al Sospiro Trattoria is a cozy little Italian restaurant in Olney that offers only dinner service.
Since it's located on a busy road (Georgia Ave) we thought it would be easy to find. But we almost passed the entrance because of the small awning sign.
Once inside, there is a small upstairs dining room where we were directed by a sign to go downstairs to the main dinning room.
|Upstairs dinning room|
|Downstairs main dining room|
The main dining room was minimally but tastefully decorated with Italian stones, tiles and ceramics.
Shortly after we arrived, we were served a basket of warm bread and oil. Both were disappointing. The oil was tasteless - had no hint of a spice or garlic. The bread spongy.
Next we ordered four appetizers to share.
| Mussels in White Wine and Garlic Sauce|
The mussels were soft and cooked to
perfection and the garlicky sauce, thin
but very flavorful.
My mom ordered the peppercorn pan seared tuna with zucchini. She normally doesn't order tuna because she said it is easy to overcook and can be dry. This dish didn't disappoint. The meat was moist and lightly seasoned so that the flavor of the fish shined.
Definitely try al Sospiro for authentic Italian food. We were seated right away because we got there just when dinner started but it's a small place so you may have to wait for a table if it's crowded.
al Sospiro Trattoria Romana
18035 Georgia Avenue
Olney, MD 20832