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The Ultimate Italian Experiences around D.C., Presented by Canali

By Kaitlynn Miller for Canali | February 26, 2018 | Lifestyle

From the best shopping to where you should grab a nightcap, we’ve rounded up the must-visit spots around D.C. for Italians.

Where to Shop: Canali Boutique

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Dress to impress at this clothing boutique conveniently located at CityCenterDC. Perfect for the Italian gentleman, Canali offers an extensive selection of blazers, dress pants, and of course their iconic suits to create an elegant yet contemporary look. CityCenterDC, 978 I St. NW, 202-545-6579

Where to Get Gelato: Dolcezza

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Serving daily-made gelato, there’s no better place for this sweet Italian treat than Dolcezza. Using local fruits, herbs, nuts, cheese, milk, and cream, this shop produces flavors such as dark chocolate, stracciatella, salted caramel, and roasted strawberry. And with multiple locations across the city, you’re never too far away from the perfect mid-day indulgence. Multiple Locations

Where to View Italian Art: National Gallery of Art

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Located on the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art is the perfect place to spend an afternoon viewing world-class Italian art from a variety of time periods. This location also hosts many guided tours through collections such as the Italian Renaissance as well as foreign language tours for those looking to explore the museum in their native tongue. 6th & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215

Where to Dine: Ristorante La Perla of Washington

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Developed by Chef Vittorio Testa, the menu at Ristorante La Perla is based on Italian recipes that he has developed over the past 50 years, including fresh pastas made in-house daily. For dinner, we suggest starting with the antipasto del president or mozzarella di bufala caprese before ordering entrées such as pappardelle del presidente, gamberi alla parmigiana, or vitello Marianna Scalfaro. Be sure to save room for the restaurant’s homemade pastries for an after dinner treat. 2600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW #101, 202-333-1767

Where to Get a Nightcap: Fiola

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For the perfect end to any evening, head to Fiola for an Italian-inspired nightcap at their contemporary bar featuring an extensive menu of both classic and modern cocktails. Try their Sicilian solstice, which features Noble Dame calvados, Marsala St. Elizabeth allspice dram, and Cocchi vermouth, or opt for the negroni bar, which includes Tanqueray N.10 gin and Cocchi vermouth served table side with a selection of three amaro. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-628-2888