During the reception we were served an array of appetizers from the kitchen including the salt cod fritters, the fontina stuffed saffron risotto balls, the veal and ricotta meatballs, and many of the brick oven flatbreads. The meatballs stood out because of the citrus flavors in the tomato sauce which was a surprisingly delicious twist. Otherwise, I found myself wanting more and feeling the urge to go back and order off the proper menu to give it a fair shot.
Photo courtesy of Olga Berman of www.mangotomato.com
In late December some friends and I found ourselves back in the Cleveland Park area in need of a place to grab dinner and drinks. We walked into Ardeo+Bardeo on a Tuesday night with 7 people and they very quickly accommodated our group and sat us at a nice booth towards the back of the restaurant. I could tell that this round at Ardeo+Bardeo was going to be a good experience. The wine list was plentiful and included a wide range of options of wines by the glass at very reasonable price points. We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer which were as good as I remembered, and I ordered the roasted amish chicken for my entree. I know chicken is normally a boring thing to order, but it was absolutely delicious, so well cooked, and the farro, apples, and turnips on the plate made it a warm winter dish that was comforting to eat on a cold December night. Others at the table enjoyed the spicy sopprosatta and mushroom and fontina flatbreads which seemed to impress (very few leftovers is always a good sign).
I enjoyed the dinner at Ardeo+Bardeo and think the menu has some classic yet modern American options that can appeal to almost anyone. I’m glad I went back to give it a second try, and I know the residents of Cleveland Park are glad that it is open again because it has been a great neighborhood spot for over a decade and will continue to be given the new improvements.
3311 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008