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Weekly Planner: A Taste Trip to Italy

By Rina Rapuano | January 13, 2014 By Rina Rapuano  |  January 13, 2014

Here's a roundup of food- and drink-related fun around town this week:


Fiola begins a three-week regional Italian menu promotion Mondays through Wednesdays throughout the dining room exploring the areas of Veneto (this week), Toscana (January 20-22) and Piemonte (January 27-29). Diners can opt for the set four-course tasting menu, which costs $60 including wine pairings (excluding tax and gratuity). The Veneto menu features such dishes as calamari a baccalà alla Vicentina, mussel and clam risotto Chioggia style and Long Island duck with foie gras sausage (202-628-2888).

Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont offers an adult hot chocolate bar Mondays in its UpBar. The hot chocolate menu boasts some predetermined flavor combinations - like the Corsica spiked with lavender Campari or the Decadence enhanced with absinthe - as well as the option to create your own. The hot chocolates are made with premium Cordillera 65% Colombian chocolate and can be made without spirits as well (202-462-4265).

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen offers a buy-one-get-one-free bowl at the Georgetown ShopHouse location only (2805 M St. NW) every Monday in January from 11 AM-10 PM. George Washington University students and staff can claim their BOGO bowl by presenting a valid university ID (202-627-1958).


Eno Wine Room continues its monthly “Enoversity” series with winemaker Jordan Harris of Tarara Winery in Virginia. Guests who would like to participate need only order a glass of the winery’s 2011 Cabernet Franc, 2011 Three Vineyards Chardonnay or the 2012 Charval - or a flight of all three - and Harris will visit their table to talk with them about the winery. The free event takes place from 6-8 PM, and wine prices will range between $12 and $16 (202-295-2826).


In honor of National Soup Month, Legal Sea Foods’ three area locations serve $1 cups of New England chowder today with the purchase of an entrée (the cups regularly cost $5.25). In addition, Legal Sea Foods’ online fish market will offer a quart of clam chowder for $11 - regularly priced at $20.95 - excluding tax and shipping/handling (Chinatown, 202-347–0007; Crystal City, 703-415-1200; Tysons Galleria, 703-827-8900).


Tryst hosts a tiki-themed fundraising party to help send four of its baristas to volunteer at the Big Eastern US Coffee Championship in Durham, NC in the name of professional development. A portion of the proceeds will also go toward Coffee Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of coffee farmers and their families. The event takes place from 6 PM-midnight, when a $10 donation at the door gets you a free glass of tiki punch, a raffle ticket for a $25 Tryst gift certificate, $4 happy hour selections - plus music and a free lei. RSVP here (202-232-5500).


Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA features Doukénie Winery for a winemaker’s dinner featuring the cooking of Airlie Center executive chef Jeff Witte. The all-inclusive five-course dinner begins at 6 PM and costs $125 per person. The menu will feature such dishes as a pressed local-mushroom terrine and local beef medallion with poached root vegetables, and each course will be paired with Doukénie winemaker Sebastian Marquet selections (540-347-1300).

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Italian Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$89
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Hank's Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar Dupont Circle
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$32
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Food19 Decor15 Service19 Cost$11
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ENO Wine Bar

Wine Bar Georgetown
Atmo.22 Decor21 Service20 CostM
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Legal Sea Foods

Seafood Tysons
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$37
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Legal Sea Foods

Seafood Arlington
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$37
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Legal Sea Foods

Seafood Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$37

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