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José Andrés Opens China Chilcano Restaurant in Washington D.C.

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Acclaimed chef and father of the small plates revolution, José Andrés, has announced the opening of his newest restaurant in Washington D.C., China Chilcano. Located in the Penn Quarter in downtown D.C., this modern Peruvian restaurant will showcase a menu of crossover of Chinese, Peruvian, and Japanese cuisine using traditional ingredients.

Peru is home to three major culinary and cultural sects, including native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines. The menu will be divided into sections to reflect the culinary diversity of Peru: Dim Sum, Soups, Ceviches, Chaufas (Peruvian fried rice), Sanguche (Peruvian sandwiches), and more. Some of the menu highlights include Papa a la Huancaina y Ocopa (appetizer of yellow potatoes served with two spicy, creamy sauces), Siu Mai de Concha (pork shumai dumplings), Chaufa a la Cubana (with fried eggs, fried bananas and fresh tomatoes), and on the Japanese-Peruvian side of the menu: Ceviche Nikkei with Erizos de Mar (Japanese ceviche with sea urchins).

“Peru is an astounding place. You have incredible native foods, Chinese classics done the Peruvian way, raw seafood like you may find in Japan, all in one beautiful country,” chef Andrés said in a statement. “My team and I spent a great deal of time there as well as in Asia these past few years and are very excited to share this world of flavors.”

The beverage program will focus on wine, cocktails, and will also have one of the largest selections of Pisco, (a Peruvian brandy), outside of Peru. The décor of the restaurant recalls aspects of Chinese, Japanese, and Peruvian cultures, and features a 300-gallon fish tank, which holds the restaurant’s fresh seafood offerings. You can see the full menu here.

Concolon (Crispy fried rice pot, pork belly, Nikkei broth, pickled turnip, lap chong sausage, shiitake mushroom, bok choy, chi-racha) (credit: Greg Powers)


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The latest crop of DC openings also show a promising direction for the city, from newcomers bringing a totally unprecedented cuisine to the District to the continued rise of the elevated food hall, allowing eager chefs to bring their food to the masses without the astronomical cost of opening their own brick and mortar.

Without further ado, here are the best and latest additions to the DC culinary scene.


José Andrés Is Closing His DC-Area Restaurants, Setting Up Community Kitchens

By Anisa Holmes &bull Published March 15, 2020 &bull Updated on March 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm

Renowned Spanish-American chef José Andrés announced on Sunday that he would shut down all of his restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area.

The restaurants, including Oyamel and Zaytinya, will be closed until further notice. Some of his restaurants will be transformed into community kitchens to offer lunches for those in need of a meal, Andrés said on Twitter.

"The community kitchens will operate out of the restaurants’ side doors with a limited number of volunteers from 12 – 5 pm daily beginning Tuesday, March 17, offering only takeout service. All restaurant employees will be provided with paid leave and current health benefits for at least the first two weeks," Andrés wrote in a statement.

People of America. Important News: All my restaurants in DC area are closed until further notice. Here at @ThinkFoodGroup safety of employees & guests is too priority. Some restaurants will transform into Community Kitchens to offer to-go lunches for those who need a meal. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/3HTyT607ZI

&mdash José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 15, 2020

Restaurant Closures and Community Kitchens:

  • America Eats Tavern, Georgetown: A community kitchen will operate from the back upstairs patio.
  • China Chilcano, Penn Quarter: Due to the lack of outdoor space at the restaurant, a community kitchen will not be available.
  • Jaleo, Bethesda: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Jaleo, Crystal City: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Jaleo, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • minibar and barmini, Penn Quarter: The restaurant and bar both closed following the end of service on March 14. A community kitchen will not be available. Guests with existing reservations will be contacted to rebook, and deposits will be refunded.
  • Oyamel, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Zaytinya, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Beefsteak, Dupont, Foggy Bottom & Montgomery Mall: Our D.C.-area fast-casual locations will offer delivery only, available via our website.
  • Pepe Food Truck, D.C.: Will remain in operation, check here for current location.

"We feel these community kitchens can help during this challenging time, and those who cannot afford to pay we will welcome as well," Andrés said.


