214 Reviews found

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:10


Frank Ruta of Palena, the best chef you've never heard of

Written by Jane Black, The Washington Post

Ask Frank Ruta why after 10 years he finally decided to expand Palena, his jewel-box restaurant in Cleveland Park, and the chef will tell you it's an opportunity to explore his repertoire and offer dishes he simply can't turn out in his cramped basement kitchen. Only when pressed, firmly, will he acknowledge that doubling the number of seats might generate more income, too.

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Sunday, 13 February 2011 02:04


Tom Sietsema on enhanced Palena: Dining Room shines, enlarged Cafe loses a pinch of luster

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

"We moved from Logan Circle to Cleveland Park to be closer to Palena."  If the stranger had invoked the name of just about any other restaurant in Washington, I would have smiled and quietly dismissed the statement as hyperbole. But there he and I were, sitting just a table away from each other at the newly expanded establishment in question, our significant others in tow and some uncommonly beautiful plates of food in front of us. Yes, I found myself saying to the stranger and his wife, I could see myself relocating for more dates with chef Frank Ruta's cooking, too.

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Sunday, 15 February 2009 20:06


At Posto, the complex pastas trump the simpler pizzas

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Restaurateur Paolo Sacco envisioned Posto as a casual Italian hangout, and he installed a pizza oven to drill the point home. So why is it that this recent addition to Logan Circle frequently brings to mind Sacco's coolly formal Tosca downtown?...The food can spark deja vu, too. The menu at Posto (Italian for "place" or "spot") was written in consultation with the top chef at Tosca, Massimo Fabbri, and it is executed by his former No. 2 there, Matteo Venini.

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Thursday, 09 April 2009 18:45


Italian at trim prices at Posto

Written by Corinna Lothar, The Washington Times

Little miracles continue to appear on the reinvented 14th Street Northwest corridor bridging Dupont and Logan circles. Posto has been offering the neighborhood first-rate Italian food at moderate prices since December. No reservations, but there's no stinting on the food or the service, and no mystery because Posto is the little sister of the elegant Tosca downtown. The menu at Posto was designed by Tosca's executive chef, Massimo Fabbri, and is carried out with eclat by chef de cuisine Matteo Venini.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 03:36


Octopus Fish Tank and Pasta-less Pasta at Pulpo

Written by Stephanie Haven,

Floriana owner Dino Tapper recently soft-opened a new Spanish tapas-inspired restaurant called Pulpo in Cleveland Park. But he hopes it won't be just another small plates place. It'll have some quirky twists too, especially after the grand opening later this month. Here's what to expect: An "octopus garden": Pulpo infused its name—which mean octopus in Spanish—into many aspects of dining... opportunity to taste the tentacles.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 02:47


Boqueria: Pass the Sangría

Written by Ann Limpert, Washingtonian

Boqueria—the latest New York import to hit DC—is a worthy addition to the tapas-house scene. Some foods are hard to find in Washington—a good bagel, a killer pastrami sandwich. Tapas, however, are not among them. So it was a surprise when a server at the nearly five-month-old Boqueria asked if we'd ever had small plates before. At this point, that's almost like asking if we'd ever had a main course or an after-school snack.

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Monday, 11 July 2011 02:38


Boqueria to open location on Dupont Circle

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

New York is sending another restaurant our way. Blessedly, Boqueria won't involve hamburgers or steak, but rather, the flavors of Spain. Expected to open late this fall at 1837 M Street, NW in Dupont Circle, the restaurant also comes with more of a connection than most imports: Owner Yann de Rochefort is a 1989 graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Sunday, 13 May 2012 00:27


Small plates, big promise - Boqueria nips at the heels of tapas eateries

Written by Tom Sietsima, The Washington Post

Every server I've encountered at Boqueria talks in exclamation points when chatting about the food, none more so than the young woman who pampered a posse of grazers on a recent weeknight at the inviting new Spanish tapas restaurant in Dupont Circle... The high-octane pitches might not matter if the small plates didn't live up to the hype, but plenty of them do at this recent import from New York.

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 18:28


Barcelona Wine Bar's a buzzy place to be

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Just when you think there's not another free foot of space for a commercial stove on 14th Street NW, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant squeezes into its block with one of the most attractive designs yet: a front patio made lush with greenery and a fire pit. Of course the restaurant was mobbed by the young and restless the night it opened.

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Friday, 08 May 2009 20:52


The Simpler the Better at Los Cuates

Written by Julia Beizer, The Washington Post

At a glance: Between 7 and 8 p.m., Los Cuates really starts packing 'em in. Georgetown students, families and other locals begin to take up the tables in this 55-seat restaurant at Wisconsin Avenue and Q Street.
The popularity has been a thrill for proprietors Sergio Kehl, Mauricio Sepulveda and Luis Eladio Merchan, who remember the days when they filled the lunch hours playing chess in the empty restaurant.

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Sunday, 01 July 2007 20:49


Casa Oaxaca - A Different South of the Border

Written by Tom Sietsema,

Requesting a margarita in a Mexican restaurant is standard operating procedure for many diners. Hearing the question, "What kind of tequila would you like?" and getting a choice of nearly 20 different brands of firewater is an uncommon follow-up. Happily, that's the norm at the freshly minted Casa Oaxaca (say "wa-HA-ka"), whose owners promised a menu that would steer clear of cliches and shine a light on a region in Mexico known for its good taste.

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Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:47


DC Ethnic Restaurants: Cinco de Mayo at Casa Oaxaca

Written by Jenny Small, Examiner DC

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, DC locals can celebrate at Kalorama neighborhood restaurant Casa Oaxaca. While most Americans erroneously believe, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain, the day actually represents Mexico's win against French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While many Cinco de Mayo celebrations consist of margaritas and tex-mex, Casa Oaxaca offers some more traditional cuisine from Puebla's neighboring state of Oaxaca.

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Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:45


Floriana honors founding mother

Written by Tom Sietsema

One of the many lessons I've learned over decades of professional dining is to trust restaurants named after an actual person. Why? Because more often than not, places with personalities attached to them enjoy family support and long histories. Plus, when your name is on a menu, you tend to take personally what others say about it.

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Monday, 13 February 2012 20:43


Il Canale is certified as a genuine Neapolitan pizzeria

Written by Tim Carman, The Washington Post

About a year ago, the management at Il Canale in Georgetown approached the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana — the group dedicated to protecting the good name of Neapolitan pizza — about attaining the official VPN stamp for its pies. They figured it was a slam-dunk. They already had the Italian ingredients, not to mention a Neapolitan chef and an Acunto pizza oven straight from Italy.

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