3/22/2013 11:44:00 AM

Matzo Ball Pozole and More Creative Passover Dishes Around DC

Rosa Mexicano's matzo ball pozole
Nowadays with busy work schedules and scattered families, people are looking for ways to celebrate Passover's spirit, and delicacies, outside their homes. Happily, top-flight restaurants are providing intriguing dining options that explore Italian and Mexican variations, as well as modern updates to tradition.

DGS Delicatessen:  This Dupont Circle locavore deli will go all out for the holiday with a four-course menu, offering marrow matzo ball soup, bitter-herb-crusted halibut, braised lamb with carrot tsimmis and a fruit crumble. Wine pairings, including an Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon and a Vermont heirloom ice cider, are available (March 25-31 during dinner; $40, $60 with wine; 202-293-4400).

Dino: Bring your Haggadah to this Cleveland Park Italian, and reserve a seder plate. Dishes like gefilte fish, salmon with leek sauce, lamb,  matzoh farfel and potato kugel are available on a five-course menu, with optional non-kosher wine pairings (March 25- April 1; $59, $25 children; $29 for wine; 202-686-2966).

Equinox:  Riffing off their just released cookbook, “The New Jewish Table,” Ellen and Todd Gray will offer a five-course menu at their near-the-White House New American, with dishes like quinoa salad with figs and mint, and brisket (March 25- April 2; $45, or $60 with wine pairings; 202-331-8118).

Rosa Mexicano: At these lively Mexicans in the Penn Quarter, Chevy Chase and National Harbor, expect inventive fare like Jalisco-style pozole soup with chipotle-marrow matzoh balls; tacos made with chicken cracklings, duck egg, caramelized onions and mustard salsa verde; lamb with jalapeno stuffing; brisket with oranges and chiles; and a tropical fruit strudel (March 25-March 30; 202-777-9959; 202-783-5522; 301-567-1005).

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