Northwest Washington, Washington DC

    About Graffiato

    14584 7989

    Italian-inspired bar and restaurant Graffiato is the work of New Jersey native, Mike Isabella. What this translates as is Italian dishes, pasta and Prosecco aplenty, all served with an American edge. Opened mid-2011, it's relatively new addition to the Chinatown neighbourhood of the city and is a lively, vibrant space (when it's busy it gets pretty loud) spread over two storeys. The décor is loft-like with exposed brick and an urban buzz. The bar area is pretty big, though it fills up fast. A key part of the appeal is the Prosecco, literally on tap, but they also do a good range of cocktails try the Staring at the Sun, a potent mix of bourbon, apricot nectar, ginger and basil, or the vodka based Dear Rosemary. They also do a Graffiato market punch and, for those on the wagon, a range of house-made sodas including the delicious 5 spice ginger beer. The menu is inspired, apparently, by Isabella's Italian-American grandmother and the meals she prepared when he was a child, giving them a nicely authentic feel. Wood oven roasted dishes are a speciality think roasted potato gnocchi, bone marrow with cured lemon and king crab legs with sea urchin. If you can't make up your mind, you can order the chef's tasting menu and they'll choose a selection of dishes and drinks for you. The wine list is fairly extensive, a mix of domestic and Italian names in keeping with the owner's dual heritage. Come for the drinks but stay for the artisanal pizza, which is second to none, and Isabella's already famous chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce.

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