The Jaleo that started it all. It&rsquos where José began his long legacy as a devoted Washington chef, and since its opening in 1993, has transformed DC&rsquos Penn Quarter into the bustling neighborhood that it is today. DC&rsquos striking design blends the festive spirit of Spain with the unique personality and style of José. Its location makes it perfect for stopping in after a day of sightseeing on the National Mall or before a performance or game at the Capital One Arena.

We accept reservations for lunch and dinner. If you are unable to book online, please call the restaurant at (202) 628-7949, and we will make every attempt to accommodate you.


José Andrés Opts to Paint – not Board up – his DC Restaurants in Support of Protests

Celebrity chef José Andrés chose to paint – instead of boarding up – his Washington D.C. restaurants.

The move a show of solidarity in response to national outcries for racial equality and an end to police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Since the protests began, a number of break-ins prompted many businesses to board up their stores. In a video posted to the chef’s twitter page, Andrés showed his followers that he chose a different approach – covering his restaurants in messages of support.

This was an amazing @andyshallal initiative that I applaud! More kindness and empathy will create the right environment to listen to the Black Brothers and Sisters! [email protected]# listen to them and ask our leaders to come up with measures for real change! The Empathy and Respect Bill! https://t.co/jTy83N56af pic.twitter.com/MKrve4YOZr

&mdash José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 4, 2020

China Chilcano, which can be seen in the video, is temporarily closed. However, many of Andrés’ other restaurants in D.C. – Jaleo, Zaytinya and Beefsteak’s Dupont Circle location- are all open for business.

“We decided we are going to be open and we are going to be with the people. So let’s make our cities more beautiful and more livable,” he said in the video.

Other restaurants in D.C. have also been painted, according to Andrés, an initiative started by Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal.

“We are going to come out stronger out of this. We’re going to be better, because Black lives matter. And we’re going to be learning that we cannot be silent anymore with the things that need to change,” said Andrés.


China Chilcano: What to expect from Jose Andres’s Peruvian-Chinese-Japanese restaurant

Don't call China Chilcano a fusion restaurant. Yes, it combines native Peruvian, Chinese and Japanese cuisines, but not because Andres decided to randomly put the three together.

Peru has a large immigrant community from both countries, and the food subcultures of Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines are the natural intersection of settlers who adapted their home recipes with South American ingredients. That's why you'll see dim sum served an aji-amarillo sauce, or nigiri atop purple potato instead of rice, alongside traditional Peruvian stews -- and naturally, a pisco sour to wash it all down.

The restaurant will open for dinner service beginning Monday, Jan. 5. Here's what you need to know about the newest addition to the Andres empire:

Get ready for pisco. China Chilcano's ambition is to amass one of the largest collections of pisco in the U.S. There are more than 30 piscos on the opening menu, with more to come. One of the later additions will be a rare pisco called El Inquebrantable, of which no more than 600 bottles are typically produced in a year China Chilcano bought 60 of them, so it will hold 10 percent of the year's supply of this rare drink. Of course, you'll find pisco punches and sours on the menu, as well as the restaurant's namesake drink, chilcano, made from Macchu Pisco, lime, Amargo Chuncho bitters and ginger ale. They'll also be importing beers from Peru, including Cumbres, a quinoa-red corn beer, and brewing their own chicha morada, a sweet purple corn drink that will also be used in alcoholic cocktails. Fans of Inca Kola will be pleased to learn that when China Chilcano serves the soft drink, it will be the corn syrup-free, imported version.

Go to the Marketplace, walk through the Elements, end up in Heaven. The restaurant is divided into three distinct areas of design. Marketplace is a dining room with smaller tables, presided over by a mural of a woman with a painted face. The bar is in this space. Moving to the right, you end up in Elements, which takes its aesthetic inspiration from shipping containers and wooden crates. Here, you'll find semi-private dining and larger tables. Over in Heaven, there's a sushi counter, an elevated dining area, and a recessed Japanese tatami table. Throughout the space, neon lighting installations based on Peru's ancient Nasca lines (and reminiscent of works by the artist Keith Haring) swirl above you. The restaurant was designed by longtime Andres collaborator Juli Capella.


