Washington, DC

Photo courtesy of Graffiato

From a press release:

Douglas Development recently announced that Mike Isabella, former executive chef at the nationally-renowned Mediterranean restaurant, Zaytinya, and Bravo’s Top Chef ® contestant, has leased 5,000 square feet in the three-level Douglas Development-owned property at 707 6th Street, NW. Isabella will open his Italian-inspired restaurant, Graffiato, in Spring 2011.

Mike Isabella’s two-level eatery will feature a large wood-fire oven on the first floor, a charcuterie bar on the second floor, and seating for up to 150 guests. Isabella will serve seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates, inspired by the food he grew up eating. Graffiato’s menu will offer Italian specialty dishes, such as roasted potato gnocchi, pork ribs, and warm fresh-stretched mozzarella.

The restaurant will also cater to the late-night dining crowd. Food, wine and beer will be sourced domestically, and specifically from the East Coast, whenever possible. Look for unique additions like barrel wine and Prosecco served from a beverage gun.

“DC is really coming into it’s own as a ‘foodie’ city,” says Douglas Jemal, President of Douglas Development. Jemal adds, “Mike Isabella’s restaurant will be a great addition to the District’s restaurant scene, and we look forward to working with him. I’m confident that DC residents and visitors will readily welcome Graffiato and enjoy its convenient location in Penn Quarter, close to all the restaurants, shops, and museums.”

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