G Sandwich Shop is exactly that by day, but by night it offers a tasting Menu. Inspired by the food his Italian-American grandmother prepared, Mike Isabella serves up to 200 recipes for everyday meals that appeal to the heart and the appetite, with a modern twist. These "small plates" versions of Mediterranean classics are food that's original and accessible, authentic without being fussy.
Chef and Restaurateur Mike Isabella
Mike Isabella is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur, owner of Italian-inspired small plates restaurant, Graffiato, and former partner of Bandolero, a modern Mexican concept in the heart of Georgetown. Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian is his first cookbook.
Chef Isabella was named FOOD & WINE magazine's The People's Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic for 2012. Before opening Graffiato, Chef Isabella was the executive chef of Jose Andres' Zaytinya. During his three-year tenure Chef Isabella generated accolades and national attention for Washington, D.C.'s Mediterranean powerhouse restaurant.
Chef Isabella's formal training began at The Restaurant School in New York, taking classes and cooking his way
through some of New York City's finest establishments. After honing his skills in the Big Apple, he travelled down the coast to Philadelphia, first as a sous chef for James Beard award winner Douglas Rodriguez at Alma de Cuba, then a host of other Stephen Starr restaurants.
At El Vez, Chef Isabella learned the true craft of Latin cuisine under the direction of Jose Garces, and as Executive Sous Chef of Marcus Samuelsson's Washington Square, Chef Isabella educated himself on the art of opening a fine dining establishment.
While Philadelphia proved to be an incredible learning experience and launching ground, Chef Isabella still needed to find his niche. That niche came when he moved to Atlanta and joined Buckhead Life Group's top-notch Greek restaurant, Kyma. As Chef de Cuisine of the seafood-inspired menu, Chef Isabella learned the slight flavors and techniques of Greek cooking, as well as immersing himself in the traditions of one of the oldest cuisines in the world.
While traveling through Greece and parts of the Middle East, Chef Isabella learned the nuances of these cuisines. Talking to locals and sifting through the daily markets gave Chef Isabella a chance to truly understand these foods, and helped to form a base for his culinary imagination.
Outside the kitchen, Chef Isabella appeared on Season Six of Top Chef and he was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars. In 2013, Chef Isabella opened a Greek restaurant, Kapnos, and Italian sandwich shop, G. These will be his third and fourth restaurants in Washington, D.C.
- 5 Things to Expect at G, Mike Isabella's Italian Sandwich, By Jessica Voelker, February 7, 2013 | Washingtonian Nagazine