The Most Polarizing Restaurant in Washington Is About to Open

The most famous address in Washington is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But starting in late April the Trump International Hotel just down the street will be the most polarizing—at least for foodies.

The hotel was supposed to open with a Spanish-Japanese-themed restaurant from chef José Andrés, but after candidate Donald Trump denigrated Mexican immigrants as “rapists” while announcing his run for the presidency, Andrés, an immigrant himself, pulled out of the deal. Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian, who’d been planning a bistro inside the lobby, followed suit. Since then, restaurateurs Stephen Starr, Tom Colicchio, and Bryan Voltaggio have all passed on the chance to open a spot in the historic Romanesque building.

Yet where others saw a toxic brand, Alessandro Borgognone sensed an opportunity. The serial entrepreneur, who got his start at his family’s red-sauce joint, Patricia’s, in the Bronx, N.Y., loves taking risks. After seeing Jiro Dreams of Sushi, he contacted on a lark one of the documentary’s featured apprentices, Daisuke Nakazawa, about opening a Manhattan restaurant. Since its debut in 2013, Sushi Nakazawa has been one of the hardest tables to get in New York. Reservations open at 12:01 a.m. they’re gone by 12:02.

During the year and a half of negotiations, Borgognone became friendly with Eric and Donald Trump Jr. and signed the lease for a space inside the hotel in the Old Post Office building in September 2016. “When people ask, ‘Where’s the restaurant?’ I say, ‘It’s two blocks from the White House.’ That’s the coolest part.”

But in a city where more than 90 percent of the population voted for Trump’s opponent, sentiment is more divided. Making matters worse, in late 2016, Borgognone gave an interview that called the District of Columbia a “meat-and-potatoes town”—even though Washington has been heralded as one of the most inventive dining cities in America.

Choosing to ignore the playbook of his new landlords, Borgognone gave an apology, and eventually, Andrés invited the business partners to his restaurant China Chilcano to welcome them to the city. “It’s in such a strategic place,” Andrés said afterward. “Anything that makes that building do well—I do believe, putting aside who owns it—will help D.C.”

The menu will be similar to New York’s, including salmon smoked over hay, tuna three ways, and uni topped with white truffles. Toro will be featured as well, but at the D.C. location, it will be sourced from Fujita, the legendary purveyor inside Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The restaurant will pay four to five times more for the toro than it does for “normal” tuna, but prices will be the same as in New York: The 20-course omakase will cost $150 at the bar, where chefs provide direct interaction, and $120 in the dining room.

Nakazawa won’t be behind the chef’s counter. Instead, the executive chef will be 36-year-old Masaaki “Uchi” Uchino, who worked as an apprentice under Nakazawa in New York. Nonetheless, Trump Jr. sounds elated with the restaurant’s prospects. “Their Manhattan location is so special,” he wrote in an email. “I look forward to seeing how they will shake up the culinary scene in D.C.” Others are skeptical. “I think there will be a large number who will decline to go because of their political viewpoints,” notes Washington Postfood critic Tom Sietsema.

The restaurant doesn’t feel like a Trump hotel, though. It has a separate entrance and its own bathrooms, and, whereas the hotel’s interiors are painted gold, the sushi bar’s décor suggests nature, with walnut and oak. Nakazawa handpicked the tableware, a form called Bizen-yaki, on a recent trip to Japan.

“We’re aware of what could go wrong,” Borgognone says. “The Trump name can affect us no matter how much we really believe in the restaurant.”


A cool collection of museums, theaters, restaurants, retail and the Capital One Arena—which is home to the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics when it’s not hosting an all-star lineup of concerts—make Penn Quarter and Chinatown one of the city’s most engaging entertainment districts. Celebrity chefs mingle with homegrown hot spots in this neighborhood’s active dining scene. And the recently released Michelin Guide deemed not one, but two, restaurants in this buzzy neighborhood worthy of its coveted stars.

José’s Home

The District’s now nationally recognized food scene can arguably be credited to the city’s original tastemaker, José Andrés. The Spanish chef was one of the first to build an epicurean empire in Washington, DC with restaurants like Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Jaleo, China Chilcano and Zaytinya – all Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand honorees located within a few blocks of each other in Penn Quarter and Chinatown.

