“Caruso’s Grocery Is The Old School Italian Restaurant Of Your Dreams”
Caruso’s Grocery is modeled after the classic, Italian-American ‘red sauce’ joint. You know the one: basket-wrapped bottles of Chianti, a killer chicken parm, Sinatra pouring through the speakers. If you’re looking for modern interpretations of a chef's take on the classics, you won’t find them here. Caruso’s Grocery is home to traditional Italian-American fare focused on execution and high quality ingredients – menu items include chicken parmesan, penne alla vodka, mozzarella en carozza, veal francaise, garlic bread with four cheese sauce, and more old school hits.
A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.
Caruso's Grocery is open for both reservations and walk-ins, although reservations are strongly recommended.
Caruso’s Grocery is a love letter to the simple, classic, Italian restaurants that provided our fondest childhood memories of what a restaurant could be.
Caruso’s Grocery is a love letter to the simple, classic, Italian-American restaurants that provided our fondest childhood memories of what a restaurant could be. In different ways and in different parts of the country, we each had our own, intimate experiences of the food and culture that Italian immigrants brought to their new home. We hope you’ll join us in raising a glass to celebrate them and all of the immigrant communities who continue to enliven and enrich our shared culture and our experience of eating and drinking in this, their adopted home.
CHEF & PARTNER
Caruso’s Grocery is the culmination of a lifelong passion for Matt, having spent the better part of his culinary career focused on regional Italian cuisine and much of his free time traveling throughout Italy. Largely inspired by the restaurant his dad ran while growing up in upstate New York called Scoozi, Caruso’s is Matt’s homage to generational Italian-American cooking. Matt has worked with top chefs such as the legendary Alain Ducasse and Michael White and has held top positions at Altamarea Group's Convivio, which was awarded a Michelin star and three stars from The New York Times, and Osteria Morini, which brought Matt to DC as the opening chef. Matt partnered with Neighborhood Restaurant Group on the development of The Roost and Caruso’s Grocery in 2019.
Chef Drew Allen is a Maryland native. After serving in the US Air Force, he began pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts at Brian Voltaggio’s much acclaimed flagship restaurant, VOLT, where he focused his attention on pastry. From there he moved west to Portland, Oregon, where he started a family and grew into management roles of catering operations and brewery kitchens. In 2019, Chef Drew returned to the DMV where opened Ruthies All-Day in Arlington, Virginia before assuming the Chef de Cuisine position at Blue Duck Tavern. Chef Drew is excited to be cooking in his home state and leading the team at Caruso’s Grocery Pike & Rose and Owens Tavern & Garden.