214 Reviews found

Sunday, 24 October 2010 20:39


Italian restaurant thinks big -- in many ways

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

The woman at the table next to mine at Carmine's gasps when her lunch is set before her. I know the sound well, having heard it before -- made it before -- in this brash new Italian restaurant in Penn Quarter. The only reason I know my neighbor hasn't been served tennis balls on top of spaghetti is because the orbs are red with tomato sauce.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:37


First Bite: Casa Luca, a thoughtful spinoff

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Seemingly every dish at Casa Luca, the casual spinoff of the modish Fiola, comes with a bite-size story.
Take "Maria's" gazpacho, named for the Spanish wife of chef-owner Fabio Trabocchi and based on her mother's high standards. The pale orange soup is mostly heirloom tomatoes, pureed to a creamy state with cucumber, bell peppers, olive oil and a hint of garlic: the perfect foil to wilting weather.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013 20:35


Casa Luca

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Casa Luca is a response to patrons of the chic Fiola who told Fabio Trabocchi they were hungry for something more relaxed. "We love Fiola, but we want to come with our kids," the chef recalls his customers telling him. Introduced in July, Casa Luca takes its name from Trabocchi's young son and places diners in a large and light-filled osteria, its walls made personal with family photographs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:32


A casual trattoria from the chef/owner of Fiola debuts in Penn Quarter.

Written by Anna Spiegel, Washingtonian Magazine

Chef Fabio Trabocchi is best known in Washington for reigning over the upper echelons of Italian fine dining—first with Maestro in Tysons Corner, now closed, and currently at Fiola. At the latter, anniversary dinners are a near-nightly occasion and entrées can run as high as $56 (for a dry-aged T-bone with rosemary zabaglione). Fans of Fiola hack the system by perching at the bar and splitting one of the decadently rich appetizers and pastas, but now they have a second option: Trabocchi and his team have debuted a 136-seat osteria with a casual approach.

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Thursday, 07 July 2011 20:29


The second act for a great Italian chef

Written by Todd Kliman, Washingtonian Magazine

Hearing that I'd dined at Fiola, the restaurant marking the return of wunderkind chef Fabio Trabocchi to DC after a four-year stint in New York City, a tableful of friends leaned forward at dinner and asked, "So?"
They weren't asking whether the restaurant was good—goodness was presumed. They were looking for details to savor.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012 20:26


Fabio Trabocchi's Penn Quarter restaurant celebrates modern Italian cuisine.

Written by Tom Sietsema,

Every time I eat at Fiola, I'm reminded that Fabio Trabocchi cooked at the four-star (and sadly closed) Maestro in Tysons Corner. Try his meatballs -- soft orbs of finely ground veal, pork and beef crowned with an organic egg -- and you'll understand. The chef's puffy golden veal Milanese, made to order in a pan with fresh sage, is another simple Italian recipe transformed into something sensational. His pasta? Divine.

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Monday, 17 December 2012 20:23


Bar Food Bites: Bibiana's Lamb Ribs and Pork Skins

Written by Russell W. Warnick , Washington City Paper

When it comes to lunch, I'm usually an eat-at-my-desk kinda guy. It's not often I have time for an hour-long meal. Heck, rarely do I have time for a trip to the salad bar at the Whole Foods near my Foggy Bottom office.

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Friday, 30 November 2012 20:19


America's Best Fine Dining Restaurants - Bibiana

Written by Super User

Ashok Bajaj is recognized by both press and patrons as the top restaurateur in DC, earning coveted James Beard Foundation nominations for providing guests with exceptional dining experiences at his restaurants which include Rasika, 701, The Oval Room, Bombay Club and Ardeo/Bardeo. Below is a sample of recent editorial reviews about him and Bibiana.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 20:17


Al Tiramisu

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Then: The city's most joyful Italian (2005)
Again: Merrily it coasts along
One of the hardest details for a restaurant to nail is consistency, which is why when I'm asked where to go for Italian, Al Tiramisu in Dupont Circle is usually on the tip of my tongue. Chances are good owner Luigi Diotaiuti is going to greet you in his starched white chef's jacket. The probability of hearing a list of specials as long as the standing menu -- but without any mention of prices -- from a dashing guide is strong, too.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2001 20:14


Giovanni's Trattu: Quiet setting off city's beaten path

Written by Ann Geracimos, Washington Times

Giovanni Viezzi, of Giovann's Trattu, so loves the comic figure that adorns his business card and souvenir menus that he doesn't want guests to leave the restaurant without it. The drawing is of a bulbous, pink-skinned mustachioed gent in a blue jacket and yellow bat, balancing a tiny wine glass on his finger and clutching a stoppered bottle in the other hand.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013 20:12



Written by Maura Kelly, The Washington Post

Just south of Dupont Circle, Otello serves Italian American food at fair prices. Tables covered in red-and-white checked cloths, simple wooden chairs, wicker chianti bottles and hanging garlic braids produce the intended family-style ambiance. The place bustles with polite, eager servers and busboys, ready to take your coat, fill your water glass or pepper your salad.

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Sunday, 03 May 2009 20:10


A Delicious Breeze - Siroc elevates its food, not its prices

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

There are restaurants we're drawn to because we want to refuel with minimal fuss and restaurants we seek out because they let us suspend reality for a few hours.
Somewhere between, say, the drive-through at Popeyes and the opulence of the Inn at Little Washington, there's another, equally useful type of establishment. The place I'm thinking of isn't necessarily a looker, although it offers sufficient comforts. It might not be the first place you'd consider for a date or a birthday, although it could pinch-hit for either occasion.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 20:07



Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Then: Fine food at moderate prices(2009)
Again: Staying the course
The reason I first fell for Siroc is the one that continues to draw me back: The intimate restaurant overlooking McPherson Square fills whatever niche a diner wants it to occupy. Here's the place you can meet with the boss, catch up with a pal or kindle a flame without punching "Other Amount" at the ATM.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 20:04


Third Edition space transforms into El Centro, opening next week

Written by Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Journal

Where modern Mexican El Centro will open next week, there are shadows of Third Edition, the dank but beloved bar on Wisconsin Avenue that it replaces.
Third Edition, which was open for 30 years and served as the exterior of the bar in the Brat Pack favorite St. Elmo's Fire, lives on in a small way through a dripping red number three still on the wall upstairs and a second floor bar that still looks out onto an expansive back patio.

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