Mama mia: On the eve of Mother's Day, First Couple has a private Italian dinner in Washington...
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had a quiet Date Night dinner on Saturday evening, just in time for Mother's Day. They dined, unaccompanied by guests, at Ristorante Tosca, a Northern Italian eatery just three minutes away from the White House by motorcade, in downtown DC. Located between 11th and 12th Streets, Tosca is popular with the DC power set. (Above: The President waves to photographers as he escorts the First Lady to the motorcade after dinner)
It was a temperate Spring evening and still light as the First Couple departed the White House at 7:52 PM and arrived at the restaurant minutes later. Mrs. Obama, her hair loose and straight, wore dramatic disc earrings, a favorite leather jacket, a geometric-print blouse, blue linen trousers, and metallic slingback heels. President Obama was quite snazzy in a blue window-pane checked sport coat.
The President golfed earlier in the day at Andrews Air Force base; Mrs. Obama gave her first commencement address of the year, traveling for the day to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a speech at the University of Northern Iowa. She called her visit a homecoming of sorts, and worked in a salute to the troops during her remarks. On Friday afternoon, Mrs. Obama welcomed military families to the White House for a Mother's Day tea.
Seasonal, local, vegetable intensive...
Tosca's menu fits perfectly into Obama Date Night eating patterns, which are distinctly different from the President's solo eating excursions outside the White House, which typically involve hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. The Executive Chef is Massimo Fabbri, who uses seasonal local ingredients for dishes that are vegetable intensive and modern, but inspired by artisan traditions (creative salads, stuffed pastas, and sauce-laden meats). Entrees range from $34-$44 for dishes such as pork tenderloin in a wild mushroom crust with Tuscan style bean salad, braised chicory and Marsala wine reduction; and roasted halibut in a Piedmont hazelnut crust with cauliflower, broccoli and spring garlic. Appetizers range from $9-$20; pastas, soups and desserts are equivalently priced. The full menu is here.
After a Mother's Day Date Night dinner in 2010, the First Lady emerged post-dinner carrying a bouquet of flowers, but carried no blooms on Saturday night as she exited Tosca with the President at 9:41 PM. The President waved to onlookers who had gathered beyond the security perimeter. The motorcade stopped at at least two traffic lights as it returned to the White House, extending the trip back home to five minutes.
Information: Tosca is at 1112 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004. Phone: (202) 367-1990.