First Look: Fiola Mare Sails into Georgetown
Fiola Mare, the third DC restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi, opened on the Georgetown waterfront Friday, applying the chef's elegant yet playful style to seafood. The dining room joins Fiola and Casa Luca in the chef's mini dining empire.
Not surprisingly, Trabocchi says the restaurant's inspiration comes from the coastal cuisines of Italy, and many of the dishes bear his trademark decadence - like the appetizer that layers oysters and caviar with Champagne zabaglione and chives. Trabocchi devotees will recognize the Maine lobster ravioli with ginger and chives that's also served at Fiola.
Service is taken just as seriously as the cooking, with employees wearing Secret Service-like ear pieces to keep things running smoothly. And just in case you need to slip in unnoticed, there's a separate entrance at the back of the restaurant along the waterfront, which puts you near a few of the private dining rooms. A small room with a chef's table has doors that open to provide a view of the kitchen as well as a separate bar with Trabocchi's private wine cellar.
Lunch and brunch are already on offer, with weekday meals bringing the Fiola Mare version of Fiola's Maria Menu, a healthy, three-course lunch for $24.
Hours are 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Monday through Friday; 5:30-11 PM Monday through Saturday; brunch from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and dinner from 5-10 PM Sunday. Reservations are recommended, and valet parking will be offered for dinner at $12 per car.
3050 K St. NW (entrance at 31st Street and the waterfront); 202-628-0065