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Thursday, 10 October 2013 04:00



Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Komi requires its audience to trust it. There's no menu to choose from and your waiter doesn't offer much more of a forecast than this: The meal will segue from light to heavy, from fish to meat. "Ready?" he asks.I'm always open to eating whatever Johnny Monis wants me to eat, be it a single scallop capped with a coin of persimmon, great raw fish from Tokyo, rabbit pate on sourdough toast or a single (and perfect) raviolo stuffed with earthy blood sausage. What links the many courses at this modern Greek restaurant is a reverence for great ingredients and superb taste.

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Thursday, 01 June 2006 02:54


Café Citron

Written by Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post

A lively two-level Latin lounge that throbs to salsa and international club music on weekends, Cafe Citron is also a top happy hour destination in Dupont Circle. The see-and-be-seen section is in a tiny mezzanine level; the dimly lit basement, where the walls are lined with seats, has more room for dancing. While not as pretentious as some other bars in the neighborhood, it can be just as crowded at prime time -- you may feel like a sardine -- and there can be extended waits at the bar.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2006 00:06


Pâtisserie Poupon

Written by Shauna Maher, The Washington Post

Nestled among the boutiques and salons on Wisconsin Ave., Patisserie Poupon offers treats for anyone nostalgic for the cafes of Paris's Left Bank or just looking to satisfy a sweet craving. The clientele includes young families, local shop owners and students, a diverse group that attests to the fact that Patisserie Poupon has something for every type of craving any time of day.

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Monday, 21 May 2012 09:50


Victor Albisu To Open a Taqueria

Written by Jessica Sidman, Washington City Paper

Victor Albisu Opening Taqueria in Falls ChurchAfter leaving his high-profile post at BLT Steak in March, chef Victor Albisu is finally re-emerging with a new project: an authentic Mexican taqueria in Falls Church. The dressed-down restaurant will be located two doors from a Latino market his mother owns called Plaza Latina on Pimmit Drive (right off Route 7). The 20-30-seat spot, which he's tentatively calling Taco Bamba, is expected to open in about a month.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:48


It's Taco Bamba time: Victor Albisu's Falls Church taqueria opens June 17

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

"We're ready to go!" Victor Albisu told me yesterday — and I had to ask if I was hearing him correctly, that his long-awaited Taco Bamba in Falls Church was really, truly opening June 17. Sure enough, the chef of the freshly minted Del Campo in the District says he and his co-partner — his mother, Rosa Susinski, who owns a Latin market nearby — plan to start selling tacos, sopas and Mexican small plates from their new storefront beginning at lunch on Monday.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:45


They're Here: Taco Bamba Adds Breakfast Tacos

Written by Missy Frederick,

It's no secret Eater's a little obsessed with breakfast tacos, and now, there's another option to add to the list. Victor Albisu's Taco Bamba excited Falls Church and Tysons Corner-area residents with the promise of an early morning breakfast option, but the restaurant didn't open with morning hours. That's now changed.

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Sunday, 25 April 2010 00:00


La Caraqueña's pan-Latin staples sing

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Saltenas -- picture empanadas on steroids -- are a typically Bolivian dish.

Arepas -- flat, white ground-corn cakes amenable to stuffing -- are staples on Venezuelan menus.

Raul A. Claros serves both snacks at his sunny, three-year-old La Caraqueña in Falls Church. The dishes are expressions of where the son of restaurateurs was born (Venezuela) and where he moved as a young teenager (Bolivia). They're also reminders of where Claros spent much of his time as the youngest of three boys in his family: in the kitchen of his parents' restaurants.

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Sunday, 17 October 2010 09:37


2010 Fall Dining Guide

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

From one small kitchen come the big flavors of two countries. Bolivia is represented by a delicate peanut soup and saltenas, braided turnovers that hide a stew of beef, carrots and potatoes. Venezuela is honored with arepas, flat white corn cakes filled with a choice of a dozen toppings, my favorite being garlicky sliced steak with cilantro and onions.

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Tuesday, 05 May 2009 09:34


La Caraqueña

Written by Todd Kliman, Washintonian Magazine

Food lovers are generally ambivalent about hotel dining. Luxe properties with the power to lure top toques account for some of the best restaurants in the world. Then there's the flip side—generic, passionless cooking served in a setting that has all the charm of a waiting room. About motel dining, there's fierce consensus: absolutely not.

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Sunday, 02 December 2012 08:59


A fiery concept: Tortillas and tequilas

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

The owners of Passion Food Hospitality didn't plan to open their seventh restaurant on the heels of their fifth and sixth, the side-by-side District Commons and Burger, Tap & Shake in Foggy Bottom. But when a prime spot became free in hopping Clarendon, the group jumped on the real estate before they even had a theme.

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Friday, 29 August 2003 08:33


Mango Mike's

Written by Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post

At Mango Mike's, "We try to Caribbeanize everything we do," says owner "Mango" Mike Anderson. The drink menu at the sunny tropical-theme restaurant is a case in point. "We were going to do a pina colada, and someone said, 'It's got to be in a neat glass,' " Anderson recalls.

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Monday, 16 May 2011 04:20


Pietro's Own Merlot

Written by Richard Marcis

Sorriso Ristorante in Cleveland Park has long been one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the D.C. metro area. It serves genuine northern Italy dishes as well as some Roman favorites. Since they are made with the best ingredients, I can always count on the food being fresh, good and relatively inexpensive. I also like the attentive but unfussy service. Moreover, it has a pleasant ambiance, the feel of a neighborhood, family-run restaurant – which it is.

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Thursday, 05 February 2009 04:15


Resilient in Hard Times: The Family Business

Written by Jane Birnbaum, The New York Times

As the recession delivers stinging blows to many small businesses, some ventures — the ones owned and operated by families — may be in a unique position to survive and even prosper. Family businesses often have been around for a generation or more, giving them the experience of riding out economic ups and downs. And they have another advantage that sole proprietorships do not have. "They can have the strength of the entire family, meaning all sorts of thinking and fiscal resources," said Jeffrey A. Miller, a family business consultant based in Coral Cables, Fla

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Friday, 29 October 2010 04:09


Sorriso offers a taste of Italy right in the heart of the district

Written by Roshan Farazad, Washington Life Magazine

The bustling area of Cleveland Park is filled with shops, restaurants, historic buildings, and cultured Washingtonians who fill the surrounding neighborhoods. Nestled in a small, quaint, and cozy spot on Connecticut Avenue is Sorriso. Inside Sorriso Bar, Pizzeria, and Ristorante, owner Pietro Polles and his son are making homemade pizzas, pastas, and gelati. Polles' daughter is serving tables and his wife is seating customers. "Our business is completely run by our family," said Polles.

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