Jaleo wows diners with a diverse menu of Spanish tapas, while Zaytinya remains an in-demand reservation after nearly 15 years in business serving up Mediterranean small plates, and Mexican restaurant Oyamel features tableside guacamole and a whimsical dining room. China Chilcano, the most recent restaurant in Andrés’ empire to open in the District, wows with a mash-up of Peruvian, Japanese and Spanish influences (the dumplings section of the menu can’t be beat).

Andrés’ culinary expertise paid off with a two-star Michelin rating for his innovative minibar. The restaurant truly takes dining to an art form with a creative multi-course meal that takes chances with diners’ palates (yes, the chef did just use liquid nitrogen in your meal).

Concerts and Capitals Dining

Penn Quarter and Chinatown’s popularity grew out of its proximity to the Capital One Arena. On most nights, you’ll find scores of people heading to see a high-profile performer or catch a hockey or basketball game inside the impressive venue. Pre- or post-performance, there are a number of nearby restaurants that can up the cool factor on your evening.

A sure-fire hot spot is Circa Chinatown, where you can get your fill of tuna poké nachos, steak frites and kale salads. One of the neighborhood’s more unique options is Dirty Habit, which sits across the street from the Capital One Arena in the Kimpton Hotel Monaco and offers a sexy vibe with craft cocktails and “globally-inspired social plates.”

Featuring dishes like Not “Guacamole” and Burrito “The King” stuffed with wagyu beef, lobster and caviar, Poca Madre is where former RAMMY Award-winning chef Victor Albisu dishes out Mexican food his own way.

Sporting a sleek 1940s atmosphere, District ChopHouse & Brewery is a friendly neighborhood locale with handcrafted beer from their in-house brewery and a menu featuring American classics. Well-known local restaurateur Ashok Bajaj recently opened the Mediterranean-inspired Olivia and is also behind one of the neighborhood’s (and the city’s) most lauded restaurants, the Indian fusion hot spot Rasika.

Using market-fresh ingredients, Boqueria recreates an authentic Barcelona market experience through its distinctive tapas and takes on classic Spanish dishes. Choose from meat, seafood and vegetarian options to divvy up at the table, or get adventurous and order from the Chef’s Menu at this night-on-the-town destination.

Looking for a quick bite before the event? Chaia’s plant-based tacos pay homage to local producers with delightful combinations like roasted butternut squash with goat cheese, chipotle yogurt and mint pressed between a corn tortilla. The tacos pair nicely with an array of fresh sides, including the fan-favorite green rice with feta, herb pesto and pepitas.

Date Night Hits

The cosmopolitan vibe of Penn Quarter and Chinatown also make it a popular place for a sophisticated date night. Love birds will no doubt be booking tables at Fiola, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant.

Taste your fill of lusty Balkan reds, Not Your Grandmother's Chardonnay and sparkling rosés at Flight Wine Bar (one of our favorites), which offers up a rotating list of 20-plus different wine flights among its more than 500 wines. Owned by a husband-wife sommelier team, the vino bar sates hungry diners with seasonal dishes like kimchi calamari and tuna crudo in tomato water, as crafted by classically trained chef James Barton.

Situated in an historic bank from the early 1900s, Succotash is a stunning, multilevel restaurant featuring an array of design accents that maintain a sophisticated look and feel. And we haven’t event talked about the food yet, which blends Southern cooking and Asian flavors. Classics like fried catfish are enhanced with mint-jalapeño aioli, while the dirty fried chicken is topped off with a honey gochujang sauce nori flakes.

If you’re looking for something a bit more pop culture friendly, reality stars (and restaurateurs) Giuiliana and Bill Rancic recently opened a DC outpost of their restaurant RPM Italian.


As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide, there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention.

Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards, RAMMY Awards (honors handed out by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for local dining excellence) and recognition from reputable publications Bon Appétit, which named DC its restaurant city of the year for 2016, and Zagat, which named the District hottest food city for 2016.

