Large flavor from the small plate at Sugo Cicchetti


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2012_10_sugo Photo: Patra Wroten


If a lunch meeting finds you in the Rockville area, or a lazy Sunday morning affords you the time to pace yourself through a cocktail brunch, then pop into Sugo Chichetti, which opened this spring.

Sugo is the word for traditional Italian pasta sauce, but nothing about the industrial feel of the casual dining room (or the soft rock tunes playing in the background) suggests traditional Italian at all. Then again, our table skipped pizza and pasta to order honey-soaked apple fritters and peach-basil bellinis.

2012_10_sugo Photo: Patra Wroten

Cicchetti are small side dishes, but the portions offered by Chef Dimitri Moshovitis are quite substantial, and the flavor is certainly large. Like the plates served at sister-restaurants Cava, food from Sugo Cicchetti is perfect for sharing. Samples of charcuterie, french toast, eggs benedict, smoked bacon and sweet potato cakes were passed around our table and met with rave reviews. 

The server promised the experience would be bittersweet if we skipped out on Sugo’s famous cotton candy, so … we didn’t.

You shouldn’t either.

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