Posts Tagged ‘Carmine’s’

Gravy Trained: Mike Isabella’s Jersey-Italian Graffiato Is Neither Jersey Nor Italian. Discuss.

Chef Mike Isabella likes to play up his New Jersey roots—at least on TV. During season six of Top Chef, Isabella’s breakout performance to the nation, the former Zaytinya toque showcased his flair for Italian cooking, garnished with frequent nods to the Garden State. “When people would ask, ‘What part of Italy is your food […]

Carmine’s Humbly Embraces Rammy Awards Glory

New York transplant Carmine's hasn't lost that Big Apple boastfulness since opening in D.C.'s Penn Quarter last summer. After coming away from this year's Rammys with honors as "Power Spot of the Year" and "Favorite Restaurant," as voted by the public, the sprawling, 700-seat family-style restaurant is making sure that every passerby is aware of […]

And the Rammy Goes To: Todd Gray, Kyle Bailey, The Source, Estadio, All Big Winners on Awards Night

Todd Gray is out $100. The acclaimed chef at Equinox took top honors as D.C.'s "Chef of the Year" last night at the 2011 Rammy awards gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C., an honor which apparently comes at a price. During his acceptance speech, Gray confessed to betting against himself and […]

What’s In a Review Anyway? And What Does ‘Tender’ Taste Like?

I've been checking out the reviews of a few area restaurants in an attempt to better understand the process a critic uses when evaluating an establishment, and the usefulness of the material that results. I'm not frowning on restaurant reviews. I personally love reading a critic's praises as much as much as the bludgeoning a less-than-perfect […]

Post Magazine Heavy on Family-Style Italian Portions, 1st Date Strip Club Run

Earlier this fall, Tim Carman dug into D.C.’s newest family-style Italian places, Carmine's and Casa Nonna. Now that he’s decamped for The Washington Post, he can compare notes with Post critic Tom Sietsema, who in this weekend’s Post Magazine gave two stars to Casa Nonna, Amy Brandwein’s sleek new restaurant that’s taken the place of […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

For the first time in three weeks, the Rogue States trial didn't dominate blog traffic. Instead, y'all favored a mix of subjects, from Starbucks' plan to start selling alcohol to a four-star restaurant that lost its cache to the ongoing fascination with the sale of the Brickskeller. Hmm, I'm thinking the ultimate traffic-generating blog item […]

The Family Guise: Two New Italian Eateries Take Radically Different Approaches

The four of us have settled into our expansive four-top at Carmine’s when a food runner hustles by with what looks, from a distance, like a car battery on a tray. On closer inspection, it’s a squat tower of lasagna, a mammoth slab scaled to the oversized dimensions of the 20,000-square-foot family-style restaurant in Penn […]

A Look Inside the New Carmine’s in Penn Quarter

As promised last week, online producer Emily Kaiser has put together a visual tour of the new, 20,000-square-foot Carmine's in Penn Quarter, the almost-but-not-quite largest restaurant in D.C.  Check out that industrial-sized pasta cooker!

Carmine’s Set to Open Tuesday, And Poised to Bring More to D.C.

This afternoon, Y&H and online producer Emily Kaiser, with video camera in tow, took a tour of Carmine's, the 20,000-square-foot, family-style Italian-American operation set to open on Tuesday in Penn Quarter. Well, perhaps on Tuesday. It could open the following Tuesday, August 10, or even the Tuesday after that, August 17. But rest assured, it […]

Y&H Speaks Italian Today on WAMU

You can't throw a meatball — no, sorry, a gnocco slathered in goat ragu — without hitting some downtown Italian restaurant these days. I wrote about the crowded field in a recent Y&H column, but since that piece, Bibiana has opened and more Italian places are planned for neighborhoods just around the perimeter of downtown, including a […]

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