José Andrés Restaurants

The accolades continue to pile up for one of DC’s most popular culinary personalities. José Andrés was named Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 for his exceptional work at minibar, which was also deemed two-star worthy in DC’s Michelin Guide, Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 RAMMYS and was named Service Program of the Year in 2018. Andrés and his wife, Patricia Fernandez de la Cruz, were honored with the 2018 RAMMYS Exceptional Leadership & Impact Award for their contributions to the DC region as well as their humanitarian relief efforts in Puerto Rico. And if that wasn't enough, barmini was named the 2019 RAMMYS Cocktail Program of the Year. To go with those honors, four other Andrés creations were named as Bib Gourmands: Jaleo, Zaytinya, China Chilcano and Oyamel. So it’s safe to say that when you eat with José, you’re bound to be amazed (yes, we wanted that to rhyme).

Kith/Kin

The James Beard Foundation's 2019 Rising Star Chef of the Year and 2019 Rising Culinary Star of the Year Kwame Onwuachi reigns over the kitchen of the waterfront Afro-Caribbean concept Kith/Kin, a modest-yet-sophisticated 96-seat space located inside the InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf. The exciting restaurant wows patrons with a menu that celebrates Onwuachi’s heritage from West Africa to the Caribbean and New Orleans to New York. Make sure you try the hot-and-cold seafood plateau, which layers fresh shellfish atop vermillion snapper and more, as well as the curried goat roti plated with chickpeas two ways: toasted and pureed with tamarind.

Bad Saint

This teensy 24-seat restaurant in Columbia Heights has been the star of the DC culinary scene with its modern take on Filipino food, served family-style and only to groups of four or fewer. How much has this hot spot soared, you ask? Chef Tom Cunanan was named the James Beard Awards Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2019 and in 2016 the restaurant was named the number two best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appétit. Expect bold food with the cuisine’s influences of Spanish, Mexican, Chinese and American flavors.

Centrolina

Located in CityCenterDC, Centrolina is part food market, part restaurant, home to the mastery of RAMMYS 2018 Chef of the Year Amy Brandwein and her take on regional Italian cuisine. The small, yet thoughtful, seasonal menu relies on fresh local ingredients to transport diners on a culinary journey across the Italian peninsula. Expect pastas made in-house daily and wood-fired meat and fish.

Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

The mouthwatering scent of savory smoked fish and meat emanates at all hours from the Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, making this Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand recipient a must visit. The neighborhood restaurant and bar is a hit with locals, as it was named Casual Restaurant of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS and the 2019 RAMMYS Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year.

Marcel’s

Get all fine-dined at Marcel’s, a French-Belgian restaurant that has been coated in accolades for both its food and its chef since it opened back in 1999. Chef Robert Wiedmaier was named Chef of the Year at the 2009 RAMMYS, and while that may seem like a while ago, Marcel’s was named Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at the 2016 RAMMYS, so it’s still going strong. So is its amazing boudin blanc.

Kinship & Métier

Across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, chef Eric Ziebold has formed a wholly distinctive menu at Kinship, one that has earned the buzzworthy abode a star in the Michelin Guide. Split into Craft, History, Ingredients and Indulgence, Ziebold takes you on a journey through cuisine. The chef cut his teeth at a Michelin three-star restaurant under Thomas Keller, which shows in the creative expertise of Kinship. His adjacent French-themed tasting menu restaurant, Métier, is also Michelin-starred and deserves consideration.

Rose’s Luxury, Pineapples & Pearls and Little Pearl

Chef Aaron Silverman is officially a DC dining superstar. For his incredible work at Rose’s Luxury, Silverman won Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the 2016 James Beard Awards. The no-reservations neighborhood eatery has been making waves since opening in 2014, when it was designated as the Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit, and Rose’s received a one-star rating in the Michelin Guide. Silverman’s second locale, Pineapple and Pearls, features one of the best fine dining experiences in the District, evidenced by its two-star rating from Michelin. And if that wasn't enough, there's also Little Pearl, a one Michelin star cafe-by-day and wine-bar-by-night that serves as the casual spot in Silverman’s dining empire.

