Osteria Morini Opens Tonight at Navy YardBy Rina Rapuano | November 19, 2013 By Rina Rapuano | November 19, 2013
Judging by all the construction, the Navy Yard neighborhood still has a long way to go. But tonight's opening of Osteria Morini - a New York import from world-renowned chef Michael White and Altamarea Group - is another important step toward having that area's potential realized.
While representatives say White will be very involved in the DC restaurant, they stress that local executive chef Matthew Adler has been with the restaurant group for a long time learning the ins and outs of the Osteria Morini brand and White's style of Emilia-Romagna cooking.
The brand plans to keep about 75 percent of the menu consistent throughout the three Osteria Morini locations, giving local chefs the opportunity to create dishes that reflect their own styles and the preferences of diners. Finding a balance between innovation and the familiar will keep customers from feeling as if they are in a corporate, cookie-cutter restaurant, says Osteria Morini chef Bill Dorrler.
Take a tour of the space here, then head down to check it out for yourself - along with an expertly crafted Negroni (301 Water St. SE; 202-484-0660).