1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

More about Via Umbria here:

“Our authentic Italian market is dedicated to the bounty of Umbria, the rustic region known as il cuore verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy. We’ve been immersed in its rich culture for decades and our deep relationships with local artisans and purveyors give us rare access to products of exceptional quality and authenticity. Discover the finest Italian olive oils, Italian pasta, delicious chocolates, succulent sauces, handpainted ceramics, beautiful linens and much more. We invite you to explore the best of Italy’s unique cuisine and crafts today!”

Hours are currently “7 AM (coffee and pastries!) to 7 PM (pick up a pasta, sauce, and some kale after work for dinner). We are closed on Thanksgiving, but open ever other day.”

Photo courtesy Via Umbria

Stand by for a Grand Opening around December 5th.

loading the Piccolo Piaggio courtesy Via Umbria

via google maps

Ed. Note: Last week we learned of a mother with her three year old robbed at knife point at 12:30pm in Shaw.

From a Georgetown Listserv on Monday:

“I want to make everyone aware as I know there are many others with young children in the neighborhood. I took my young daughter to a music class this morning, near the intersection of Wisconsin and Q Street NW. At around 10:30am, I had just gotten her buckled back into her car seat when a group of what seemed to be teenagers started rushing up on me, trying to surround us and our SUV. We were parked around 33rd St NW and Wisconsin Ave, NW (close to the A Mano store and Gtwn library). I turned quickly as I saw three additional young men headed quickly towards us and was able to slam the door and lock the car, outmaneuvering them as I raced to the other side. By some miracle I was able to jump into the other side of the car, again locking it behind me and evade one of the teens as he tried to get into the car. As I tried to get out of the parking spot and get away from them, one grabbed what seemed to be a large rock and jumped up on the car and smashed it through my sun roof. Luckily, the cover on the inside of the roof was still closed and none of the glass rained down on us as it would have otherwise.

I blared on the horn and they all ran off and I was able to get away with my daughter, to safety.

For those of you that have young children and must buckle them into car seats, please be extra careful and check your surroundings as you do this. I was digging around in the diaper bag looking for snacks when this happened to me, and I’ll never make that mistake again.”

Confirmed by MPD:

“The incident was reported to MPD. MPD prepared an offense report for Destruction of Property. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

1206 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Back in July we learned “Greg Engert, Beer Director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, announces the opening of The Sovereign, a bar and bistro located at 1206 Wisconsin Ave NW (at the end of the alley at M St. NW & Wisconsin Ave. NW).”

They’re now hiring:

“The Sovereign – the latest project from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group – is a forthcoming Belgian bar and bistro committed to celebrating the rustic cuisine and fabled brewing culture of Belgium.

We are now hiring for all positions: Servers, Bartenders, Support (Food Runners and Bussers), Hosts, Cooks.

The two-story bar and bistro will open in late 2015.”



3207 Grace Street, NW

From Chaia:

“In preparation for the opening of our first shop in Georgetown, it is with great excitement and bittersweetness that we write you announcing our last White House FRESHFARM Market is TODAY Thursday, October 29th and our last Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is this Sunday, November 1st.

FRESHFARM Markets allowed Chaia to launch our business by testing out our local, seasonal tacos in an incredibly supportive community. Chaia’s first brick-and-mortar store, soon to open at 3207 Grace St NW in Georgetown, is the direct result of efforts by FRESHFARM to develop and support local businesses like ours and of course, all of our enthusiastic, dedicated customers who visit our market stand each and every week. (more…)

3023 Q Street Northwest

I had to see what a $16,500 rental looked like – not too shabby, not too shabby.

This house is located at 3023 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This Bracketed Italianate residence was built in 1868 by Henry Cooke, DC’s first mayor. Located on Cooke’s Row, 3023 was Cooke’s own residence and boasts numerous architectural details including the grand three-story curved staircase. This home is graced with 13 foot ceilings on the main level, seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms, five fireplaces and off-street parking with garage.”


You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/4.5 bath is going for $16,500/Mo.

1204 34th Street, NW

This could be awesome. Their website says:

“We love good food, and we know you do too. We wanted to make you amazing Indian food, but thought, why get held down by conventional standards? Our team at Curry & Pie is bringing you combinations of all of our favorite foods in ways you’ve never expected. We started with two classics and turned them into one out-there fusion menu, featuring Indian curries, fresh baked pizzas and even more tasty eats in between. We focus on good food made in creative ways in a friendly and low-key environment. From mid-week work lunches to family dinners to late night takeout, Curry & Pie is your new neighborhood spot. Life is short, don’t waste it on boring food.”

Check out their menu here.


3234 Prospect Street, NW

I love Greek food. Here’s to hoping it’s legit authentic! From a liquor license placard – Kouzina Authentic Greek Restaurant will be:

“A restaurant serving authentic Greek cuisine and dishes such as fish and meat with a Summer Garden. Total number of seats: 120. Total Occupancy Load: 140. Total number of Summer Garden seats: 50.”

It’s located right across the street from the Peacock Cafe: