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La Forchetta, Coming to 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW, hires Chef Roberto Donna

by Prince Of Petworth February 29, 2012 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

In late Jan. 2012 a reader told us that La Forchetta, formerly Al Forno Pizza coming to 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW near American University hoped to open in March. More details about the space were revealed yesterday.

The Washington Post reports:

Hakan Ilhan, the owner of the local Pizza Autentica chain, has signed a one-year contract with the James Beard Award-winning Italian chef to head up the kitchen of a 116-seat restaurant called La Forchetta (formerly Balducci’s) at 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW. The restaurant, which will feature a wood-burning pizza oven and two open kitchens, is expected to serve fresh fish and house-made pasta and sausage – “Italian country, family-style,” says Donna — as early as the end of March.

  • Sounds good so far. Can’t wait to try their pizza.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Bobby Donna would be so kind as to work on the pizza recipe for Pizza Autentica while he’s at it.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      The secret of getting a good pizza at Pizza Autentica is to leave Pizza Autentica and go to Pete’s.

      • Jim Ed

        +1. work literally next door to Pizza Authentica, and the only time I eat there is if I have less than 10 minutes for work and no cash for the hot dog cart. It’s like a poor mans sbarro, and thats saying something.

  • Hopefully he will really just be foucsed on the kitchen and someone else for the front of the house or this place will fail in 6 months tops. Love his pizza though!

  • kolya

    Walked by today (3/15/12) and it looks like it’s open? I saw people sitting outside at tables.

    Anyone check it out yet? I live nearby so I’m really curious (:


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