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Capitol Hill’s Anticipated Pasta Parlor Opens Thursday

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Carrello Restaurant comes from the minds behind nearby Italian darling Altura 

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A pasta order at Carrello, with three dishes (a meat ragu topped with cheese is in the foreground).
Pappardelle with tripe and oxtail ragu with an anchovy crumb at Carrello.
Jeremy Paige/Carrello

Capitol Hill ups its Italian game this week with the addition of a much-anticipated destination for roving antipasti and hearty pastas.

Carrello Restaurant (622 Broadway E) comes from Rebecca and Nathan Lockwood, the lauded culinary couple behind acclaimed Italian restaurant Altura across the street. Their latest European-inspired venture, expected to open on Thursday, October 3, for dinner service, skews more rustic. There’s also larger main pasta dishes than Altura, which is known for its fancy, multi-course dinners.

Carrello will also circulate food carts lined with rabbit meatballs, salumi, octopus, beef crudo, marinated mussels, and other elevated finger foods. The menu also stars lots of handmade pastas (think lamb and beef ragu gnocchi and meaty agnolotti), along with whole-roasted meats and seafood. A shareable section calls for dry aged bone-in rib steak, slow roasted lamb neck, and branzino, dressed with accoutrements.

Here’s a look:

Steak at Carrello Restaurant
Bone-in ribeye with Italian olives and mint.
Jeremy Paige/Carrello

Carrello slides into the space that formerly housed Jerry Traunfeld’s wildly popular Poppy restaurant. The industrial-styled design includes lots of wood elements and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Reservations can be made on Carrello’s website or by phone, with a portion of its 100-seat dining room reserved for walk-ins. The soaring 3,600-square-foot setup also includes a 12-top bar. Dinner service will run Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.