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Casa Nonna's New Tasting Menu Tavola 12 Is An 'Italian Omakase' (PHOTOS)

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 12/06/11 03:49 PM ET Updated: 12/06/11 05:58 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Italian restaurant Casa Nonna is venturing into tasting menu territory with its latest offering, Tavola 12, a constantly-changing 12-course meal billed as an "Italian omakase."

Omakase, of course, is a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to "I'll leave it you." In Japanese restaurants, ordering it means letting the chef send out a number of small dishes left completely to his choosing.

At Casa Nonna, located near Dupont Circle, it works the same way with chef Amy Brandwein at the helm. Dishes change on a whim, depending on the ingredients available and the mood Brandwein is in.

Plan ahead if you want to try the experience out: It's only served at a 12-seat bar in front of the open kitchen, and then only on Friday and Saturday. It'll run diners $55 a person, plus $30 with wine pairings.

Take a look at the below gallery for a sense of what might be served, but fair warning: Brandwein might already be cooking up something new.

Tavola 12, Casa Nonna's New 12-Course Tasting Menu
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Capesante. Nantucket Bay scallops are wood-roasted and served with crispy potato chips and grapefruit caviar.
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