1212 U Street, NW
It’s been a long time since we first heard the scuttlebutt about a new Italian place back in 2012. Alphonse Italian Market and Osteria, from the owners of Russia House and Biergarten Haus, is located at 1212 U Street, NW next to Ulah Bistro by the U Street metro.
I had to do a double take yesterday when I walked by and the front garage door window was open:
One of the owners gave me a little tour and said they should be open in 2-3 weeks. The downstairs area will open daily at 5am for breakfast then lunch and will transform into a proper restaurant in the evening. The space is still getting finishes touches so it’s a bit hard to envision but there will be lots of counter top/bar seating, booth/table seating in the back. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take photos of the upstairs but that will be home to an additional fine dining restaurant space and will host cooking classes from time to time.
Pizza oven imported from Italy:
Lots more details as they get closer to opening in a couple of weeks but in the meantime we can appreciate the transformation from the former Twelve12 space: