For the past eleven years, Ristorante Tosca has firmly established itself as a mature player on the Washington restaurant scene. Executive Chef Massimo Fabbri creates the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine — his culinary interpretations emphasize seasonal ingredients, while creatively respecting the great traditions of Italian gastronomy.
The glory of Italian cooking is fresh ingredients, served at their peak and handled in a way that flatters, rather than masks, their personalities...
History of Tosca
Tosca is the culmination of shared ideas between Chef Cesare Lanfranconi (formerly of Galileo) and owner Paolo Sacco. From the first conversation, they spoke of opening an upscale Italian restaurant together. Mr. Sacco's experience in managing the dining room, combined with Chef's imaginative talent in a kitchen were a perfect match. Tireless planning and attention to detail meant that it took the restaurant a few years to open its doors in downtown Washington DC. But in that time, every detail—from the dining room to the layout of the kitchen—was perfectly planned and executed.
Today, Tosca's kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Massimo Fabbri. Chef Fabbri, whose extensive training include noted restaurants in Italy, London, and the United States, has been developing his technique since the age of 14, when he enrolled in the hotel school at the Alberghiera F. Martini. Chef Fabbri's style is strongly influenced by his native Tuscany in Central Italy. He blends the freshness of locally grown organic ingredients with the unique flavors of imported products from selected purveyors in his native region. Ristorante Tosca's seasonal menu consists of a variety of signature dishes, and creative desserts.
The design team of Michael Marshall Architecture, Lilly Gray Rubin Associates and Designer Associates Lighting Consultants, have created a sleek environment of neutral monochromatic tones, interplaying with luxurious, richly colored fabric with contrasting textures. The designers successfully meshed the opulent modernity of the Arnold and Porter building, an elegant monument of pale marble and steel, with the ambiance of a sumptuous club.
Since its 2001 opening, Tosca has been noted in newspapers and magazines all over the northeast and was named the "trendy new Italian restaurant in Downtown Washington" by the Washington Post. Combining their expertise, owner Paolo Sacco and Chef Fabbri continue to develop the concept of Tosca to offer the finest in quality contemporary Italian cuisine with efficient and personable service.