Ghibellina is located on 14th St NW between Q and Corcoran. The lively 14th St corridor is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, furniture stores, and clothing boutiques in the city.
Ghibellina is an Italian Gastro Pub brought to you by the owner of Acqua al 2, Ari Gejdenson, and his Mindful Restaurants team. The inspiration behind this project was drawn from his days living in Florence. On a daily basis, he would eat lunch at his favorite Trattoria, Fiaschetteria Trattoria Mario, and fell in love with the idea of creating a comfortable place where diners feel at home every time they walk through the door.
The name is derived from the street, Via Ghibellina, where he and Ralph Lee, childhood friend and partner in Ghibellina, shared an apartment. The two made the walk from one end of the via to Ari's American Diner on a daily basis to serve American food to students and locals alike. Executive Chef, Jonathan Copeland, has teamed up with this duo and has matched their passion and dedication to executing an authentic Tuscan menu in the heart of the 14th street Corridor. Ghibellina is conveniently located between 3 metro stops: Dupont Circle (Red Line), Shaw/Howard (Green/Yellow Line), and McPherson Square (Orange/Blue Line).
"The pizza is a cross between Old World and Neapolitan," the sunny server says as part of her introduction at Ghibellina in Logan Circle. The pizza, with its raised lip, perfect char and yeasty character, is also marvelous. Part of the fun is slicing it yourself with the fancy shears the round comes with. Bread is just part of the appeal of a visit to this brick warehouse of a gastropub, named after a street in Florence where co-owner Ari Gejdenson once lived and worked.
Ari Gejdenson opened Ghibellina on 14th Street last May with two things in mind. He wanted simple Tuscan food and a place ripe for social interaction. When it came to designing a space that encouraged talking with fellow diners and drinkers, Gejdenson brought in Eric Gronning and his team of architects to transform the worn down building that used to house Jazz club HR-57, and before that a Firestone tire store, to imagine his concept of a Tuscan gastro-pub – meaning “restaurant-quality food in a drinking environment,” Gejdenson said. . .
An unexpected utensil shows up with the pizza at Ghibellina: shears. "Americans aren't used to cutting their own pizza," says Ari Gejdenson, co-owner of the newish Italian restaurant in Logan Circle. But his chef, Jonathan Copeland, says that slicing hot pizza before letting it rest for a few moments makes for a "droopy" crust, as the tomato sauce, cheese and olive oil, a last-minute flourish, seep under the base. . .
Parking:Street Parking, Valet Service
Average Price ( Per Person ):$30 - $60
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar
Credit Cards:Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express