5 New Italian Restaurants to Try in DCBy Zagat Staff | July 10, 2014 By Zagat Staff | July 10, 2014
Italian food is always popular — and a safe bet for savvy restaurateurs. So it’s no wonder that many of the new restaurants this year have skewed toward what a Zagat survey revealed to be Washington’s favorite cuisine. Here are five new ways to enjoy Italian food in the city, along with links to the First Look slide shows we posted when they opened:
Celebrity chef-owner Bryan Voltaggio expands his range in more ways than one with this modern Italian restaurant set inside his regional American eatery, Range, in Friendship Heights. He’s carved out a classy dining room with plush brown, beige and black decor and a comprehensive menu running from antipasti to dessert, served Wednesday through Sunday evenings. Here’s our First Look (5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-803-8020).
Bob Kinkead's all-day, self-serve Italian mecca in Foggy Bottom's Watergate complex brings a chef's touch to the casual dining scene, offering hand-rolled pizzas (including breakfast versions), subs, salads, coffee, pastries and homemade gelati. Butcher-block tables hug wraparound windows overlooking the Kennedy Center, while a wood-burning oven dominates the open kitchen, with white tiles and steel underscoring its modern feel. Here’s our First Look (600 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-505-4000).
This luxurious Italian seafood spot from chef-owner Fabio Trabocchi (Fiola, Casa Luca) serves opulent fare like oysters, crudo and grilled whole fish, and boasts a spectacular Potomac River view from its Washington Harbour perch in Georgetown. Inventive brunch fare, specialty cocktails and some 200 wines round out the menu, while a glass-enclosed veranda completes the picture of classy modernity. Here’s our First Look (3100 K St. NW; 202-628-0065).
Cosmopolitans meet at this rustic and sunny 14th Street NW Italian neighborhood favorite for wood-fired pizza, pastas, house-cured meats and small plates, plus barrel-aged cocktails and some 100 wines. The ambitious operation includes a market selling cheese, charcuterie and sundries, and there's a patio on a prime corner for scoping out the scene. Here’s our First Look (1401 T St. NW; 202-827-4752).
First-time restaurateur Kaiser Gill transforms the former Finemondo space Downtown into a sprawling venue named for his niece and offering elegant takes on Italian antipasti, pastas and such entrees as sea bass and pepper-crusted tuna, plus dancing come evening. The decor also takes a sophisticated direction, with dark-wood rafters and wainscoting contrasted with pale stone and frosted-glass accents. Here’s our First Look (1319 F St. NW; 202-347-1020).