Graffiato Making Progress at 707 6th St, NW in Chinatown

According to their Web site:

In Spring 2011, Chef/Owner Mike Isabella will open Graffiato, an Italian-inspired restaurant in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC. The 120-seat spot will allow Chef Isabella to interact with guests while he crafts comforting dishes from seasonal produce and house made meats, hand-rolled pastas and marinated vegetable accoutrements. The two-story layout will feature an open butcher’s bar on the second floor and a large wood-fire oven tucked behind a U-shaped counter with 15 barstools on the first floor. Both stations encourage dialogue between the guests and chefs.

Chef Isabella will serve seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato promises to be anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi, tender pork ribs, bone marrow with cured lemon, and veal cheeks parmigiano are a few of the anticipated wood-oven dishes. Warm made-to-order fresh-stretched mozzarella and spiced red beets with pork fried almonds are sure to be popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.

Food, wine and beer will be sourced domestically, and often from the East Coast. Look for unique cocktails, barrel wine and Prosecco served straight from a tap.

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  • as long as that amazing-sounding pepperoni sauce is on the menu, me and gail simmons are in 😀 (she practically had a foodgasm over it on tv)

    can’t wait to try it. congrats to mr. isabella! i was always thrilled with his work at zaytinya and am looking forward to tasting a menu of his own creations.

    my italian heritage drives me to find authentic spots like what i’m hoping graffiato will be. a little confused on the wording though: “When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite” …, doesn’t that mean that the kitchen’s not closed…?? (*head scratching*)

    • That is bizarre wording! I take it to basically mean there will be a limited late night menu. (Maybe just pizzas or something?) Either way, what an odd way to describe it.

  • For some odd reason, I’m excited for this place. Maybe it’s Zaytinya, maybe Top Chef, who knows.

    I’m certainly not looking forward to another wood-fired pizza place. I feel that the wood fired pizza scene is saturated.

    Hopefully the small plates rock. Bone marrow and veal cheeks….droool…..

  • Salivating in anticipation… The food sounds amazing, and I don’t think Mikey deserves all the internet hate he’s been getting. He seems like a lot of fun and definitely kicks a** in the kitchen.

  • I’ll take Isabella any and every day over Spike. Never liked the kid, but his d-bag comments about DC being a ‘second tier’ city make me want to punch him. Whether it is or not, no one forced him to open his lousy restaurants here.

  • They’ll have to spend some dough advertising. That street is kind of a dead because one side of it is the back side of the Verizon Center. I’m sure they’ll do well though once word gets around.

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