Osteria Elisir Closes Downtown

By Rina Rapuano  |  January 28, 2014
Credit: Jody Brady

Osteria Elisir chef-owner Enzo Fargione announced earlier today via Don Rockwell that his Downtown restaurant has permanently closed its doors.

The announcement reads: "After more then 2 years we decided to call it quits! Elisir and Osteria Elisir have made many people happy and will continue to live in the hearts of those who had supported us and appreciated us. Thank you to all of you Washingtonians. Our restaurant is now officially closed for good."

The former Teatro Goldoni chef originally opened his restaurant as the upscale Elisir in late 2011 but rebranded it as the more casual Osteria Elisir last year.

The Washington Post reports that the restaurant’s backers voted to close the restaurant, with Osteria Elisir serving its final customers on Saturday. The report also says Fargione is in early talks for a reality TV series and a line of prepared Italian foods, and will take a bit of a break while promoting his memoir and cookbook, Visual Eats: A Behind the Scenes Look at Modern Italian Cooking, in the near future.