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Burrata with North Indian flourishes at Punjab Grill.
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Where to Find Creamy Burrata Dishes in D.C.

The traditional Italian dish is the perfect canvas for spring produce

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Burrata with North Indian flourishes at Punjab Grill.
| Jennifer Hughes/Punjab Grill

At its core, Mediterranean cooking celebrates simplicity and quality. Maybe that’s why burrata is such a common sight at cafes and trattorias throughout D.C. The fresh cheese is a marriage of soft mozzarella and creamy stracciatella, all melded together in a delicate ball.

Burrata is often a blank canvas for chefs, who adorn it with fresh herbs, roasted vegetables and fragrant sauces. Sometimes the dish sings with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Grilled bread or crackers typically come with the free-form cheese to add texture and a plate-to-mouth vessel.

As spring menus roll out, expect chefs to incorporate seasonal produce into their burrata. Here are 12 spots to find it around D.C.

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1. I’m Eddie Cano

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5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 890-4995
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This Chevy Chase gathering spot splits its menu into “Americano” and “Italiano” sections. The latter features a burrata dish with confit cherry tomatoes, vin cotto (similar to a balsamic vinegar), and crostini.

2. 2 Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700
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Many diners at this beloved pizzeria arrive with a laser focus on its Neapolitan-style pies. For even more cheese, dig in to an exceptionally creamy portion of burrata di bufala served with hearty sliced bread.

3. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 686-2966
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Dino’s dresses handmade burrata with “really good” olive oil, roasted tomatoes, and a kalamata olive and red pepper puree.

4. The Pembroke

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-4302
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Burrata sits among the European-style appetizers at Pembroke, located inside the revamped Dupont Circle hotel. The kitchen here adds salty prosciutto di parma, confit tomato, and a hazelnut-arugula pesto.

5. San Lorenzo

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1316 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-8954
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Shaw’s Tuscan kitchen plates up a burrata that nods to the colors of the Italian flag with roasted red peppers and basil pesto. Scoop it up with a side of fried bread (pane fritto).

6. Fiola Mare

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3050 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-1402
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It’s hard to top the waterfront location and Italian luxury of Fabio Trabocchi’s Georgetown dining room. It’s known for seafood, but diners can start with a squash mostarda burrata that’s accented with beet coulis and Venetian spices.

7. Centrolina

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-2426
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Chef and owner Amy Brandwein is known for Italian dishes that focus on seasonality and premium ingredients. The burrata in her CityCenter dining room comes with crispy baby potato chips and a dusting of chives.

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8. Osteria Bibiana Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Bibiana has been a staple of D.C. Italian food for nearly two decades. Its high-end menu includes a dome of burrata that comes with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes paired with pickled onions and roasted red peppers.

9. Olivia Restaurant

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800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-4667
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The Mediterranean cooking here draws inspiration from countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its burrata is served warm with a spicy green zhug sauce — common in Yemeni cooking — and garlic breadcrumbs.

10. Punjab Grill

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427 11th St NW, Washington
DC 20004, United States
(202) 813-3004
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This extravagant Penn Quarter spot prepares burrata in the style of a “badal jaam,” or spiced baked eggplant. It also comes with heirloom tomatoes and an option to add shaved truffles.

Burrata badal jaam, with spiced eggplant and heirloom tomatoes ($12), can be topped with shaved truffles for an extra price.
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11. La Vie

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88 District Square SW 5th floor
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 560-5501
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La Vie is aiming to change its reputation with a new executive chef and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean vibe. The new burrata features heirloom tomatoes, za’atar oil, and a crostini. There’s also burrata and ratatouille stuffed in the center of chef Juan Rivera’s crispy risotto balls.

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12. All-Purpose Riverfront

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-1894
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Break off a piece of fresh baguette and spread it with some of All Purpose’s rich burrata with prosciutto. It’s a great way to start a meal before moving on to one of the kitchen’s acclaimed pizzas, and an ideal pre-game snack for fans heading to Washington Nationals or D.C. United games nearby.

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1. I’m Eddie Cano

5014 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

This Chevy Chase gathering spot splits its menu into “Americano” and “Italiano” sections. The latter features a burrata dish with confit cherry tomatoes, vin cotto (similar to a balsamic vinegar), and crostini.

5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Many diners at this beloved pizzeria arrive with a laser focus on its Neapolitan-style pies. For even more cheese, dig in to an exceptionally creamy portion of burrata di bufala served with hearty sliced bread.

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016

3. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dino’s dresses handmade burrata with “really good” olive oil, roasted tomatoes, and a kalamata olive and red pepper puree.

1914 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. The Pembroke

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Burrata sits among the European-style appetizers at Pembroke, located inside the revamped Dupont Circle hotel. The kitchen here adds salty prosciutto di parma, confit tomato, and a hazelnut-arugula pesto.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. San Lorenzo

1316 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s Tuscan kitchen plates up a burrata that nods to the colors of the Italian flag with roasted red peppers and basil pesto. Scoop it up with a side of fried bread (pane fritto).

1316 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

It’s hard to top the waterfront location and Italian luxury of Fabio Trabocchi’s Georgetown dining room. It’s known for seafood, but diners can start with a squash mostarda burrata that’s accented with beet coulis and Venetian spices.

3050 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Centrolina [official]

Chef and owner Amy Brandwein is known for Italian dishes that focus on seasonality and premium ingredients. The burrata in her CityCenter dining room comes with crispy baby potato chips and a dusting of chives.

974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Osteria Bibiana Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Bibiana has been a staple of D.C. Italian food for nearly two decades. Its high-end menu includes a dome of burrata that comes with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes paired with pickled onions and roasted red peppers.

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Olivia Restaurant

800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Mediterranean cooking here draws inspiration from countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its burrata is served warm with a spicy green zhug sauce — common in Yemeni cooking — and garlic breadcrumbs.

800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Punjab Grill

427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States
Burrata badal jaam, with spiced eggplant and heirloom tomatoes ($12), can be topped with shaved truffles for an extra price.
Jennifer Hughes/Punjab Grill

This extravagant Penn Quarter spot prepares burrata in the style of a “badal jaam,” or spiced baked eggplant. It also comes with heirloom tomatoes and an option to add shaved truffles.

427 11th St NW, Washington
DC 20004, United States

11. La Vie

88 District Square SW 5th floor, Washington, DC 20024
La Vie [official]

La Vie is aiming to change its reputation with a new executive chef and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean vibe. The new burrata features heirloom tomatoes, za’atar oil, and a crostini. There’s also burrata and ratatouille stuffed in the center of chef Juan Rivera’s crispy risotto balls.

88 District Square SW 5th floor
Washington, DC 20024

12. All-Purpose Riverfront

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
All-Purpose [official]

Break off a piece of fresh baguette and spread it with some of All Purpose’s rich burrata with prosciutto. It’s a great way to start a meal before moving on to one of the kitchen’s acclaimed pizzas, and an ideal pre-game snack for fans heading to Washington Nationals or D.C. United games nearby.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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