The anouncement in 2012 that restaurater Hakan Ilhan together with celebrated Executive Chef Robert Donna will be opening a new restaurant adjacent to Mount Vernon Square was welcomed news to an area of the city redolent of substantial historic import and one which which is still undergoing one of the largest and most creative transformative redevelopment in recent times. Additional interest was generated when Amy Brandwein was named Chef de Cuisine, which meant that she would be de facto running the kithen and, therefore, with sole responsibility for ensuring a satisfying experience for her patrons in terms of culinary quality and quick turn-around time in servicing food. So it was that on December 30, 2013, Alba Osteria opened its doors to an expecting neighborhood at with wide and substantial regional acclaim.
Guests can anticipate cuisine from Chef Roberto Donna's home region of Piemonte, Italy with a focus on the town of Alba. Situated between the region's wine country and agricultural center, Alba is a classic representative of Piemonte's cuisine. Alba Osteria offers an extensive salumi and formaggi counter, plus a selection of antipasti, house-made pastas (available in small and large portions), and Neapolitan pizzas. A variety of daily specials displayed in "Italian sized" portions will also be available for sharing in the traditional Piemontese fashion. In addition, Alba Osteria boasts an extensive selection of Italian and local wines and an expansive bar features craft cocktails, four draught wines and 20 draught beers. In addition to a main dining area, there are one private and three semi-private dining areas.
Tom Sietsema got the first word on Alba Osteria, chef Roberto Donna's newest restaurant near Mount Vernon Square, one month ago. Now that the paper over the windows has come down, here's a first look at the vibrant new space. The restaurant, which plans to open Dec. 30, will focus on the cuisine of Donna's heritage, the Piedmont region of Italy, with an emphasis on wine, cheeses, wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and salumi.
In a welcome departure from the whiplash-inducing openings of new restaurants on 14th Street, the residents of Mount Vernon Square have lucked themselves into harboring Alba Osteria, the best new Italian restaurant in the district. Right off Massachusetts Avenue at 425 I Street NW, Alba Osteria features an interior that's any modern architect's delight. Floor-to-ceiling windows, interesting metal fixtures and crisp lines add brightness to the warm glow of the large pizza oven anchoring the restaurant . . .
Among the marvels for the chef de cuisine at Alba Osteria is the openess of her audience in Mount Vernon Triangle. “Nobody blinks an eye” at the tripe soup or veal tongue on the Piedmont-inspired menu, says Amy Brandwein, formerly of the shuttered Casa Nonna downtown. The chef is temporarily reuniting at Alba with Roberto Donna, with whom she last cooked six years ago at the late Galileo downtown. . .
This evening [January 10] The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) and Alba Osteria hosted a Neighborhood Welcome Night. Chef Roberto Donna was on hand to make sure that the small bites were at their best as the restaurant put on an open evening for its new neighbors and surrounding community.
Parking:Private Parking Lot, Street Parking
Average Price ( Per Person ):Under $30
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar, Specialty: Wines
Wheelchair Accessible:Information Not Available
Cuisine:Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
Credit Cards:Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express