Charlie Palmer Steak

The name of this Capitol Hill locale almost says it all. Bold, artisan cuts of beef are the calling card of Charlie Palmer Steak, in addition to locally sourced seafood like Chesapeake Bay oysters and soft-shell crabs. But don’t stop there: the restaurant’s wine list is first-class, reflected in its award for Wine Program of the Year at the 2017 RAMMYS. In summary, Charlie Palmer Steak has all the necessary ingredients for a fantastic meal.

Blue Duck Tavern

Situated in the Park Hyatt Washington, the Blue Duck Tavern features exquisitely cooked seasonal fare. If you’re in need of a brunch spot, the Tavern should be a go-to: the eatery took home the award for best Upscale Casual Brunch at the 2016 RAMMYS. Step inside to enjoy its open kitchen and wood-burning oven, and you’ll want to end each meal with the delicious apple pie.

Plume

Plume's German-born toque, Ralf Schlegel, isn't the first master chef in his family to earn a Michelin star, but he's the first to do so on American soil. The classically trained Schlegel executes his European-inspired dishes to perfection, something best experienced off the prix-fixe menu. The restaurant is located inside The Jefferson Hotel, one of the most historic in the District, and a fitting setting for Schlegel’s dynamic cooking.

Osteria Morini

Situated near Yards Park in Capitol Riverfront, Osteria Morini is a rustic escape to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Sure, you can take in the ragus, pastas and affordable wines, but it’s time to expose your taste buds to their wonderful brunch creations. Chef Michael White's two- and three-course brunch menu – home to dishes like the housemade brioche with duck confit and pistachio pesto – was named Upscale Brunch of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS.

The Red Hen

This cozy neighborhood locale has been raking in accolades, from winning Wine Program of the Year at the 2016 RAMMYS to its designation as a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide and chef Michael Friedman being named co-Restaurateur of the Year at the 2019 RAMMYS. A woodfire-powered kitchen, bucolic decor and a menu filled with Italian favorites such as mezze rigatoni with fennel sausage ragu and squid ink linguini make The Red Hen a must-visit during your culinary journey through the District.

Espita Mescaleria

Masa, mole and mezcal. These are the three M’s of southern Mexican cuisine that Espita Mezcaleria abides by. This restaurant, owned by master mezcalier (yes, that’s a thing) Josh Phillips, has made quite the splash in the Shaw dining scene and received the award for Cocktail Program of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Logan Circle is home to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, which serves up some of the best oysters in the District and one of the city’s best brunches as well. Need proof? Pearl Dive was designated as a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide and has received RAMMYS for best Everyday Casual Brunch in 2016 and Favorite Gathering Place of the Year in 2017. The interior is decorated with relics from America’s past, suitable as you barrel through oyster spreads.

Bourbon Steak

Although this Michael Mina restaurant’s specialty is right there in the name, it’s far from a one-trick pony: its impressive drink offerings won it Wine Program of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS and Cocktail Program of the Year at the 2015 RAMMYS. While you dine on a T-Bone steak, sip a vintage vino or get experimental with a drink like the Hairy Chest (vodka, habanero, pineapple, fresh lime).

Masseria

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred Masseria presents an unforgettable dining experience in the midst of the bustling Union Market. With a menu consisting of three to six courses, each plate is equipped with loads of Italian flavor and pristine culinary style. Stefanelli’s menu guides you along the Italian coast, showcasing classic pastas, seafood and rare meat dishes like rabbit and squab. All of this, and more, is why Masseria was named Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS. Dessert is a treat, too: Masseria's Jemil Gadea won the 2017 RAMMY Award for Pastry Chef of the Year.


Lupo Verde: Italian Cuisine

Lupo Verde serves authentic, rustic, Italian fare including a variety of small plates, house-made charcuteries, cheeses, breads and antipasti. Wood-fired pizzas will also be available along with a selection of panini and salads at lunch, and house-made pastas, whole roasted fish and a premiere s election of meats during dinner.

Try: Fried artichokes, homemade agnolotti with short ribs, or a salad of sliced fennel, oranges, pine nuts, raisins, frisella, and ricotta with a charred orange vinaigrette.

Location: U Street Corridor, 1401 T Street, NW Washington DC (202) 827-4726.


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