the service was excruciatingly slow, and the promised parmesan for our meal never arrived. They really need to get their service more consistent before we go back.

  • Tartufo is our new favorite “date night” restaurant. Wm the service was welcoming and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious( salmon, spinach salad, and lemon cheesecake.)
    We already made reservations with friends for next week.